Cowgirls Soccer Hosts Northern Iowa on Friday

LARAMIE – Wyoming Cowgirl soccer will host Northern Iowa on Friday in his second home match of the season. The match is set for 4:30 p.m. MT at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

The Cowgirls are 2-0-0 after victories over South Dakota and Utah Valley.

Last time out, freshman Caitlin Pickett scored her first career goal in the 93rd minute to lift the Wyoming to a 1-0 overtime victory against the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Cowgirls outshot Utah Valley 18-9, including 15-4 in the second half. Wyoming put eight shots on goal compared two by the Wolverines and recorded four corner kicks.

Salazar, seniors Taylor Burton and Jessie Gentle each played all 93 minutes of the game. Junior Summer Taube recorded a team-high four shots while a trio each had three.

Senior Annika Clayton leads the team with two goals along with eight shots and five of them on goal. Four other Cowgirls have recorded one goal in two games while three have an assist. Salazar has played both games in net, has five saves and a 0.98 goals against average.

Wyoming holds the longest non-conference home unbeaten streak in the country among D-I programs. The Cowgirls last loss at home against a non-conference opponent came on Sept. 22, 2013, to Idaho State in double overtime. The Cowgirls are 12-0-2 during the streak.

“I would like to see us start a bit faster,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “It’s been great to see how strong we’ve come out in the second half, but you don’t want to find yourself down like against South Dakota. It would be nice to get a lead early and rotate some more players through. At the end of the day, it’s early in the season and we need to clean up some details on our side of the ball.”

Northern Iowa is 0-0-1 on the young season after a 0-0 tie against South Dakota on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers return seven starters from a squad that went 14-5-1 overall and 4-3-0 in the Missouri Valley during the 2017 campaign. That includes senior Brynell Yount who was a First Team All-League selection. She recorded 11 goals and 24 points a season ago. Seniors Hannah McDevitt and Jami Reichenberger were Second Team selections a season ago. UNI is coached by Bruce Erickson who is in his second season. 

This will be the only the second meeting between the two schools. The last time the schools met was Sept. 15, 2002. Wyoming won the meeting 3-0 in Laramie.

 

“I think Northern Iowa is a scrappy, physical team and won 14 games last year,” Cuadrado added. “We know that we will have our hands full on Friday. They return a ton of players from last year’s team so they have high expectations.” 

 

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