Wyoming Soccer Scrimmages

Aug. 17, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming soccer team devoted its entire afternoon practice to its only full length scrimmage of the fall, Wednesday afternoon at the UW Soccer Stadium.

The Cowgirls played three 30-minute periods, mixing up teams after each period. The defense seemed to have the upper hand as the offense scored just one goal during the 90-minute session.

The goal came midway through the second period when a trio of freshmen set up a beautiful goal from the left side of the box. Tamika Wilson, a native of Orem, Utah, scored the goal on a ball from high school teammates Katie Groy and Amanda Lathrop, both of whom hail from Lakewood, Colo.

"Tamika hit a beautiful ball and put it in the only place Ashley (Sheppard) couldn't get to it," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "I thought that the defense did a great job throughout the scrimmage and Kara (Walters), Kristen (Stangl), Christina (Best) and Katie played especially well. Ashley was also very solid in goal as she played all 90 minutes and gave up just the one goal.

"There is no doubt that the talent is there, we just need to get everyone on the same page and executing a little better. Today gave us a great chance to see different players in different spots and that will really help us as we get into our season. Overall, we need to sharpen up on the little things and continue working hard day in and day out."

The Cowgirls will practice four more times before playing an exhibition match on Sunday against the defending Division II National Champions, Metro State. The Cowgirls will practice Thursday at 3 p.m., Friday at 10:15 a.m. and at 3 p.m., and Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m. All practices will be held at the North Forty practice facility and are open to the public.