Wyoming Soccer Opens MWC Championships on Wednesday

Nov. 1, 2005


The University of Wyoming soccer team will open the 2005 Mountain West Conference Championships on Wednesday against New Mexico at 12:30 p.m. (MST) at Peter Johann Memorial Field in Las Vegas, Nev. The winner will take on the winner of first seeded Utah and eighth seeded Air Force on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (MST) in the second round.

The Cowgirls enter the championships on a four game win streak and as the fourth seeded team in the conference, the second highest seeding in school history. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-6-3 and a MWC mark of 4-3.

Offensively the Cowgirls are led by UW's all-time scoring and assists leader in senior Mercy Adetoye. The Englewood, Colo. native has scored 10 goals and dished out two assists this year. Tamika Wilson has had a solid freshman season as she has scored five goals and dished out four assists. Freshmen Amanda Lathrop and Comfort Adetoye have also contributed greatly on the offensive end. Lathrop has scored four goals and handed out four assists and the younger Adetyoe has added two goals and three assists.

Senior Kara Walters, junior's Christina Best and Carolyn Clarke and freshman Laine Hubbard have led the defense to seven shutout wins and a goals against average of 1.01 this season. They have also held their opponents to just one goal on six other occasions. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Sheppard has played in 14 games and made 58 saves while allowing just 1.05 goals a game.

New Mexico enters Wednesday's first round with an overall record of 6-6-4 and a 3-3-1 MWC mark. Last weekend they beat TCU 1-0 at home to close out their regular season. They are very tough on defense as they have allowed just 14 goals in 16 games. Their defense is led by goalkeeper Kristen Winters who has allowed just 12 goals in 15 games for an average of 0.77. Offensively, Kristine Sweat leads the Lobos with six goals and one assist on 44 shots. Three other Lobos have scored two goals each in Kaela Kelly, Bridgette Sanchez and Kellee Hafner.

Wednesday's match will be the 13th in the all-time series between the Cowgirls and Lobos. New Mexico leads the all-time series 7-4-1 but the Cowgirls have won the last two meetings by a combined score of 6-1. These two teams also met in the first round of the 2003 MWC Championships and the sixth seeded Lobos upset the third seeded Cowgirls 2-1 in double overtime.

Just two weeks ago, the Cowgirls beat the Lobos 1-0 in double overtime in Laramie. Wilson netted the game winning goal for the Cowgirls on an assist from Mercy Adetoye in the 106th minute.

Fans can follow the tournament online at www.TheMWC.com. The women's soccer page will feature live stats, box scores and recaps of each match.