Cowgirls Soccer Gets to Work Thursday; Opener Aug. 17 at South Dakota
LARAMIE -- With six returning starters and 16 letterwinners back from a year ago the Wyoming women's soccer team will open fall workouts on Thursday.
“We are excited to finally formally get practices started for the 2018 season,” said coach Pete Cuadrado said. “The first few days will be about how it all fits together now that everyone is here and on the field together. We will also have to see how returners have developed and how the newcomers insert themselves really shows in the first few days. Early next week we will begin to organize the group for our exhibition in Florida.”
The Cowgirls, who were 8-9-2 overall and 4-6-1 in the Mountain West a year ago, feature six seniors, five juniors and sophomore and 13 freshmen.
Cuadrado, preparing for his seventh season coaching the Cowgirls, has an overall record of 54-51-15, including 29-26-6 in league play. Senior Brittney Stark was selected to the All-Newcomer team last season.
Stark completed her junior campaign with a team-high eight goals, 18 points and three game winning goals. Fellow senior Taylor Burton recorded three goals and had two game winning goals, while senior Morgan McDougal finished with one goal and one assist in her first season with the program. Junior Michaela Stark added two goals and one assist followed by senior Jessie Gentle with two assists and three shots.
The Cowgirls will travel to Orlando, Fla., to play Central Florida in an exhibition match before opening the season at South Dakota on Aug. 17. Thursday night contest will be the first meeting with the Coyotes since a 2016 pre-season match that the Cowgirls won, 1-0.
Utah Valley will come to Laramie on Aug. 19 for UW's first home game. The Cowgirls carry the longest non-conference home unbeaten streak among D-I programs into 2018, holding an 11-0-2 record dating back to the 2013 season.