Preseason Press Release

September 3, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. - This Season: The 1998 University of Wyoming soccer season hopes to see the Cowgirls put all the components of a winning season together in this, the program's fourth season of existence. Head coach Liza Grant will be relying heavily on her upperclassmen to set the tone for this season, following an extremely disappointing 1997 record of 1-16, 0-6 in the WAC. She expects them to set an example for her younger players as to what the intensity level needs to be, what the work ethic is, and how the program needs to be run.

Season Opener: The Cowgirls open the 1998 season versus the Colorado College Tigers on Tuesday, September 1st, at 3:00pm in Colo. Spgs., Colo. Last season the Tigers narrowly defeated Wyoming, squeaking out a 2-1 overtime victory in Laramie. CC holds a 2-0 series lead over UW.

Team Notes:

- Molly McBride, Aurora, Colo., a senior sweeper for the Cowgirls, was named to the WACs 1997 Mountain Division All-Conference Second Team. McBride had an outstanding season for the Cowgirls, playing consistently solid defense, serving as a defensive leader on the field, as well as providing offensive support with two goals and one assist in 1997. McBride started all 17 games during the season.

- The Cowgirls lone win of the 1997 season came against Colorado on October 5th. Wyoming defeated the Buffs, in Laramie, by a score of 2-1.

- Sophomore midfielder Katrina Morton, Spokane, Wash., emerged as a leader for Wyoming last year as she led the team in scoring with six points on the season. Morton, who started 14 games and played in all 17, scored three goals during her freshman year, with two of those goals coming during the Cowgirls win over Colorado. For her efforts during the win over CU, Morton was named the WAC Mountain Division Player of the Week.

- The UW Women's Soccer Program was well represented on the 1997 Academic All-WAC team, placing four individuals on the team. Senior Jennifer Millard led the way for Wyoming, joined by junior Jennifer Bahr and sophomores Nan Sommer and Jennifer Grant.

- Wyoming's '98 squad loses only two players to graduation fromlast year's team. Of the 14 returningletterwinners this season, eight were starters in '97.

- The Cowgirls will look to playing in Laramie, at 7,200 ft., for anadvantage this season, as 10 of Wyoming's 17 scheduled matches are at home, including five of the first seven games of the season.

- The state of Colorado will continue to have a large contingent on the Cowgirl squad in '98 as nine players from the 21 member roster will be from Wyoming's neighbor to the south.

Grant's Guidelines: Quotes from Wyoming head coach Liza Grant.

About the Regis exhibition game: "I was pleased with the way we stayed together as a team when our legs began to tire, and we didn't resort to individual efforts. We had some good glimmers of really working the ball forward, and I think we'll see more of that as they get to know each other and as their physical conditioning improves."

About the rest of presesaon and the Colorado College opener: "These exhibition games have, and will, help us realize where our fitness level will need to be this season, the speed we'll need to play at and they give us great practice making quick, game-situation decisions, as well as practice playing under pressure."Colorado College always fields a good team and they will come at us, so we need to be ready for them, and I think our preseason schedule will help us in that aspect."