Cowgirls upset Aztecs in semis

by Danielle Gaut

Sam Sparhawk, Staff Photographer
Sam Sparhawk, Staff Photographer

Despite outshooting its opponent 12-6, the second-seeded San Diego State women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision against third-seeded Wyoming in the semifinal round of the Mountain West Championship in Albuquerque, N.M. last Friday.

SDSU was quick to take primary control of the ball in the first half. The Aztecs’ first scoring opportunity occurred in the opening two minutes of play when freshman forward Kelsey Booth took a shot from the far left wing that went wide.

The Aztecs’ backline remained solid and denied Wyoming’s offense any shots until the 20th minute in. The Aztecs frontline continued to capitalize, taking six more shots in the first half.

Although dominating all aspects of the contest in the first 45 minutes, SDSU was unable to put a shot past the goalie and the game remained scoreless.

At the start of the second half, the Aztecs continued to attack offensively taking two shots in the first 10 minutes. Booth took a shot from inside the box that was blocked in the 52nd minute, while junior midfielder Megan Jurado followed up less than a minute later with a shot that went wide. As the game progressed, the second half became more evenly matched as Wyoming began applying more offensive pressure.

The game remained actionless for nearly 10 minutes until the Cowgirls were able to capitalize on SDSU’s defensive mistake. In the 83rd minute of match play, a Wyoming defender crossed the ball directly to the head of an unmarked forward who placed the ball in the back of the net.

The Aztecs attempted two more shots in the game’s final minutes. However, their attempt at a late game comeback was cut short as time ran out.

SDSU outshot Wyoming in both periods while finishing the game with an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Boaz was awarded three saves.

The Aztecs concluded their season with an overall record of 10-7-3.