The University of Wyoming women’s soccer team probably should have come away with a winning result Friday against Montana.
Backup freshman goaltender Hannah Lee made sure the Cowgirls at least didn’t come away with a loss.
Lee, who entered the match at halftime, stopped Montana’s Kennedy Yost on a breakaway early in the second overtime to preserve a 0-0 draw at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
It’s the second consecutive home match for UW (3-1-2 overall) that has ended in a scoreless draw.
Cowgirls coach Pete Cuadrado was feeling much better about Friday’s draw than the one against Northern Iowa two weeks prior.
“The energy and effort was there,” Cuadrado said. “We’ve got to clean up some things and that’s part of it. Eighty percent of it is there.
“We were dangerous, we were creating opportunities, it’s just that last cross that needs to be in the right spot and we need to find good people in the box. When we do that, goals will happen.”
The Cowgirls again played without senior forward Brittney Stark and junior forward Michaela Stark, both out with injuries. Cuadrado said Michaela could be back for Sunday’s home match against Iowa and Brittney is targeting a return for the start of Mountain West play.
“We could use two veterans up front,” Cuadrado said. “They’re different. They’ve been there before, and that’s half the battle.”
UW was limited to two shots during the first half, but came alive in the second half, particularly over the final 20 minutes. The Cowgirls had several good scoring chances, either just missing on a connecting pass or missing putting the ball on goal.
After a scoreless first overtime, it looked like the Lady Griz (1-3-2) were going to steal a win when Yost got behind the UW defense. But Lee read the play well and challenged Yost and stopped her shot with a leg save.
“Ball slipped through and I saw there was a little distance between her and the ball,” Lee said. “I didn’t think, I just went for it.
“You just go out and be as big as you can and get anything you can on it.”
Lee took over in goal from senior Cristina Salazar, who pitched a shutout for the first half.
Offensively, senior midfielder Anna Clayton led the team with three shots.
UW finished with four shots on goal while Montana had three.
UW hosts Iowa at noon Sunday in its final nonconference home match.
COWGIRLS 0, LADY GRIZ 0
Montana 0 0 0 0 — 0
Wyoming 0 0 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF SCORING
SECOND HALF SCORING
Shots: Montana 12; Wyoming 9. Shots on goal: Montana 3; Wyoming 4. Saves: Montana 4 (Claire Howard 4); Wyoming 3 (Hannah Lee 2, Cristina Salazar 1). Fouls: Montana 17; Wyoming 10. Offsides: Montana 2; Wyoming 2. Corner kicks: Montana 1; Wyoming 4. Cards: Montana (Zoe Transtrum, yellow); Wyoming (none).