Cowgirl Soccer Opens Regular Season Play This Friday

Aug. 30, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Since late February of 2007, the Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer team has gone undefeated throughout their spring drills and fall preseason schedule to gain some much needed momentum heading into the regular season.

Wyoming begins the 2007 campaign this Friday, August 31 against the Western Carolina Catamounts at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex at 4 p.m. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

The Cowgirls return seven starters and 11 letterwinners from the 2006 squad including Mountain West Conference Second Team All-Conference sophomore Emily Layton and MWC All-Tournament Team selection junior Amanda Lathrop. Wyoming finished 7-9-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the MWC.

"I'm very impressed with the level of play we had this entire fall," head coach Anne Moore said. "We showed a lot of what we have been working on in our practices, our runs and our patterns have been solid. The girls have showed good retention from our practices."

In Wyoming's first preseason game against the University of Mary, the Cowgirls were able to get everyone minutes and looked solid throughout the entire match.

"We were able to get everyone in the game, and they weren't throwaway minutes at the end of the game either. Every girl got quality minutes and played well. There were some beautiful crosses that we were able to capitalize on."

Junior Comfort Adetoye and sophomore Kelsey Lindner scored two goals for the Cowgirls respectively, while junior Tamika Wilson also added a goal, as well as sophomore Emily Layton.

On Sunday the Cowgirls wrapped up the preseason by traveling to Denver to take on the Pioneers. Lindner continued her scoring spree on Sunday by adding her third goal of the preseason. "Our backline did a great job on Sunday and Andrea (Soltau) and Tanya (Halliday) created a lot of opportunities for us," Moore continued.

The Catamounts finished the 2006 season with a 10-8-3 record and a 6-3-2 in the Southern Conference. They are led by senior Heather Dittmer who recorded five goals and two assists in the 2006 season. Senior Lauren Atkins, junior Buki Baruwa and sophomore Shannon Smoker all had three goals for the Catamounts in 2006.

"I am very happy with the way our preseason games went and the commitment we have gotten from the girls," Moore said. "I am excited to get this season going."