LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team is set to host the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers on Thursday, Aug. 13th and Monday, Aug. 17th. Both of these games will be exhibition matches to start the season.
Last season, Wyoming made it to the Mountain West Championship game for the second time in school history. The Cowgirls lost a heartbreaker, in overtime, to the San Diego State Aztecs, 1-0. This season the Cowgirls are looking to take another step forward and have another great season."Last year is last year," said head coach Pete Cuadrado. "We basically use it (last season's finish) for one thing, to give us confidence. At the end of the day, we have to move on, and we are looking forward to the competition this year."
Last season, the Cowgirls finished their regular season with an unblemished home record of 6-0-0. This season they will host 12 home games in Laramie at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex and one game in Cheyenne.
"We love home games," said goalkeeper Georgia Rowntree. "The fact that we get to play at our field with our fans is a massive advantage for us."
The game against Omaha will kick off at 3 p.m. M.T. The Mavericks posted a 5-12-2 record last season and return six seniors.
Wyoming finished the 2014 season with an 11-9-1 overall record and an 8-3-0 conference mark. UW finished second in the regular season, which matched the best finish in Wyoming school history. Cuadrado was named the 2014 MW Coach of the Year and Kaitlyn Lomsnes was selected as the 2014 MW Offensive Player of the Year, first-ever freshman in the MW to win the award, 2014 MW Freshman of the Year and First Team All-MW.
A rare opportunity will take place on Thursday, Aug. 13th. Cowgirl forward Shaina Ashouri will battle it out on the pitch with older sister and Maverick forward, Layla Ashouri. The sisters are originally from Parker, Colo. Shaina Ashouri is a sophomore who transferred to Wyoming this past year from the University of Pittsburgh.
"I didn't think I'd ever get the chance to play against her and if I didn't transfer I wouldn't have had the opportunity," said Shaina. "I am so pumped and ready for it! I'll comment on random pictures of hers and say `August 13th' just to remind her if she forgets. At the end of the day, we have to let our playing do the talking, so I try to limit it just to the friendly reminders. It will definitely be an exciting start to this season!"
Next Monday, Aug. 17, the Cowgirls' match versus Colorado School of Mines will also begin at 5 p.m. The Orediggers enter the 2015 season ranked No. 4 in the nation at the NCAA Division II level in voting by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Pistol's Pals members are invited to pick up their new packet of items and information on Thursday. Families are also welcome to sign their kids up for Pistol's Pals at the game. There will be yard games prior to the match. At halftime, the pals in attendance will get their chance to participate in a fun obstacle course on the field.