May 28, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It was a team-bonding trip of a lifetime for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team, as they recently returned home from a 10-day trip to Europe that began on May 10 and ended on May 19. During the trip, they played two games in England, two in Holland and were able to visit some of the most historic places in the world.
The Cowgirls played four games on the trip, posting a 3-0-1 record. They outscored their opponents 9-1 on the trip. They also did plenty of sightseeing that was highlighted by stops to Wembley Stadium, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Windsor Castle, the city of Amsterdam and the Van Gogh Museum.
"What a great experience this trip was for our program," UW head coach Danny Sanchez said. "Not only was the soccer fantastic, the sightseeing and cultural experiences we had were real special."
After arriving in Amsterdam, Holland on May 11, the Cowgirls played their first game of the trip on May 12 against Ter Leede in Amsterdam. The Cowgirls played to a 1-1 tie with the top ranked amateur team in Amsterdam, who would end up playing in the national cup final that weekend. Ter Leede took a 1-0 advantage early in the second half off of a corner kick, but the Cowgirls answered late when Jules Candelaria scored on a pass from Chelsea Coddington in extra time.
The Cowgirls played their second game of the trip two days later in Amsterdam against SC'T Zand. They won that game 1-0, led by a goal by Kerstyn Etheridge off of an assist from Emily Layton in the 79th minute.
Next, the Cowgirls traveled to from Holland to London, England. They played their first match in London against the Watford Ladies on May 16. The Watford Ladies are one of the top-10 teams in the Women's English Premier League and the Cowgirls managed to pull off a 1-0 win. Katie Amsberry scored the game's lone goal off of a cross from Morgan Johnson in the 37th minute.
The Cowgirls closed out their trip with another game in London, this time against the Fullham Ladies. The trip came to an end in style, as they cruised to a 6-0 win. Goal scorers in the game included Mara Cosgrove, Coddington, Allison Masumiya, Amsberry, Emma Wilson and Candelaria. Layton and Cassie Sheffield added two assists a piece, while Shalayne Janis and Coddington each chipped in one assist each.
"We feel that we made some really positive strides individually and as a soccer team during this trip," Sanchez added. "To be able to play on foreign soil and represent not only the University of Wyoming, but the entire state of Wyoming was special."
Now back in Laramie for the summer, the Cowgirls will look forward to beginning fall practice in early August.