Cowgirl Soccer Prepares To Host First MW Game Of The 2011 Season

Sept. 28, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team (6-4-2 overall) will begin Mountain West play on Friday, Sept. 30 hosting conference newcomer Boise State (4-6-1 overall). Kickoff on Friday is set for 4 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Soccer Pitch. The Cowgirls will also host the annual Front Range Derby against Northern Colorado on Sunday, Oct. 2 beginning at 1 p.m.

"We feel that we have made good progress during our non-conference schedule," Cowgirl head coach Danny Sanchez said.

The Cowgirls have begun conference play at home all 16 years of their history. They are currently 5-9-2 all-time in home conference openers, and 5-2-1 since 2003. They are 2-1 in MW home openers under Sanchez. In 2010, the Cowgirls began conference play hosting the No. 15 BYU Cougars falling 4-1.

Wyoming soccer is led in scoring by redshirt freshman Sara Paul who has scored four goals. Senior Kayla Davis has scored three goals in 2011 while, junior Carmen Blume, and freshmen Lucie McDowell and Sheree Small have scored two goals each this season. Goalkeeper Courtney Merkle has played 10 games recording a goal against average of .81, making 31 saves and three shutouts. The Cowgirls have outscored their opponents 15-13 while also outshooting their opponents 170-144. They are also outscoring opponents 10-6 in the second half of games this season.

The Cowgirls will host Boise State for the second time in as many seasons and have played the Broncos the last three seasons. This match, however, will be the first time Wyoming hosts Boise State as a conference foe. The game will be the first ever MW match for the Broncos and the first conference action of the season for both teams. Boise State is currently 4-6-1 overall and 1-1 on the road. The Broncos are led in scoring by Shannon Schueren and Kati Lucas who have scored three goals apiece. Goalkeeper Liz Ruiz has played all 11 games recording a goal against average of 1.27, 50 saves and three shutouts. The Broncos have been outscored 11-16 in 2011. Boise State is led by 12th year head coach Steve Lucas. The Cowgirls and the Broncos have played five previous times with UW leading the series 4-0-1. Wyoming won the last meeting 1-0 on Sept. 24, 2010 in Laramie.

"We have played Boise State the past three years and it has been a tight match each time, Sanchez added. "Obviously now that they are in the Mountain West, the game has a whole new meaning."

Wyoming will conclude its eight-game home stand on Sunday, Oct. 2 hosting Northern Colorado for the annual Front Range Derby. The Bears are currently 3-5-2 in 2011 with a 2-4 record away from Greeley. Three players in Kimmie Feidler, Danielle Birdsall and JJ Wykstra lead UNC in scoring with two goals each. Keeper Kirstin Salminen has played all ten games for UNC recording a GAA of 1.41, 50 saves and two shutouts. They have been outscored 11-15 by their opponents. They are led by 12th year head coach Tim Barrera. This will be the eighth Front Range Derby between the Cowgirls and the Bears with Wyoming leading the all-time series 6-2.

"Our match with Northern Colorado is always a battle that goes down to the end," Sanchez said. "Both teams will be coming off their conference openers, but will want to win the cup."

Friday against Boise State will be Wyoming Soccer Day. Youth soccer players will receive free admission by wearing their team jersey. Youth players will also be given a free hot dog and Pepsi with their admission. Youth team coaches and parents will be given $2 admission by showing the attached flyer. There will also be Pepsi inflatable activities (obstacle course and bounce slide) at Friday's contest. Also on Sunday against the Bears the Cowgirls will honor October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink uniforms. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to receive free admission. (See attached flyer)

For more information on Friday's Wyoming Soccer Day click this link: Wyoming Soccer Day 2011

For more information on Sunday's Breast Cancer Awareness Match click this link: Breast Cancer Awareness Match 2011