Women's soccer falls to Wyoming

Sept. 22, 2007

Box Score

LARAMIE, Wyo. - JU women's soccer team lost 6-2 to Wyoming Friday night at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.

The Cowgirls scored two goals in the first 10 minutes after two goalkeeping errors cost the Dolphins. Freshman midfielder Juliana Candelaria opened the scoring in the third minute and junior forward Tamika Wilson scored her first of her three goals in the ninth minute after the ball slipped through the unlucky Dolphins' goalkeeper's hands on both occasions.

"Unfortunately, we were in a hole and trying to recover from the beginning of the game, said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "This is one of several games this year that our goalkeeper has put us in a bind. In this time in the season it is costing us, not only the games we are playing, but also in terms of confidence as well."

After going into the half down by the score of 4-0, the Dolphins were looking for an improved second half and junior forward Keri Zwikker gave them the best of starts, getting the goal just two minutes after the break after she finished a cross by sophomore midfielder Rosann Emmons.

Zwikker moved into a fourth-place tie in the JU record books - equaling Ranveig Aas-Hanssen's mark of 30 goals.

The Dolphins' joy was short lived, when just 50 seconds later, freshman forward Jerrica DiVincenzo dashed any hopes of a comeback. Junior defender Laine Hubbard became the third Wyoming player, along with Candelaria and DiVincenzo, to score her first career goal after she scored the Cowgirl's sixth and final goal in the 56th. Hubbard's goal was the Cowgirl's fourth from outside the box.

"Instead of having the momentum of having a goal and us coming at them, the team is deflated again," Kouns said. "To our credit we kept fighting. The second half was 2-2."

Dolphins' junior defender Katie Orr scored her first goal of the season after she headed in freshman midfielder Elizabeth Fink's corner kick in the 88th minute.

"Stephanie Kormanik, Louisa Ward, Katie Orr, Liz Fink, Emme Graham, Kerri Zwikker and Tamara Cormier really battled and played hard. They showed a lot of heart when the situation started turning bad," said Kouns. "The team is playing well enough, defending well enough, but we aren't getting the support in the net to win games, though I can't fault their effort, ultimately, it falls on me."

Freshman midfielder Liza Grimsgaard came off the bench and played the last 33 minutes in goal for the Dolphins, making three saves and allowing no goals in her first ever appearance in goal.

"We'll have to do the best we can to right the ship to get a win against Northern Colorado and get a win before we head into conference play next weekend," Kouns said.

The Dolphins are in action again on Sunday, taking on Northern Colorado at noon.