Cowgirl Soccer Set For MWC Tournament

Nov. 3, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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    This week the University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team will play their second consecutive game in Provo, Utah, but this time it will be in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Championship Tournament.

    The Cowgirls will be paired with New Mexico on Wednesday and will kick off with the Lobos at 3 p.m.

    "We are excited to be playing in the Mountain West Tournament. We know that New Mexico is a very good squad that has a tremendous defense and some of the most dangerous attackers in the league," said UW head coach Danny Sanchez. "Everyone knows everyone else so well at this point of the season that I expect it to be a very competitive tournament."

    The Cowgirls ended their regular season with an overall mark of 9-7-3 and 3-3-1 in conference play, which put them as the fifth seed in the tournament. This season will be the first post-season appearance for UW soccer since 2007.

    New Mexico earned the fourth seed after posting an overall record of 12-4-3 and 4-3-0 in the MWC.

    Earlier in the season on Oct. 8, the Cowgirls traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. for their second conference game of 2009. The Cowgirls fell behind 1-0 in the second half, but scored two goals from freshman Carmen Blume and Mara Cosgrove for the 2-1 victory.

    The win over UNM was the fourth of five consecutive victories for the Cowgirls.

    Individually for the Cowgirls, Blume leads the team in goals with four, while four Cowgirls are close behind with three goals scored. Senior Emma Wilson has seven assists on the season which is second most in school history in a single season. Wilson also ranks second in the MWC in assists.

    Freshman goalkeeper Courtney Merkle has started in every game for the Cowgirls this season and owns the best save percentage in the conference at .827.

    The Cowgirls and Lobos will battle for a chance to move to the semi-finals against regular-season champion BYU. Kickoff for Wyoming and New Mexico is set for 3 p.m.

    All games of the MWC Tournament will be streamed live through the championship page on TheMWC.com.