Cowgirl Soccer Kicks off Season with Fall Practices

The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team began its 2014 season on Wednesday with the first preseason practices. Third-year head coach Pete Cuadrado will lead his Cowgirls with two-a-day practices for the next two weeks as they prepare for their regular-season opener against Kansas on Friday, Aug. 22.

"I have been happy with the energy and effort, even more so the excitement of a new season," Cuadrado said.

Wyoming soccer welcomes back 18 players from last season's squad that went 7-11-4 and 4-4-2 in Mountain West competition. The returning seniors include, goalkeeper Alex Boehm, forwards Hayley Charlton and Kasey Curtis, defenders Alison Clarke and Kristin Howard and midfielder Sheree Small. The Cowgirls also add nine incoming freshman to this year's squad, each of whom will learn from the experience of the seniors.

"The first couple days, there are some nerves and some jitters," Cuadrado said. "But our older players have done an excellent job thus far including the newcomers into what they're doing. If they do that on a day-in, day-out basis, that will allow the freshmen to be relaxed and focused. We've come in really fit. Overall, what's most exciting is when you get the group together, and you start getting better each day."

The first home game at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex will be hosted on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. against Montana. The first 200 fans to the game against the Grizzlies will receive a free Wyoming t-shirt and there will be a free prize raffle throughout the game. The Cowgirls will also have an exhibition game against Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.