Soccer To Open Season Hosting Gonzaga and Eastern Washington

Aug. 27, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Cowgirl regular season begins thisFriday when they host Gonzaga in a 4 p.m. contestat the UW Soccer Stadium.

Like the Cowgirls, the Bulldogs had theirfirst winning season in the program's history lastyear as they finished 11-8. They were an NCAATournament bubble team as they finished fifth inthe West Coast Conference and only the top fourWCC teams went dancing.

Gonzaga returns all 11 starters from lastyears squad including four All-WCC selections.Senior Annie Hawkins was named first team All-WCC, junior goalkeeper Ashley Haugen was namedto the second team and senior Sarah Hawkins and sophomore Beth Drollinger were honorable mentionselections.

Just like Wyoming head coach Anne Moore,Gonzaga coach Shannon Stiles was selected as herconferences coach of the year last season, in herfifth year with the team.

Friday's matchup will also be the seasonopener for the Bulldogs. The Cowgirls are 0-3 all timeagainst Gonzaga. Their last meeting came lastseason in Spokane, Wash. when the Bulldogs edgedthe Cowgirls 1-0.

On Sunday, Aug. 29 Eastern Washington will be at Wyoming.The Eagles will travel to Laramie for thefourth meeting in the program's history.Last season, the Cowgirls beat EWU 1-0 inCheney, Wash. in early October.

The Eagles return nine starters and 16letterwinners off of last year's team that finishedwith a disappointing 3-12-2 record.

The Eagles had four girls honored by the BigSky Conference. Junior Kim McMullen was namedsecond team All-Big Sky and juniors Beth Russell andJennie Summers were named Big Sky honorablemention.