May 7, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 2009 Wyoming Cowgirl soccer schedule has been released and features 11 home games, several quality non-conference opponents, as well as a four-team home tournament.
Fall competition will begin on Friday, Aug. 14 with a home exhibition match against the Colorado Buffaloes, a 2008 NCAA tournament participant. The regular season starts on the road against three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champion Denver University on Aug. 22.
"We feel that we have put together a very competitive non-conference schedule. We are excited to get games with Colorado and Denver and to be able to bring Princeton to Laramie," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "Teams from numerous different conferences are on the slate and we know it will be a great test for us as we get ready for conference play."
After DU, the Cowgirls will return home for their next two games against Hartford on Aug. 28 and Western Michigan on Aug. 30, then hit the road to play Utah Valley State (Sept. 4) and Utah State (Sept. 6).
2008 Ivy League Conference champion Princeton will travel to Laramie on Sept. 10. Last season the Tigers were 12-3-2, and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
Wyoming will host Idaho State on Sept. 13, and then travel to Boise, Idaho, to play Portland State, and Boise State.
After a one year absence, the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic will return for the 2009 season. This year Boise State, UC Riverside, Gonzaga, as well as UW will participate. Games are scheduled for Sept. 25, and 27 at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
The Cowgirls will also host Northern Colorado in the Front Range Derby to close out the non-conference schedule on Oct. 4. Wyoming owns an all-time record of 5-1 against the Bears.
The Mountain West Conference season will start against Air Force on Oct. 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The next two conference games will also be on the road against New Mexico (Oct. 8), and TCU (Oct. 10).
The Cowgirls will then return to Laramie and have three consecutive MWC home games against San Diego State (Oct. 15), UNLV (Oct. 17) and Utah (Oct. 24). Last season Wyoming lost to BYU 1-0 in the final game of the year. This year the Cowgirls will travel to BYU on Oct. 31.
"The Mountain West Conference looks to be as strong as ever this fall. Most of the top players in the league are returning, with numerous very exciting incoming freshmen. We know what awaits us in conference play and are looking forward to the challenge," said Sanchez.
The 2009 MWC Tournament will be held in Provo, Utah. First round action will start on Nov. 4.
The Cowgirls begin practice for the 2009 season on Aug. 6.