LARAMIE, Wyo. – Wyoming soccer will travel to Pocatello, Idaho for its first road contest of the 2016 season against the Idaho State Bengals on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. MT from Davis Field.
Wyoming looks to build on a positive result in its first outing of the 2016 campaign, a 2-0 win over Houston Baptist. The Cowgirls dominated possession and pressured the Huskies’ back line all game, evidenced by the team’s 20 shots and 11 shots on goal. Wyoming also earned 10 corners and prevented the visitors from making a single trip to the corner flag. The Cowgirls also held the Huskies to just two shots, one on goal, and junior goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree came up with the save.
The Cowgirls were one of four Mountain West teams to shut out their opponent in their season-opening match. They were one of five teams to net multiple goals, and tied with UNLV for the most shots (20). Wyoming also played a clean game defensively, committing the third-fewest fouls (6) among MW teams.
Wyoming is 1-1-2 in road openers under head coach Pete Cuadrado, most recently playing Montana to a scoreless draw last season in Missoula. Tuesday marks the ninth meeting all-time between the Cowgirls and the Bengals. Wyoming leads the series, 4-3-1, after defeating Idaho State by a score of 3-0 last season.
“This will be a good road test,” said Cuadrado. “Idaho State is a much-improved team from last year.”
Idaho State is 1-1-0 on the year after earning its first win of 2016 against a familiar foe on Sunday. The Bengals bested Houston Baptist, 4-2, at home in a game that saw the Bengals tally 30 shots. The Huskies struck first in the 27th minute, but Idaho State answered with two goals before halftime. After Houston Baptist equalized in the 73rd minute, the Bengals put up two more goals in a three-minute span to secure the victory.
The Bengals’ offense is led by freshman forwards Michaela Didericksen and Brooke Kortekaas, who each have two goals on the year. Freshman midfielder Jazmin Lopez leads the team in assists with two. Idaho State is 0-1 this season against MW foes after falling at Boise State, 2-1, in its season-opener.
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