Cowgirl Soccer Returns To Laramie For Its First Regular Season Home Matches

Sept. 7, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - After three weeks of road matches, the Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team will return home to the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex for eight consecutive home matches beginning Friday, Sept. 9. Wyoming will host Cleveland State on Friday and Weber State on Sunday. The Cowgirls currently have a 3-3 record on the season, and are 3-1 in their last four matches. UW is 8-7-1 in home openers in its history.

"We are very excited to be home and play in front of our fans after six road games," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We feel positive about where our team is so far this season. We are ready to get home for eight games leading up to our conference opener against Boise State and our Front Range Derby with Northern Colorado."

The Cowgirls are led in scoring by senior Kayla Davis and redshirt freshman Sara Paul who have each scored two goals on the season. Paul also leads UW in shots with 19. Goalkeeper Courtney Merkle has recorded 22 saves and two shutouts on the season.Cowgirl soccer fans can follow Friday and Sunday's action live on twitter at twitter.com/wyosoccer. The live twitter feed will be used for all Cowgirl home matches throughout the 2011 season.

Kickoff for Friday's Cleveland State game will be 4 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch and Sunday's game against Weber State will kickoff at 1 p.m.

Scouting Cleveland State and Weber State:

Cleveland State: The Vikings are currently 3-2 on the season, including a 1-1 record on theroad. CSU has outscored its opponents 10-7 on the season. The Viking defense has allowed 35 shots, with an average of seven shots per contest. CSU is led in scoring by Taylor Vidovic who has score three goals on the season. The Vikings have played four goal keepers in 2011, combining for a 1.40 goal against average and 10 saves. Cleveland State is under the direction of eighth-year head coach Derrek Falor. Friday's contest will be the first ever meeting between the Cowgirls and the Vikings.

Weber State: The Wildcats are currently 1-3 on the season, with a 1-2 record on the road.Weber State has been outscored by its opponents 5-2 in 2011. WSU has taken 46 shots on the season, and allowed 71 for its opponents. Jessie Baddley and Kierstin Raught have combined to score Weber State's two goals on the season. Head coach Tim Crompton is in his eighth season at the helm of the Wildcat program. The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Cowgirls 4-0, winning the last meeting, 2-1, in Sept. 2002.