LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the first time in over a month, the University of Wyoming women's soccer team (2-5-1) returns to its home pitch for two matches this weekend. The Cowgirls face Nevada on Friday at 3 p.m. MT and UNLV on Sunday at 1 p.m. UW is coming off a scoreless draw at Northern Colorado last Friday and last played at home on Aug. 24th.
"The effort was great against UNC," UW head coach Pete Cuadrado said. "I felt we did everything right but just didn't finish our chances. These will be tough matches. It's just how conference games go since they're what could get you in or out of the tournament. Knowing that only six of 12 teams make it in adds pressure to games. It will be great to start conference play at home and have our crowd behind us."
Last time vs. Nevada - Wyoming trails in the series 3-5-1, with the last meeting on Oct. 5, 2013. In that match, Wyoming tied 1-1 with Nevada at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev. The Cowgirls' lone goal came in the 20th minute off a pass from the right side for a shot from the top of the box. Nevada battled back late in the second half in the 83rd minute for a goal to tie the match. The game headed into two overtimes, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Cowgirls led in shots 15-11.
Last time vs. UNLV - UNLV leads the series 12-3-3, as the last match was on Nov. 3, 2013 at the Mountain West tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. The Cowgirls won their first-ever penalty-kick shootout, 4-2, after tying 1-1 through regulation and two overtime periods. Wyoming scored in the 35th minute to take a 1-0 lead into halftime, while UNLV found the equalizer in the 68th minute.
At Friday's match the first 200 fans to the game will receive a WYO vuvuzela and on Sunday the first 200 fans will receive frisbees.