LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women's soccer team will hit the road to take on Hawai’i and Denver this week in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Cowgirls will meet the ‘Bows on Thursday and then will battle the Pioneers on Saturday with both matches beginning at 11 p.m. MT.
“We are going to have our hands full,” Wyoming soccer head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “Hawai’i and Denver are good teams. It will be fun but at the end of the day it is still a business trip.”The ‘Bows are 0-2-0 this season with losses coming to Stanford and California, who are ranked third and 18th, respectively in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. Hawai’i has not faced Wyoming since 2002 in which the ‘Bows came out on top, 5-2, in Honolulu. The Hawai’i offense is led by Sonest Furtado and Lauren Takai with one goal apiece on the young season.
The Pioneers head to Hawai’i with a record of 0-2-0 and have not scored yet this season. The Pioneer’s Leah Swander leads the team with eight shots on the season. The last time the two teams met was during the 2009 season in Laramie with the Pioneers defeating the Cowgirls, 1-0. Denver is 5-1-2 all-time against UW.
The Cowgirls tied their only match of the season against the Montana, 0-0, in Missoula last Friday. They out-shot the Grizzlies 11-7 but could not find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Wyoming’s defense held strong for 110 minutes as they only allowed one shot on goal.“It would’ve been nice to get the win,” Cuadrado said. “But we’ve been solid defensively and I thought that we competed for 110 minutes and at the end of the overtimes we had five freshmen on the field, which gives us confidence.”
The Cowgirl offense was led by forwards Shaina Ashouri, Jessie Gentle, midfielders Summer Halle and Annika Clayton with two shots a piece. Goalkeepers Cassidy Entsminger and Georgia Rowntree shared time in the net, with Rowntree recording the only save of the game for Wyoming.