HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The University of Wyoming men’s golf team had its third top-five finish of the fall season with third place Sunday at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate.
The Cowboys totaled 850 strokes for 2-under par and had four golfers in the top 20, led by sophomore Kirby Coe-Kirkham. He finished in seventh place with a three-round total of 208 (5 under) at the University of Denver Golf Club.
Sophomore Tyler Severin and junior Carl Underwood tied for 13th place at 214, and senior Dan Starzinski tied for 19th at 217. Junior Bryce Waters tied for 27th at 220 to complete UW’s scoring for the tourney. Redshirt freshman Liam Clancy and sophomore Jared Edeen competed as individuals. Clancy tied for 31st at 222, and Edeen tied for 37th at 224.
“The guys played really hard these last three days,” Joe Jensen, UW director of golf and men’s coach, said. “We just needed a few more putts to fall today. We played solid, but no one really got on a roll (Sunday). We’ve been in contention in three of our four fall tournaments, and I feel good about the three strong finishes we’ve had.”
Host Denver won the team title at 846 (6 under) four strokes ahead of the Cowboys. North Dakota State was second at 849, one stroke ahead of Wyoming. The individual medalist honors were shared by Denver’s Jackson Solem and Northern Colorado’s Jack Castiglia, who had 54-hole totals of 204 (9 under).
The Cowboys had a quick turnaround for the first two rounds of golf to begin the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational on Monday. The University of Colorado event is played at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie.
TULSA, Okla. — The doubles team of sophomores Mihaela Kaftanova and Ida Krause picked up a victory in the consolation round Monday at the ITA All-Americas when they defeated East Carolina’s Alisa Diercksen and Lisa Hofbauer 8-4.
The duo — playing together for the first time this season — opened with a loss in the qualifying draw to the University of Pennsylvania’s Iuliia Bryzgalova and Marija Cunic.
“I thought we got started slowly in our first match (Monday), which put us in a hole we couldn’t get out of,” UW coach Dean Clower said. “In our second match we started out playing our style and then finished that way.”
Kaftanova and Krause will continue doubles consolation play today and will need to win three more matches to advance to the main draw.
UW sophomore Maria Oreshkina also played at the ITA’s in the singles portion of the event Sunday. She was defeated by Miami (Ohio)’s Brindtha Ramasamy 6-2, 7-5. Oreshkina was unable to play in her consolation bracket because it was cancelled because of inclement weather.
“This has been a great learning experience for the girls,” said Clower. “To be able to play against the top players in the country is very beneficial, and I felt like we showed that we belong.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Wyoming senior Summer Taube scored two second-half goals, including a game-winning penalty kick with a little more than a minute left in regulation Sunday to lift the Cowgirls soccer team to a Mountain West win on the road.
The Cowgirls (5-4-3 overall, 2-2-0 MW) beat Colorado College 3-2 during a game when both UW goalkeepers also had a slew of saves when the Tigers had 27 shots and peppered the goal with 14 on frame. UW sophomore keeper Hannah Lee had six first-half saves; sophomore Riley Furbush had five in the second half.
“I’m really proud of the team’s effort,” UW coach Pete Cuadrado said. “They fought hard against a team that’s a quality five and well coached. “We had to adjust our game with a few people going down, but to see players play different positions and have to move around — I was really pleased with the fight we had and the way we were able to keep going. It was next person up and proud of that.”
Taube scored the penalty kick in the 89th minute for UW’s first lead in the game that lasted just 1 minute, 9 seconds until the final whistle.
The Cowgirls answered each time the Tigers (7-3-0, 2-1-0) scored to hand Colorado College its first conference loss.
Colorado College took an early lead when sophomore Abby Hubbard’s shot went into the upper-right part of the net in the fourth minute.
UW — with 11 shots, seven on goal in the game — scored on its first shot of the game when sophomore Amber Vokoun scored unassisted in the 10th minute. Although both teams had plenty of scoring chances and shots, the scoreboard was unchanged for a 1-1 tie at the break.
Sophomore Tony Tsamasfyros gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the 53rd with a goal on an assist from junior Wilt. UW tied the match in the 69th when a corner kick from junior Elaine Webber found Taube for the header and score. It was during one of five corner kicks for the Cowgirls, while the Tigers had 10 opportunities from the corner.
The Cowgirls will begin a four-game homestand, hosting San Jose State at 3 p.m. Friday.