Wyoming Soccer Team Heads to Idaho State for Thursday Match

From the desk of Amy Dambro

LARAMIE -- Having opened the season with two wins and a tie, the Wyoming soccer team travels to Idaho State for a Thursday afternoon game in its only action this week. 

The Cowgirls are 2-0-1 on the season after a 0-0 double overtime tie against Northern Iowa on Friday. They are in third place in the Mountain West standings. 

Against the Northern Iowa, the Cowgirls recorded a season-high 21 shots and put nine on goal compared to 11 shots by the Panthers and four on goal. Friday marked the second shutout for junior goalkeeper Cristina Salazar and the Cowgirls in 2018.

Senior Annika Clayton currently leads the team with two goals along with ten shots and five of them on goal. Three other Cowgirls have recorded one goal in three games while three each have an assist. Salazar has played all three games in net, has nine saves and a 0.61 goals against average. She is tied for first in shutouts in the league and third with a 0.61 gaa.

The Cowgirl offense is averaging 18 shots compared nine by its opponents. They have a 50.0 shots on goal percentage. UW ranks second in the MW with 54 shots and fourth in points (13) and goals (5) through three games.

Wyoming currently 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.

“Our match with Idaho State will be a good test for us on the road,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said.  “ISU always plays well at home, so for us to continue our unbeaten streak this season we will have to show up and put in a quality performance.  We have a good amount of positives to build upon from our last match, and will continue to work on those moving ahead to Thursday’s match.  The most obvious area to clean up is our finishing, and everyone on the team embraces that challenge.”

Idaho State lost its first two games of the season -- 2-1 against UTEP and 5-0 against New Mexico.

 

The Bengals return six starters and 17 letterwinners from a squad that went 3-14-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the Big Sky during the 2017 season. The leading scorer from last year, Makena Bambei, returns to midfield for her junior season after tallying 11 points on five goals and one assist. Brooke Kortekaas returns after a three-goal season, while Paige Smith and Tristen Spooner started in all 18 games a season ago and logging 1,457 and 1,261 minutes of play respectively. Idaho State is coached by Allison Gibson who is in her 13th season at the helm.

 

This will be the 11th meeting between the two schools. UW leads the series 6-3-1. The last time the schools met was September 14, 2017. Wyoming won the contest, 3-0 in Laramie. The last road meeting was August 23, 2016. The Cowgirls came out on top 2-0.

 

For Thursday’s match, live stats and video will be available at GoWyo.com. Follow @wyo_soccer on twitter for updates throughout the game.