March 1, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team opened their spring season with a 4-1-1 record in their own tournament, last Saturday in the UW Fieldhouse.
The tournament featured Western Nebraska, two Denver University teams, Regis and two Wyoming teams. The tournament featured nine 35-minute games with no halftime.
The Cowgirls also hosted a youth clinic on Sunday that was attended by over 100 kids. The clinic was held in the fieldhouse and was attended by kids ranging from 4-14 years of age. The clinic focused on soccer basics such as passing, dribbling, shooting, goalkeeping andended with a scrimmage.
"This was the biggest turnout we have ever had which was great,"said UW head coach Anne Moore. "The team had a lot of fun working with the kids. It was a great opportunity to interact with the community and a real win-win situation for everyone."
In Saturday's tournament, the Cowgirls split into two teams for their first four games of the day. In the first game of the tournament, the second Cowgirls team tied Western Nebraska 3-3.Scoring UW's goals were Celia White on an assist from Alexiss Stanley, Christina Best and newcomer Comfort Adetoye. In game 2, the first Cowgirls team beat the second Denver team 8-2. They were led by Mercy Adetoye who scored four goals and added two assists. Meghan Racette added a goal and an assist, Melissa Bowman scored two goals and Leah Ramsey added one. Game four saw the second UW team drop a6-3 match to the second Denver team. Mercy Adetoye scored two goals and Mari Gomes added one. The sixth game featured a 3-1 win by the first Cowgirl team over Denver 1. Mercy Adetoye and Racette each scored one goal and had one assist and Ramsey added one goal.
The Cowgirls then combined to form one team for its final two games.In the first game, Wyoming beat Denver 5-3. UW took an early 2-0 lead with the Adetoye sisters combining for both goals as Mercy assisted Comfort on both. Denver then scored a pair of goals to tie the game at two before Andrea Soltau scored to put UW up 3-2. Denver quickly answered and tied the game at 3-3. Mercy Adetoye put the Cowgirls up for good when she scored on a Celia White corner kick. Carolyn Clarke scored an insurance goal at the end of the game and the Cowgirls won 5-3.
In the final game of the day, the Cowgirls faced off with Regis University. Regis scored the first goal of the game but Jessica Brown tied things up at 1-1 with a shot from 20 yards out. Kristin Gurrola scored on a penalty kick to put UW up 2-1. Clarke scored on a White assist and the game ended in a 3-1 Cowgirl win
"This was a great opportunity to get back on the field and start the spring season," added Moore. "It was nice to see where we are after lifting weights and running over the last five weeks. We did a lot of really nice things on the day. It was a little tough when we split into two teams so it was really nice to come together to for our last two games."
The Cowgirls spring schedule will continue on Saturday and Sunday April 2-3 with the University of Colorado tournament. They will then travel to California for games with UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State on April 9-10. They will close out their spring by hosting a tournament on Saturday, April 16 and the annual alumni game on Sunday, April 17.