Sept. 28, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Following a 2011 season that saw much success during Mountain West play, the Cowgirl soccer team opens the 2012 league campaign with a match at UNLV on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.
The Rebels own an 8-2-1 record for the year, including 6-1 at home, and enter the match with the Cowgirls on a seven-game winning streak as they are outscoring opponents 22-13 this season.
"We are excited to begin conference play," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "UNLV is off to a great start and will be a tough game on the road. They play fast and have some of the conference's top players. We'll need to control the game and not let them play to their strengths."
UNLV is among the MW leaders in multiple categories, including second in points (65), goals (23), assists (19) and corner kicks (59). The Rebels are tied for third in shutouts with four on the year and rank fifth in shot attempts with 147, averaging 13.36 per game.
Forward Jenn Wolfe leads the MW in goals with nine this year, which ranks eighth in the nation, to go along with the nation's second-best five game-winning goals. Wolfe also ranks third in shots with 32, averaging 2.91 per match.
Rebel forward Macy Jo Harrison ranks second in the league in shots with 35 attempts and is second in assists with six, tied for the nation's 12th-best total. UNLV keeper Kylie Wassall owns four shutouts this season with a goals-against average of 1.14, fourth-best in the MW.
Wyoming brings its 7-3-1 mark to the line as the Cowgirls continue to lead the MW in points (76), goals (27), and assists (22). Outscoring opponents by a 27-20 ratio, Wyoming also ranks third in the league in corner kicks (48) and is sixth in shots with 140 attempts, averaging 12.73 per match.
Cowgirl forward Sara Paul continues to lead the nation in assists with 10 after garnering another in last Sunday's match against Utah State. She is also third in the MW in points (14) with a 1.27 per-game average.
Lucie McDowell is tied for fourth in the league with five goals and fourth in points with 13 on the year. Liz O'Reilly ranks third in assists with five, while Olivia Mohtadi is tied for eighth in the MW with four goals.