Aug. 27, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
2001 WYOMING COWGIRL SOCCER
Cowgirls Ready for Seventh Season
Wyoming is ready to face their 18 regular season opponents after two positiveand productive exhibition matches.
The Cowgirls faced the University of Northern Colorado on Sun., Aug. 19 and lost by a score of 0-2.
"That game was extremely valuable for us," Wyoming head coach Anne Moore said. "We had the opportunity to see what our new players can do after only three days of practicing together."
UW was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities against the Bears, but gained valuable experience in playing together. One main area of focus was determining how well the incoming players adjust to playing Division I soccer. They had another chance to prove themselves on Fri., Aug. 24 when the Cowgirls took on the Ft. Collins Arsenal, an under-17 club team.
That match ended in a 2-2 tie despite a better organized, more confident showing by the Cowgirls. Wyoming's starters made an appearance, but for the most part it was the newcomers' game.
"I thought Sarah Skinner really stepped up for us today," Moore said. Skinner, a freshman from Sedalia, Colo. started in place of injured sophomore, Renee' Minero. "Sarah's really improved her confidence and was very effective for us."
Confidence was much stronger for UW, as was team cohesion.
"We're definitely getting smarter about what plays we make," Moore said. "Today we were much more organized and mature."
Seeing several young players on the field won't be a novelty this season. Moore intends to use the talent that her recruits posses immediately.
"Our two Canadians, Melissa Bowman and Kelly McKay are very smart, composed players. We have a lot of young talent and we're going to use them."
Up Next for the Cowgirls...
In Wyoming's season opener, the Southwest Texas Bobcats will come to town. Head coach Kat Conner's club is only entering it's third season in existence. Don't be deceived by inexperience, the Bobcats finished second last year in the Southland conference going 12-8-0 overall and 9-3-0 vs. SLC opponents.
The Bobcats return ten starters and 22 letterwinners to this year's squad, including two-time First Team All-SLC selection, Marva Bailey. Also returning, First Team All-SLC selection Candice Kocian, a forward who was second to returner Allison Crain for most goals in a season.
UW will be the first opponent of the season for the Cats. That game will kick off at 4 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 31 at the UW Soccer Stadium.
The University of Colorado will play the Cowgirls on Sunday, Sept. 2 in Laramie. The Buffs have a new head coach in Bill Hempen as well as eight new recruits this season. CU went 8-11-0 last season, finishing seventh in the Big 12 conference.
Wyoming has faced CU three times, and trails the series to Colorado, 2-1. The last time the two teams faced was in Boulder on Sept. 5, 1999. CU came out with the 1-2 win in that contest. However, the Buff's one appearance against the Cowgirls in Laramie resulted in a 1-2 win for UW. That match was on Oct. 5, 1997.