With a few of the saves made by freshman goal keeper Jordan Nytes, it was hard to tell the difference between Thursday night football and Thursday night fútbol in Neal Patterson Stadium.
The Cowgirls battled the West Virginia Mountaineers in a tie of 1-1 on Thursday night. The match was a big defensive stand between both teams, especially with each of the goalkeepers. Coming off of an undisclosed injury, Cowgirl Jordan Nytes made the most of her return with six saves on the night. Many of her saves come in the form of high balls and her ability to locate and prevent while high in the air.
“Her ability to deal with high balls is crucial,” said Coach Collin Carmichael “That’s something she brings to the table that a lot of keepers, if any in our league can’t do. It just diffuses some potentially dangerous situations and we’re really thankful to have her back.”
Nytes truly looked like she was back and performing at the top of her game. She made a few reaches that were anything but easy, and teammate Megan Haines took notice.
“Her ability to catch balls out of the air,” Haines said. “She can just calm them down with one hand and it just looks like no effort.”
As for Nytes herself, she was just excited to have the opportunity to step back out onto the field again.
“I’m glad to be back,” Nytes said. “It was tough not playing the last couple, but Ary (Purifoy) got it done and I’m really proud of her. I think I’m back for good now and I’m excited for the next couple of days.”