March 29, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team beat Arizona, a Sweet-16 team from last year, and tied UTEP, another 2005 NCAA Tournament participant, as they continued their spring training last Sunday on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.
The Cowgirls opened the day with a 2-1 win over Arizona, who lost to eventual National Champion Portland in the Sweet-16 last fall. After falling behind 1-0 to the Wildcats, the Cowgirls quickly answered when Corey Thieman scored a header on a corner kick by Halee Davis. The Cowgirls then took the lead for good when Christine Nagel picked up a loose ball in the box for the game winning goal.
Directly after the Arizona game, the Cowgirls squared off with former Western Athletic Conference rival UTEP, who advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament. After 80-minutes of scoreless soccer the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Jamie Scarcliff earned the shutout win in net for Wyoming. Following the Cowgirl's second game, UTEP and Arizona played to a 0-0 tie.
"It was a great day for our team," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "We played two very tough NCAA tournament teams and had two solid games against them. I thought our defensive line of Corey Thieman, Christina Best, Laine Hubbard, Rachel Schetrom and Carolyn Clarke had an especially great day. Jamie Scarcliff had two solid games in goal, made some great saves and allowed just one goal. Jessica Brown also had a great day in the middle.
"Overall we really stepped up against two quality opponents and did a great job. It is important to continue improving as a team with every practice and every game this spring. Our goal this spring is to get our younger players experience against some high quality teams, and this they definitely got that last weekend."
The Cowgirls will continue spring training this Saturday as they host their annual alumni game. The game will be played at 3 p.m. at either the UW Soccer Stadium or Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium (depending on the weather). Prior to the game, the current UW soccer team will be signing autographs during the UW football scrimmage at the WAR beginning at 1 p.m.
Below is the remaining 2006 UW Soccer Spring Schedule:
Sat., April 1, Alumni Game, Laramie, Wyo.
Sat.-Sun., April 8-9, Toyota Soccer Classic, Temecula, Calif., Opponents: Cal-State Northridge, USC and UC Riverside
Sat., April 22, UW Outdoor Tournament, Laramie, Wyo., Opponents: Northern Colorado and Metro State