Cowgirl Soccer Opens Regular Season Against Denver on Saturday

Aug. 20, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The 2009 University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer season will officially start with the first regular season match on Saturday against the Denver Pioneers.

The game originally was scheduled to be played at 6 p.m. at the home field of DU, but has been relocated to the Regis University Soccer Field at 4 p.m.

"We know that Denver will be a huge challenge for us, but we feel good with how the team has jelled in pre-season," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "We learned a lot from the Colorado exhibition game and are excited to get the season going."

The Pioneers are picked pre-season favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference. Last season DU finished with an overall record of 19-3-2 and claimed their fourth SBC regular season title. In the NCAA Tournament the Pioneers fell in the first round to Kansas 2-1.

Wyoming and Denver will play for the eighth time ever on Saturday, and the first meeting since 2004. In that game the two teams played to a 1-1 tie on a neutral field.

Last week the Cowgirls played their only exhibition game of 2009 against Colorado. After a scoreless first half, CU took the lead at the 65:51 mark and won 1-0.

The Fox Soccer Channel also announced this week that they will broadcast the Cowgirl's game against Northern Colorado on Oct. 4 as the NSCAA College Game of the Week. It will be the second televised game ever for Wyoming soccer.

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