* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming soccer team didn’t perform at its best Thursday against Fresno State at the Madrid Sports Complex. And a good test of a team’s quality is what it can accomplish when it isn’t at its best.
The answer is three points. And an impactful three points at that.
The Cowgirls edged Fresno State, 2-1, to improve to 5-6-5 on the season and 4-3-2 (14 points) in Mountain West Conference play. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-13-3 overall and 1-7-1 (four points) in league action.
“It was definitely not our best soccer game,” head coach Colleen Corbin said. “It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t fun to watch. But good teams win games even when they shouldn’t.”
The victory keeps Wyoming – which began Thursday in seventh place in the conference standings, a point out of sixth – in the race for a top-six spot and a ticket to the conference tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One point may not have done that.
“It changes everything,” Corbin said. “We needed a result today. We needed a win.”
Senior Jamie Tatum provided the fireworks during the 89th minute. She took the free kick just outside the box that was created from a run by sophomore Maddi Chance and deposited the ball in the back of the net.
It’s Tatum’s second game-winning goal in the last three contests and the sixth of her career. It’s also her 20th career goal scored.
“Jamie is a very technical, very good goal-scorer,” Corbin said. “That’s what it’s about. That’s what this team is. They have so much belief in each other, and they trust each other to do their jobs and own their roles.”
Fellow senior Keelie Wortmann recorded the game’s first goal. She headed in a corner from Tatum in the 39th minute that made it 1-0.
Fresno State found the equalizer during the 60th minute. Kaelyn Miller scored to level the game at 1-1.
Wyoming out-shot the Bulldogs, 15-9, which included a 5-3 edge in shots on target. Tatum led the way with four shots, while Chance had three and Wortmann and junior Alyssa Bedard logged two apiece.
Cowgirl senior goalkeeper Miyuki Schoyen registered a pair of saves. Fresno State goalie Valentina Vivas turned away three shots.
Wyoming remains at home and celebrates Senior Day on Sunday. The Cowgirl hosts San Jose State at 1 pm and before the match they’ll honor seniors Maria Allen, Alex Daws, DeLaney Hallcroft, Haylee Rice and Kennedy Schomer.
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