Wyoming Soccer to Open the 2005 Season on Saturday

Aug. 26, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming soccer team will begin the 2005 season on Saturday with a home match against Charleston Southern of the Big South Conference. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the UW Soccer Stadium.

Seventh year head coach Anne Moore welcomes back 10 letterwinners and seven starters from the most successful soccer team in UW history. Last season, Wyoming finished 9-7-4 and placed a record four players on the Mountain West Conference first and second teams, two of which return to the lineup for their senior seasons. Mercy Adetoye garnered the second First Team All-MWC honor of her career, becoming the only Cowgirls to do so. Kara Walters was also honored by the MWC, as she was named to the second team.

Charleston Southern welcomes 15 newcomers to a team that finished 8-10-3 overall and 3-3-2 in the Big South Conference. The Lady Buccaneers return their leading scorer from a year ago in Katie Crona. The senior from Littleton, Colo. scored 15 goals, added four assists and led the Big South Conference in both goals and points. They also return their starting goalkeeper in senior Miki Wilson, a native of Thornton, Colo. Wilson allowed an average of 1.68 goals a game while making 140 saves.

Saturday will mark the second meeting between the Cowgirls and the Lady Bucs, as the Cowgirls won their first meeting 1-0 last year at the LaQuinta Mountain Classic in Flagstaff, Ariz. Sophomore Andrea Soltau scored the game winning goal, the first goal of her career, on an assist from Adetoye. In the match, the Cowgirls outshot the Lady Bucs 25-3.

"Everyone is very excited about what this season has to hold and we can't wait to get things started tomorrow afternoon," said Moore. "Charleston Southern is a tough and much improved team from last year. They will give us a good indicator of where we stand. It should be a fun and exciting day."

Following Saturday's game, the Cowgirls will return to action next weekend as they travel to Denver, Colo. for the 2005 Denver Classic. They will open the tournament on Friday at 2 p.m. as they take on Northeastern. They will then play either Colorado or Denver on Sunday.