Cowgirls Close Out Soccer Non-Conference at Southern Utah on Friday

From the Desk of Amy Dambro

LARAMIE – The Wyoming soccer team will travel to Cedar City, Utah on Friday to take on Southern Utah in its final non-conference game. The Cogirls are 4-1-2 on the season after a 1-0 victory over on Iowa on Sunday, the second win over a Big 10 team in program history.

Freshman Adalyn Vergara had a team-high three shots for UW, while fellow freshman Sekoya Romero had two shots with one on goal against Iowa. Senior Taylor Burton and fellow defenders Alyssa Murray and Savannah Warner each logged all 90 minutes. Junior Cristina Salazar had a career high seven saves in 90 minutes of action. 

Senior Annika Clayton currently leads the team with two goals along with 19 shots and nine of them on goal. Seven other Cowgirls have recorded one goal in six games while six different Cowgirls have assists. Salazar has played all six games in net, has 21 saves and a 0.85 goals against average.  

The Cowgirl offense is averaging 14.3 shots compared 12.0 by its opponents. They have a 47.0 shots on goal percentage. UW ranks second in the MW with 100 shots and fourth in goals (9) and in points (24) through five 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 13-0-3 during the streak.

“This week our goal will be to maintain our focus on getting a good result on the road,” head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “So far the team has stuck together well, and we must stay together in our final match before conference play.  Southern Utah looks to be a tough team at home this season.  With our conference schedule featuring some good games on the road this final non-conference match will definitely prepare us for the road ahead.” 

Southern Utah is 1-6-0, coming off a 1-0 lost to Nebraska-. The lone win came against MW foe UNLV. 

The Thunderbirds went 5-13 overall and 4-6 in the Big Sky a season ago. MaKenzie Lawrence returns after leading the team in scoring with five goals last year. Brianna Sims will help anchor the midfield after earning Big Sky Honorable Mention honors. Southern Utah is coached by Fred Thompson who is in his second season with the program.

This will be only the second meeting between the two schools. Wyoming won the first meeting, 3-1 in Laramie on Aug. 25 last year.