UW Lights Up Scoreboard in Lopsided Victory Over Colorado College
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming soccer team revealed its brand-new scoreboard Sunday. And the new piece of technology at the south end of the Madrid Sports Complex received a workout.
The Cowgirls utilized many of those new lightbulbs and pixels in their 5-0 victory over Colorado College. The win pushes Wyoming to 6-6-4 overall and 2-5-1 (7 points) in Mountain West Conference play, while the loss drops Colorado College to 2-12-1 overall and 2-6-0 (6 points) in league action.
“We felt like if we could capitalize on our chances, we’d get a result,” head coach Colleen Corbin said. “We feel like we’ve been generating enough offensively, we’ve been good, and we just felt like if we showed up and played the way we’d been playing and genuinely believed we belonged here and genuinely believed we were still in this fight that we could get a result.”
The result entailed a milestone moment for Jamie Tatum. Her goal in the 53rd minute, assisted by Alyssa Glover, was the 25th of her career. That makes Tatum the all-time goals leader in program history.
“I’m really happy for her,” Corbin said. “She’s been pushing, and she’s been fighting, and she’s been showing up for the people around her. It’s awesome for her to get some recognition, especially after a good result.”
Tatum’s goal wasn’t the most esthetically pleasing score of her career. But it was a goal that embodies a workmanlike attitude from not just her but the teammates around her, as well.
“It wasn’t a pretty goal,” Corbin said. “It was scrappy and generated by other people. We crashed the net and had lots of bodies in the way, and those are the types of goals that we hadn’t been scoring thus far this season.”
Taylor Brook opened the scoring early on Sunday with her first goal of the season. She tallied it during the second minute off a pass from Glover.
Maddi Chance gave the Cowgirls a 2-0 halftime lead with a score in the 22nd minute. Tatum had the assist.
While the first half was dominated by Wyoming, Corbin wanted to see an equally-as-aggressive team in the second half. And she got that.
“I’m incredibly proud of them in the second half,” Corbin said. “It has been hard for us this year in terms of continually putting on the same amount of pressure and continuing to show up the same way defensively. For us to come out and score two goals back-to-back is a huge step forward for us because we’d really been struggling in that area.”
Chance boasted her second goal of the game, fifth of the season, in the 49th minute. Sydney Miller followed Tatum’s score with the game’s final goal in the 78th minute, which was assisted on by Lily Brongo and Ally Beavers.
Haley Bartel received the nod to start at goalkeeper for the Cowgirls. She made three saves for her first-career shutout.
Wyoming finished the game having put on 25 shots versus just 12 for the Tigers. The victory also marked the Cowgirls’ largest margin of victory in a shutout in conference play in program history.
Wyoming hits the road for the final time in league play this season. The Cowgirls play at San Diego State on Thursday at 7 p.m. before traveling to New Mexico on Sunday.
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