Cowgirls Soccer Closes out Regular Season With Three Home Matches
LARAMIE – Wyoming soccer opens a three-game homestand against Nevada on Friday at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. The Cowgirls also will host UNLV on Sunday. Friday’s match is scheduled for 3 p.m. with Sunday’s match at 1 p.m.
The Cowgirls close out the regular season with an Oct. 26 home match against Colorado State University.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the Nevada match. Donuts (first 250 fans), coffee and hot chocolate will be served at the UNLV match.
Wyoming is coming off a 3-2 overtime win against San Jose State last Sunday. They played to a double overtime tie with Fresno State last Friday.
Senior Annika Clayton leads the way four goals, which included the game winner against the Spartans, and ten points, which is ninth overall in the league. Three other Cowgirls follow with three goals each. Clayton also has a team high 33 shots followed by senior Brittney Stark with 28. In conference games, Stark is fifth in assists and tied for eighth in shots. Junior Summer Taube is tied for fourth in points and goals.
The Cowgirl offense ranks third in assists (1.00 aspg) in conference games, third in points and goals while taking 13.50 shots per contest which is sixth. Overall, they have a 44.1 shots on goal percentage and have taken 62 corner kicks compared to 60 by their opponents.
Junior Cristina Salazar has played all 16 games in net, has 38 saves and a 1.10 goals against average. She is also eighth in the league with three shutouts. Freshman Hannah Lee has played in 11 matches and has 31 saves plus three shutouts. She is third in save percentage and sixth in gaa (0.95) in MW games. Senior defender Taylor Burton has logged 1,531 minutes of the 1,546 played by the Cowgirls including all 90 eight times, 93 once and 110 minutes five times.
“This past weekend our team did a good job of competing in both matches,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “Even more importantly is that we took home three points on Sunday. This coming weekend will be much of the same focus for us in terms of gaining two results. We would like to see the team come out sharp from the opening whistle, and maintain their ability to fight back when needed. Both teams present a unique challenge, and it’s important for our team to maintain its focus in preparing for each match. If we maintain our current form, and even add a bit more, then we should walk away with the results we need.”
Nevada is 4-10-2 overall on the season and 1-7 in Mountain West play. They were picked to finish 12th in the coaches poll.
The Wolf Pack are led by Payton Lieb who has a team high four goals, nine points and 23 shots. Kylie Minamishin has two assists along with 22 shots and eight of them on goal. Kendal Stovall has played all 16 matches in goal. She has a 1.34 goals against average and 82 saves on the season.
This will be the eighth meeting between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 4-2-1 and has won the last three out of four. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 6, 2017 in Reno. The Cowgirls came out on top with a 4-2 victory. UW is 2-1 at home, 1-1-1 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral site against the Wolf Pack. Nevada is coached by Erin Otagaki who is in her second season at the helm.
UNLV is currently 9-5-3 overall and 3-3-2 in the league headed in to the weekend. They will face Colorado State on Friday afternoon prior to the Cowgirls. Last time out, they earned a 2-0 win over San Diego State. The Rebels currently sit in a tie for sixth and were picked to finish fourth in the league.
Caitlyn Kreutz leads the team with six goals, 43 shots with 22 of them on goal. Kaila Brinkman follows with five goals, 12 points and 35 shots. Goalkeeper Emberly Sevilla has been in goal for all 17 matches and has a 1.03 gaa. She is seventh in saves with 5.62 per game.
This will be the 23rd meeting between the two schools. UNLV leads the series 14-5-3. The last time the two teams met was Oct. 8, 2017 with the Rebels coming out on top with a 2-1 win. Wyoming is 3-5-2 in Laramie against UNLV.