Cowgirl Soccer Opens Regular Season Play This Friday

Aug. 21, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The preseason schedule has come to an end for the Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team, and the 2008 season will begin under new head coach Danny Sanchez starting this weekend.

The Cowgirls will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. for their first game when they take on Western Michigan on Friday, August 22 at 9 a.m MT. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

The Broncos finished with a mark of 4-11-3 in 2007 and a Mid American Conference record of 2-7-2. Thus far Western Michigan has had two exhibition matches where they defeated Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis 6-1, and then Davenport 1-0.

"All road games are competitive, but this one will be tougher since its just a one game trip" Sanchez said. "We don't know a lot about his team but I'm looking forward to it and we will learn a lot about our team with this game."

Wyoming returns eight starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2007 squad including senior forwards Tamika Wilson and Amanda Lathrop. Wilson was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the MWC a year ago, while Lathrop earned Second Team All-MWC honors in 2007. Fellow seniors Corey Thieman (Def.), Jamie Scarcliff (GK), and Laine Hubbard (Def.) will also lead the Cowgirls on the field this season.

Other returners from last season for the Cowgirls are midfielders Juliana Candelaria (So.), Emily Layton (Jr.), and Kerstyn Etheridge (Jr.), as well as defenders Emma Wilson (Jr.) and Bostyn Burger (Jr.).

"Everyone worked hard this preseason and there are a few more starting places up for grab. I'm looking forward to how we will perform in real games" said Sanchez.

The Cowgirls won their only exhibition match of the year when they defeated Fort Lewis College, 4-0, in Laramie on Friday, August 15. Although stats do not count for an exhibitoin match, Lathrop scored the first three goals for the Cowgirls, her first career hat trick. Freshman Kelly Parkhurst also added a goal in the 82nd minute.

The Cowgirls will return home against Bryant University on Sunday, August 24th. "I'm very excited for the first home game. I hope people are able to come out and watch. It will be a tough turn around after a road game, but I think we are all excited," Sanchez said. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start time at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.