Wyoming women’s soccer hosts the Border War matchup with Colorado State for senior day at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex this Friday at 3 p.m. MT. The senior day presentation is set to begin at 2:40 p.m.
After earning a spot in the Mountain West Tournament with last weekend’s positive results, the Cowgirls now look to improve their seeding with a win over conference rival Colorado State. Wyoming sits at 9-7-2 overall and 5-4-1 in league play, and has lost only one game in its last seven outings. Last year, the Cowgirls made history notching back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time. On Friday, UW will look to send the seniors off as the first class to tally three seasons with 10 wins or more.
Wyoming was one of two conference teams to hold both of their opponents scoreless over the past weekend. Junior goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree and the UW back line now have seven shutouts on the year, one short of tying the single-season record. On the offensive end, the Cowgirls are much improved in their shot selection since beginning conference play. Wyoming has tallied the second-fewest shots per game (9.2 s/g), but are third in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43).
Wyoming’s leading scorer, freshman forward Michaela Stark, has tallied six goals on the year and four in league games. Stark’s six goals rank tied for seventh in the MW, and she is second in the conference in scoring among true freshman. Senior defender Sammi Dunda and junior defender Alisha Bass lead UW with four assists each this season. All of Bass’s assists have come in league play, tying for the most in the MW.
The Cowgirls are vying with Boise State and Utah State for the fifth seed in the MW tournament. The Broncos and Aggies will face each other on Friday night, and either team winning paired with a UW victory
would earn the Cowgirls the fifth-place finish in the league.
“We’re obviously excited to celebrate our seniors,” UW head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “Colorado State has nothing to lose so we know it’s going to be a battle. Any time we play in the Border War, we know it’ll be tough. Hopefully we get it done for the seniors, but we have the extra motivation of trying to move up a seed in the conference tournament.”
Colorado State heads into the final game of the 2016 season with a record of 3-13-2 and 1-8-1 in conference play, and sitting in last place in the MW. The Rams are coming off weekend losses to San Diego State and New Mexico, and are winless in their last seven matches.
Offensively, the Rams are led by sophomore forward Kaija Ornes with a team-best four goals. However, the Rams have struggled to get things going in the attack. Colorado State has recorded the fewest shots in the conference (179), and also earned the second-fewest points (32), assists (6) and goals (13).
Defensively, the Rams depend on junior goalkeeper Paige Brandt to protect the net, but allow 16.3 shots per game from opponents. Colorado State is fourth in saves but owns the highest goals-against average, allowing 33 goals in 18 games (1.83).
Wyoming is 3-0-0 all-time in the Border War. Friday’s contest will be the second meeting in Laramie in the history of the series. The last matchup at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex resulted in a 4-1 victory for the Cowgirls. Last season, UW traveled to Colorado State and edged out the Rams, 2-1.
The live stream of the match will be available through GoWyo.com, and will also be available for viewing on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com and on Campus Insiders at CampusInsiders.com. Live stats can be found at the link above. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter (@WYOSOCCER) for live updates throughout the game.