Aug. 24, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team begins the 2006 campaign on Friday against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the opening round of the UniWyo Cowgirl Shootout at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex at 4 p.m.
The Cowgirls look to continue their success after coming off the best season in Cowgirl Soccer history with a 9-7-3 record last season. With a stellar recruiting class, eight returning starters and 14 returning letter winners, the Cowgirls will look to continue the success that they have enjoyed over the past three seasons. The Cowgirls are especially excited to open the season at home where they have won over 70 percent of their games over the past three seasons.
"Its a great advantage to open the season at home and we can't wait for game time tomorrow," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "Following our exhibition games we knew we had to work on our speed of play throughout the game and on finishing toward the end of the game. With the focus on those aspects we have had a very solid week of practice and are ready to go."
The Cowgirls will look for leadership from a returning midfield standout in sophomore Amanda Lathrop, who in 2005 scored four goals and tied for the team lead in assists with four. Sophomore Comfort Adetoye also looks to lead the offense this season after scoring two goals and dishing out three assists in 2005. The Cowgirls return a solid defensive core which allowed just 1.01 goals a game last season, the best GAA in UW history. The defensive is fortified by seniors Carolyn Clarke, Kristen Stangl and Christina Best. The solid defensive core is backed by two impressive goalkeepers in junior Ashley Sheppard and sophomore Jamie Scarcliff.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane comes to Wyoming to begin the 2006 season after playing their inaugural year in Conference USA last season and finishing in a three-way tie for seventh place. Last season, Tulsa scored at the end of regulation to tie the Cowgirls 2-2 in Tulsa, Okla. The Golden Hurricane is a young team with 14 newcomers and 15 returning letter winners. Senior Katie Ward will lead the Hurricane after scoring nine goals and dishing out three assists in 2005.
The University of Montana Grizzlies will come to Laramie to kick off the 2006 season in hopes of improving on a tough 2005 season. Senior forward Lindsay Winans returns to lead the Grizzly offense after coming off a big 2005 season where she scored six goals and had three game-winning goals.
"We are looking forward to playing Tulsa again after they tied us in the final minutes of last year's game. They are a very solid team and we match up very well with them. Montana is big, strong, very athletic and have a lot of speed up top," said Moore.
The Utah Valley State Wolverines also head to Laramie to begin the 2006 season and will face the University of Montana Grizzlies on Friday and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Sunday. The Wolverines were 7-12-0 last year. The Wolverines are led by sophomore Jenni Wright who led the team in scoring last year with 10 goals and five assists.
"We are very excited about hosting the third year of this great tournament," added Moore. "We are very thankful for the sponsorships we have received from the community and feel very fortunate to host a tournament like this. Each year the tournament gets better and better and we can't wait to get this year's started."
Schedule for the 2006 UniWyo Cowgirl Shootout is as follows:
Friday at 1 p.m. - Montana vs. Utah Valley State
Friday at 4 p.m. - Tulsa at Wyoming
Sunday at Noon - Tulsa vs. Utah Valley State
Sunday at 2 p.m. - Montana at Wyoming