Cowgirls Close out Soccer Regular Season Hosting CSU on Friday

From the desk of Amy Dambro

LARAMIE – The Cowgirl soccer team will close out the Mountain West regular season on Friday against the Colorado State, looking to improve it’s all-time record against CSU to 6-0.

The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. It will be senior day for seven players, Taylor Burton, Annika Clayton, Jessie Gentle, Morgan McDougal, Alyssa Murray, Cristina Salazar and Brittney Stark.

Wyoming enters the week with an 11-3-4 record and 6-2-2 in the MW. The team is currently riding a three match winning streak. Last time out, they defeated the UNLV Rebels in overtime 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Clayton and sophomore Madi Barrick lead the way four goals, which is tied for ninth in overall matches in the league. Barrick recorded all four of her goals in the last two matches. Three other Cowgirls follow with three goals each. Clayton also has a team high 36 shots followed by senior Brittney Stark with 34. In conference games, Stark is tied fifth in assists and sixth in shots. Junior Summer Taube is tied for sixth in points and goals, which Barrick is fourth in goals. 

In conference matches, the Cowgirl offense ranks second in points and goals, third in assists (1.10 aspg) while taking 13.50 shots per contest which is tied for fifth.  Overall, they have a 43.7 shots on goal percentage and have taken 70 corner kicks compared to 63 by their opponents.

Salazar has played all 17 games in net, has 39 saves and a 1.01 goals against average. She is also eighth in the league with three shutouts. Freshman Hannah Lee has played in 13 matches and has 33 saves plus a combined four shutouts. She is fourth in save percentage and fifth in gaa in conference matches. Senior defender Taylor Burton has logged 1,709 minutes of the 1,735 played by the Cowgirls including all 90 nine times, 99 once and 110 minutes five times. 

“The team did a great job last weekend putting all the pieces together to gain two wins,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said.  “Now, heading into our final regular season match we must maintain our focus and work to make some final adjustments in our last week of training.  As shown by our last few outings, we can get help from a variety of players at any time which is a positive characteristic of this team.  We will look to have a focused group and rely on this depth in the Border War.  CSU has always played us tough in the final match of the year, so we will expect the same this season.  We have a lot to play for, and the expectation is that our players go out on the field Friday with a full effort.”

Colorado State is 6-8-4 overall and 3-5-2 in Mountain West action entering the final week of league play. The Rams currently sit in ninth place in the standings. Last time out, they defeated Nevada 1-0 at home.

The Rams are led by junior midfielder Caeley Lordemann who has five goals on the season plus 41 shots with 16 on goal. Sophomore Taylor Steinke follows with two goals plus 30 shots on the season. Redshirt junior Hunter Peifer has played in 16 of the 18 games in goal. She has a 1.13 goals against average and 50 saves on the season. As a team, the Rams have ten goals and average 12.3 shots per contest.

 The last time the two teams met was Oct. 27, 2017 in Laramie. The Cowgirls came out on top with a 3-2 victory. UW is 2-0 at home and 3-0 on the road against the Rams. Colorado State is coached by Bill Hempen who is in his sixth season with the program.