Cowgirls Picked Fifth in League

Aug. 9, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In the wake of the most successful season in Wyoming soccer history, a Mountain West voting panel of the eight league head coaches chose the Cowgirls to place fifth in the 2012 regular season race.

Two-time defending league champion New Mexico garnered the most first-place votes with five and 46 total points, while San Diego State followed with two first-place votes and 44 points.

MW newcomer Fresno State was picked third with 35 points with UNLV arriving in fourth with 31 points. The Cowgirls tallied 28 points, while Boise State (18), Air Force (12) and Nevada (10) closed the preseason list.

"The conference slate is always going to be tough, especially in such a competitive conference as the Mountain West," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "I think we have proven we can compete and are looking forward to the challenge."

Wyoming is coming off a 2011 season in which the Cowgirls posted an all-time best 12 wins and competed in its first ever MW tournament championship. Three athletes made the MW All-Tournament Team and the squad earned its best winning percentage in school history at 63 percent.

New Mexico returns 14 letterwinners and seven starters from a 2011 squad that swept the MW regular-season and tournament crowns en route to a second-straight NCAA appearance. San Diego State amassed a 10-7-3 overall record and second-place conference finish (4-1-1) in 2011.

2012 MW Women's Soccer Preseason Poll Pl. Team (1st place votes) Points

1. New Mexico (5) 46

2. San Diego State (2) 44

3. Fresno State (1) 35

4. UNLV 31

5. Wyoming 28

6. Boise State 18

7. Air Force 12

8. Nevada 10