Oct. 16, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women’s soccer team continues its four-game home stretch this weekend as Fresno State and San Jose State visit the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. Kickoff against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, as Sunday’s contest with the Spartans will begin at 1 p.m.
Wyoming (6-8-1, 3-2 Mountain West) is coming off its best two-game stretch of the season, rallying from second-half deficits to defeat New Mexico and San Diego State last weekend. The victory over the Aztecs snapped SDSU’s 14-match conference win streak.
Against the Lobos, senior forward Lucie McDowell scored the game winner for UW with less than a minute left in double overtime to give Wyoming the victory. Junior midfielder Sheree Small recorded her first goal of the season with six seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. Junior defender Kasey Curtis recorded her second goal of the season in the 50th minute, as junior Sara Paul had two assists during the game. McDowell also recorded one assist, while junior goalkeeper Alex Boehm tied a career high with seven saves against the Lobos.
Against San Diego State, junior Loren Mahoney scored her first two goals of the season, both from free kicks. She garnered her first MW Player of the Week award due to her play over the weekend. San Diego State had come to Laramie averaging 18 shots per game and the Cowgirls limited them to 10 during the match. Boehm had five saves against the Aztecs, three of which came in the second half.
McDowell has 34 shots, seven goals and 16 points this season. Sophomore Mollee Ramsay and juniors Boehm, Curtis and Alison Clarke have started every game for Wyoming. Ramsay and Paul each have recorded three goals in 2013. Paul not only leads the team in assists but also leads the MW with seven. Boehm has played every minute and recorded 61 saves as goalkeeper, which is the fourth-best mark in the MW.
Last year, the Cowgirls recorded 30 goals, a single-season record. With five regular-season games remaining, Wyoming has 25 scores, which leads the MW. UW also leads the MW in points with 65 and sits third with 15 assists.
Fresno State (7-7-1, 4-2 MW) is on a four-game winning streak, the longest for the Bulldogs since 2010. In their most recent action, they defeated Boise State 2-1 last Sunday after defeating Utah State 1-0 in overtime. Senior midfielder Morgan Castain leads the Bulldogs and is tied for the conference lead with nine goals, while junior goalkeeper Katie DeVault has started every game for Fresno State and leads the MW with 69 saves.
San Jose State (2-12. 1-5 MW) dropped a pair of matches last weekend by falling to Boise State 3-0 and Utah State 2-0. Sophomore forward Lupita Estrada leads the Spartans with four goals and nine points, as sophomore keeper Zoe Makrigiannis has recorded 32 saves protecting the goal.
Wyoming will be looking for its first win against both teams this weekend. The Cowgirls are 0-2 all-time against the Bulldogs and 0-3 against the Spartans. The last meeting between UW and Fresno State was Oct. 6 of last season where the Bulldogs took a 2-0 victory. The Cowgirls traveled to San Jose for the last meeting with the Spartans in 1997, but SJSU came away with the 6-1 victory.