Wyoming clinches share of Mountain West regular-season title, No. 1 seed
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming soccer team clinched a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season title Thursday night.
With the Cowgirls 4-0 victory at Colorado State coupled with a 0-0 draw between New Mexico and San Diego State, Wyoming shared the regular-season title for the first time since 2018.
"It's so fun for me to see all of the hard work the girls have put in since our season ended last year come to fruition," head coach Colleen Corbin said. "I'm so thankful for my staff who has always had my back, who has believed in my vision. I'm so thankful for the girls that have bought in completely and selflessly into the process. I couldn't have scripted it any better."
The Cowgirls also earned the No. 1 seed and a bye into the semifinals of the conference tournament. San Jose State defeated Fresno State, 1-0, to vault themselves into a three-way tie with Wyoming and New Mexico at 20 points – a three-way tie that the Cowgirls won.
Wyoming will play the winner of the 4-5 game between San Diego State and Utah State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Soccer leaves no doubt in victory over Rams, locks up top-two seed at upcoming conference tourney
FORT COLLINS, Colo., – The University of Wyoming soccer team has made rallying in matches a habit this season. Coming into Thursday’s regular-season finale, the Cowgirls had logged four come-from-behind victories in Mountain West Conference play.
Coming back had become the norm. But Wyoming was having none of that at Colorado State.
The Cowgirls pounced on the Rams and never let up en route to a 4-0 victory at the CSU Soccer Stadium. The win improves Wyoming to 7-6-5 overall and 6-3-2 (20 points) in conference play, while the loss drops Colorado State to 4-7-8 overall and 1-4-6 (nine points) in conference.
“We knew that we were capable of putting together a really solid 90 minutes, and I feel like all the pieces are coming together for us right now,” head coach Colleen Corbin said. “Every single person on this team is a contributor. People are involved, people are invested, people are excited, and they’re bought into what the new norm is for this program.”
The win assures Wyoming of a top-two seed at the conference championships and a first-round bye. The tournament – held in Albuquerque, New Mexico – begins on Sunday with seeds 3-6 competing in the quarterfinals, while the top-two seeds advance to the semifinals Wednesday.
Wyoming will know its fate with regard to the regular-season title Thursday night. If San Diego State wins or ties at New Mexico, the Cowgirls will earn a share of the regular-season crown.
That’s the reality of the situation, and it was made possible by what happened Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Cowgirls seized control of the match from the outset. Junior Alyssa Bedard netted the game’s first goal in the 19th minute off a feed from senior Faith Joiner.
It took just over a minute of game action for Wyoming to pad its advantage. Senior Jamie Tatum scored off a feed from sophomore Liv Stutzman to make the game 2-0.
Stutzman got on the board herself in the 50th minute. She scored off passes from Joiner and sophomore Maddi Chance.
Freshman Alyssa Glover put the exclamation point on the win. She netted a score in the 80th minute.
Seniors Miyuki Schoyen and Alex Daws combined for Wyoming’s first shutout since the early stages of the 2021 fall season. Together, they made six saves on the day.
“We have been searching for a shutout for a long time,” Corbin said. “Taylor Brook and Keelie Wortmann have been great for us. Kylee Holstad, Sydney Miller and Rae Gerking, they were all bought in and connected and invested and committed. They’ve wanted this badly, so I’m excited for them that they earned that.”
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