Oct. 6, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming soccer team will open Mountain West Conference play this weekend with a pair of home games against San Diego State and UNLV. The Cowgirls will take on San Diego State Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and UNLV on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the UW Soccer Stadium.
"The conference is so tight that every conference game will be a battle," said UW head coach Anne Moore. "This is a huge weekend for us. We need to come out strong and get a good start at home before heading out onto the road next weekend."
The Cowgirls enter MWC play with an overall record of 4-3-3 after placing second in last weekend's UniWyo Shootout. In their first game of the shootout, the Cowgirls earned the 50th win in UW history with a 4-0 shutout win over South Dakota State. However, the Cowgirls surrendered an early goal to Oregon and fell to the Ducks 1-0 in the championship game.
Offensively, the Cowgirls are led by Senior Mercy Adetoye who became Wyoming's all-time leading scorer last weekend with a pair of goals against South Dakota State. Adetoye has scored six goals this season and is tied for the lead in the MWC. Freshman Tamika Wilson has scored four goals and added an assist, freshman Amanda Lathrop has scored three goals and dished out three assists while freshman Comfort Adetoye has scored two goals.
The Cowgirl defense has allowed just 13 goals this season for an average of 1.22 goals a game. They have shutout their opponents three times and have given up just one goal four times this season. Defensively, senior Kara Walters continues to lead the Cowgirls in the back and has started all ten games this season to increase her consecutive games started streak to 51. Freshman Jamie Scarcliff and sophomore Ashley Sheppard have split time in the UW goal, making a combined 29 saves.
San Diego State enters the weekend with an 8-5 record, the second best in the MWC, after beating Hawaii 2-1 last Saturday. The Aztecs are led by the 2004 MWC Defensive Player of the Year in senior Alexis Solovij. Their defense has allowed just 0.91 goals per game and has shutout their opponents six times. Offensively, they are led by freshman Jen Mello who has scored five goals and dished out one assist.
UNLV is currently 5-4-3 after picking up a pair of shutout victories last weekend over Utah Valley State 3-0 and Creighton 4-0. One of their biggest games of the year came on the road against Pepperdine, who is currently SoccerBuzz's seventh ranked team in the nation, as they lost a hard fought 1-0 game. They have a balanced attack as nine different Rebels have scored goals this season. Sophomore Katie Carney leads the way with five goals and three assists. Freshman goalkeeper Ciera Nero has allowed just 10 goals in 12 games played, making 54 saves. The Rebels will play Air Force on Friday before traveling to Laramie.