Oct. 29, 2011
Liz O'Reilly scored twice and Ellen McCormick added a goal and an assist to lead the Wyoming women's soccer team to a 5-1 victory over Air Force Saturday at Cadet Soccer Stadium in the Falcons' 2011 season finale. The Falcons finish the season with a 6-10-3 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the Mountain West, while the Cowgirls improved to 10-5-4 overall and 3-1-2 in league play.
Wyoming got on the scoreboard first in the 15th minute when Allison Masumiya knocked in a penalty kick after teammate Kayla Davis was taken down in the box by Air Force goalie Kelly Stambaugh. O'Reilly put the Cowgirls up 2-0 in the 40th minute when she gathered the ball near midfield, dribbled about 20 yards and fired a 40-yard shot into the right post past Stambaugh.
The Falcons had three great scoring chances in the first half as Kaleigh Moses and McKenna Fox had good looks in the box while Leah Bratt had a 20-yard rocket clank off the crossbar and straight down before getting cleared by the Cowgirl defense. Air Force cut the lead in half and gained some momentum early in the second half when Moses scored her first goal of the season in the 57th minute. Bridgett Murphy sent a centering pass directly in front of the net, where Moses was waiting to knock it past Wyoming keeper Courtney Merkle.
The Falcons' momentum was short-lived, however, as McCormick scored less than a minute later to give the Cowgirls another two-goal advantage. Davis started the play on the left side and sent a pass into the box to McCormick, who fired a 12-yard shot past Air Force backup goalkeeper Hannah Schwartz.
Wyoming put the game away with goals by O'Reilly and Andrea Baytaluke in the final three minutes.
Air Force held a 17-16 lead in total shots, while Wyoming had a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal. Moses led all players with five shots, while Sara Paul had a team-high four for Wyoming. Merkle made eight saves for the Cowgirls, while Stambaugh had three saves and Schwartz two for Air Force.