Wyoming Soccer Opens Fall Practice

Aug. 9, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Photo Gallery - First Practice of 2006

This morning, the University of Wyoming soccer team opened fall practice in the same way they have opened each of the past two falls, fresh off the best season in Wyoming soccer history. The Cowgirls quest for continued improvement began this morning with a 9:30 a.m. practice.

"Everyone is excited to be back together and to get back onto the field," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "I am eager to see this group of girls come together as a team. It is always fun to see how each player has progressed over the summer and to see how our lineup shapes up. We only have a week to get ready for our first exhibition game so we have a lot to do in a short period of time."

Moore, who enters her eighth season at Wyoming, welcomes back seven starters and 13 letterwinners from a team that finished 9-7-3 in 2005, the best finish in Wyoming soccer history. The Cowgirls finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a record of 4-3.

The Cowgirls reported to campus yesterday and spent the day filling out paperwork, checking out equipment and undergoing physicals. The underclassmen also checked into the dorms Tuesday morning.

Following morning practice today, the Cowgirls will take to the field again this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Throughout the next three weeks, the team will mostly practice once in the morning and once in the afternoon until school begins on Aug. 28. All practices will be held at the North Forty Practice Facility and are open to the public.

The Cowgirls will open the 2006 season with a pair of exhibition matches. They will host Regis University on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. and Metro State on Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m. The Cowgirls will begin the regular season on Friday, August 25 against Tulsa in the UniWyo Cowgirl Shootout.