LARAMIE -- Similar to the weather that descended upon Laramie, the University of Wyoming soccer team’s offense struggled to warm up Friday. As a result, the Cowgirls dropped a 1-0 decision to UNLV at the Madrid Sports Complex.

The loss drops UW to 6-8-1 overall and 2-5-0 in Mountain West Conference play. The victory moves the Rebels to 10-6-0 overall and 3-4-0 in league action.

“We need to be able to find a way to rise when things are hard,” head coach Colleen Corbin said. “It comes down to composure, maturity and grit to win the little battles, so that we can win the big battle. I think we are still learning how to manage that.”

After tallying at least two goals in every home match but one this season, Wyoming has had trouble rediscovering that same offensive fluidity of late. The Cowgirls netted one goal against Colorado College on Sunday at home, and Friday marked the first time all season that they’d been shutout at the Madrid Sports Complex.

“We can’t talk about creating chances or scoring goals or winning games if we aren’t talking about winning your individual battles first,” Corbin said. “That’s what this team needs to focus on right now.”

UNLV outshot Wyoming 17-8. Redshirt-junior midfielder Jamie Tatum paced the Cowgirls, accounting for half of those eight shots.

Jules Dominguez had a team-high three shots for the Rebels. One of them found the back of the net, as she scored in the 12th minute to give the contest its lone goal.

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Daws had an active night in net for Wyoming. She recorded eight saves and five in the final 45 minutes to keep it a one-score game.

The Cowgirls remain at home and will celebrate Alumni Day on Sunday. Wyoming plays host to Nevada at 11 a.m. at the Madrid Sports Complex where at halftime former members of UW soccer will be recognized.

* UW press release

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