April 15, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University Of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team and head coach Danny Sanchez would like to announce the 2011 fall schedule. The Cowgirls will host 11 home games and welcome two teams from the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Wyoming Soccer will open the season on Saturday, Aug. 13 with a home exhibition match against Denver. Following the home opener, UW will go on the road for six consecutive games against Oregon (Aug. 19), Montana (Aug. 21), Utah Valley (Aug. 26), Colorado (Aug. 28), Washington State (Sept. 2) and Eastern Washington (Sept. 4).
"I think it is clearly our most demanding non-conference schedule we have had since we have been here," Sanchez said. "We have three Pac-12 teams in the first five games all on the road and we are on the road the first three weekends of the season. I think that will be a really good early test for us."
On Sept. 9, the Cowgirls will return to Laramie to open an eight-game home stand at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Wyoming's eight consecutive home games will begin on Sept. 9 when it hosts Cleveland State and Weber State on Sept. 11. The following weekend UW will host Drake (Sept. 16) and Colorado State-Pueblo (Sept. 18). On Sept. 23 the Cowgirls will host South Dakota, then will host Creighton, a 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifier, on Sept. 25. The eight consecutive home games will conclude with two home games on the weekend of Sept. 30, including the first meeting with new Mountain West Conference member Boise State on Sept. 30. The final game of the home stand will be the 2011 edition of the Front Range Derby against rival Northern Colorado.
"We are excited to get back home for four straight weekends, but we face some very good opponents," Sanchez added. "At the end of the home stretch we host MWC newcomer Boise State, as well as hosting the Front Range Derby with our rival Northern Colorado."
The MWC season will continue for Cowgirl Soccer on Oct. 14 when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on the New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos will be the Cowgirls' second contest against a 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifier. The same weekend Wyoming will travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on the TCU Horned Frogs on Oct. 16.
The Cowgirls will host their final two home games of the season the weekend of Oct. 21. They will open the final two home games with MWC opponent San Diego State on Oct. 21. For the 2011 Senior Day the Cowgirls will host the UNLV Rebels on Oct. 23.
The final regular season game for Cowgirl Soccer will be on Oct. 29 in Colorado Springs, Colo., against the Air Force Academy.
"As the conference evolves, I feel it is very wide open," Sanchez said. "There are some very good teams returning but I don't believe there is much that separates the top from the bottom and I think last seasons' conference play really proved that. We put together a non-conference schedule that is really going to prepare us for the six conference games that are the focus of the season."
The 2011 MWC postseason tournament will be Nov. 2-6 in Albuquerque.
Cowgirl Soccer will begin fall training Aug. 2.