Cowgirls Welcome Montana, Lamar to Begin Regular Season

Aug. 16, 2012

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Coming off a 2-1 exhibition win Tuesday over Colorado School of Mines, the Cowgirl soccer team begins the 2012 regular season hosting Montana on Fri., Aug. 17, and Lamar on Sun., Aug. 19, at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

Kickoff with the Grizzlies is Friday at 4:30 p.m., while the Cowgirls take on the Cardinals Sunday at 1 p.m.

Montana owns a 4-2 career record over Wyoming, including a 2-1 victory last season, as the Grizzlies return the entire 2011 squad. Finishing last season with a 6-12-4 record, the Grizzlies went on to win the Big Sky Conference tournament with two consecutive shootout wins to advance to the NCAA Tournament, where they were defeated in the first round by No. 1 Stanford.

The UM players who scored 26 of the team's 27 goals last fall and who accounted for all 21 assists are back, as are the keepers who played all 2,097 minutes in goal. Senior Erin Craig led the Grizzlies with 10 goals and three assists for a team-high 23 points and had 81 shots during the year.

Lamar went 9-8-2 in 2011, including a 6-2-1 mark in the Southland Conference and 3-5-1 record on the road, and was recently picked to finish second in the Southland Conference preseason poll.

The Cardinal women's soccer program began in 2007 as the team has earned an all-time record of 22-61-7 over the five seasons. Sophomore Kristin Bos, second on the team last year in points (15), scored five goals with five assists in 2011. She tallied 25 shots on goal and had the second-most shots for the Cardinals at 47.

Fellow Lamar sophomore Kimmy Albeno returns after scoring five goals with three assists in 2011 as she had the most shots on the team with 53 and 27 on goal.

The Cowgirls earned a 2-1 preseason win over CSM Tuesday as freshman Mollee Ramsay put a header into the net midway through the first half off a Liz O'Reilly corner kick to seal the victory.

Wyoming outshot the Orediggers 25 to nine, allowing just three CSM shots in the second half. UW keeper Courtney Merkle earned the win after playing all 90 minutes and had two saves.