Wyoming Soccer Faces No. 14 Portland, Opens Conference Play Sunday

Sept. 25, 2013


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The University of Wyoming women's soccer team will begin a four-match road trip Friday with an 8 p.m. contest against No. 14 Portland before the conference opener Sunday in Fort Collins against Colorado State at 1 p.m.

The Pilots are the first ranked team Wyoming will face this season and first since Oct. 19, 2012, when the Cowgirls battled No. 7 San Diego State to a 3-1 loss. Friday's match at Portland and Sunday's at Colorado State will both mark the first-ever meeting between the schools.

The Cowgirls (3-5-1) have dropped five-straight one-goal matches, most recently a 1-0 decision in double overtime to Idaho State despite outshooting the Bengals 15-8.  Senior Lucie McDowell led the hard-fought attack for UW with five shots, while freshman Laurel Ramer recorded three shots.

On the season, McDowell has 27 shots, five goals and 10 points. Sophomore Mollee Ramsay and senior Liz O'Reilly have two goals thus far, as junior Sara Paul has one goal from 15 shots and leads the team with five assists. Junior goalkeeper Alex Boehm has tallied 38 saves while being UW's starter protecting the goal.

Portland will be a stiff test for the Cowgirls, coming into Friday's match with a three-game winning streak after victories over San Diego State, Missouri and Nevada.  Portland (6-1-1) is currently ranked 14th in the nation by the NSCAA. The Pilots have been led by senior forward Micaela Capelle so far as she has racked up four goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Ellen Parker has recorded three goals and three assists on the season.

The 2013 season marks the first for Colorado State soccer. Head coach Bill Hempen took over the helm for the Rams in what marks his 24th year of coaching. The Rams (1-4-2) earned their first victory over Lubbock Christian 3-0, on Aug. 23. CSU is led by sophomore forward Sasha Pchenitchnikova and freshman midfielder Amy Eckert who have each recorded a goal and an assist for the Rams.

Within the last 10 years, Wyoming is 5-2-3 in conference openers with a 3-2-1 record on the road. The Cowgirls settled for a 0-0 draw in last season's conference opener at UNLV.