Sept. 13, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Looking to continue one of the best starts in program history, the Cowgirl soccer team hosts Colorado and Utah Valley this weekend at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.
Wyoming will face its second consecutive Pac-12 opponent in the Buffaloes Friday at 4 p.m., while the matchup with the Wolverines takes place Sunday at noon.
Colorado is led by former UW head coach Danny Sanchez, who has his new team off to a 4-1-2 start in his first season. The Buffaloes come in ranked No. 10 in the Pacific region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and are outscoring opponents by a 12-8 margin while outshooting foes 96-81, averaging 13.7 shots per game.
"Colorado is a good team and has had some good results this season," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "Anytime you play a Pac-12 team you are going to have your hands full."
Utah Valley owns a 1-4-1 mark for the year and has played in three overtime games this season resulting in losses to Hawaii and Utah State and a 2-2 tie with Southern Utah. The Wolverines are being outscored at an 11-8 ratio with a 77-106 shots disadvantage and but has put 30 shots on goal, averaging 12.8 shots per game.
"You can't overlook Utah Valley, who has won the Great West Conference two years in a row," Cuadrado said. "They have a lot of talent on their team, so we'll need to continue to play hard and fight for a win."
The Wolverines are led by Lexi Robison, Natalie Baker and Haley Curtis, who each have two goals on the year. Baker has taken 17 shots, while Regan Benson is second with 14 shot attempts.
Wyoming, outscoring opponents 22-14 and with the 19th-best scoring offense in the nation at 2.75 goals per game, leads the Mountain West in multiple categories including goals, assists (15) and points (59) while fourth in shot attempts (99).
Sophomore Sara Paul leads the MW and is tied for third in the nation in assists with six and tied for 11th nationally in assists per game at .75. Junior Olivia Mohtadi leads the team and tied for third in the MW in goals at four, while Lucie McDowell is tied for third in the league in assists with three. Goalie Carmen McDermott owns a 1.20 goals-against average through five games and a save percentage of .700.