Cowgirl Soccer Showing Signs of Promise in 2013

April 18, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Returning seven starters and 15 letterwinners from a successful 2012 season, the Cowgirl soccer team is enjoying a strong spring season by winning its last four games and not allowing a single goal.

"It's been a good spring so far," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "We're getting more consistent in our attack. We're pretty beat up right now and have had some starters out in recent weeks, but it was nice to see others step up and do well against good competition. The conditioning is paying off and they're making good decisions. They're also doing a lot on their own outside of team conditioning that is making a difference."

Wyoming traveled to the Colorado Mesa Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo., last weekend for tilts with Southern Utah and Fort Lewis. Against the Thunderbirds on Saturday, both teams went scoreless in the opening period before the Cowgirls increased the tempo in the second half and won the game on a Jennifer Paul goal with 20 minutes remaining.

Facing Fort Lewis on Sunday, the Cowgirls came close to scoring on several opportunities throughout the game before junior Kasey Curtis was able to put a goal into the lower right corner of the net with 10 minutes left for a 1-0 victory.

"Against Southern Utah, I feel that we played well and got good results," Cuadrado said. "In both games, we had control of the ball for about 80 percent of the time, which is always a good thing. We started a bit slow against SUU, but once we got settled down we did well. It was the same against Fort Lewis in that once we got organized, we played well the rest of the game. We really took it to them."

Wyoming hosted the Cowgirl Spring Tournament on Saturday, April 6, and earned victories over quality Division II schools UC-Colorado Springs and University of Mary, assistant coach Levi Evans' former school. The Cowgirls earned a 2-0 victory over UCCS by way of a Liz O'Reilly free kick and Mollee Ramsay penalty kick later in the game.

After a scoreless opening 40 minutes against U-Mary, Wyoming came alive in the second half to achieve an impressive 6-0 win. Junior Kristin Howard started it off two minutes in by scoring on a header off a Sara Paul corner kick before Jennifer Paul scored off a Sara Paul assist. Sara Paul then scored two goals herself to up the lead to 4-0, with sophomore Kajal Parmar earning a goal moments later for a 5-0 advantage. Sara Paul ended the game with another goal to log three total goals and two assists in a 6-0 victory.

The spring slate began March 10 with a matchup with Northern Colorado, which the Cowgirls battled in three 40-minute periods. The two schools fought to a 1-1-1 finish.

"The first time we played it was a little rough," Cuadrado said. "I never make excuses, but I acknowledge we've got four new people on the back line and two new goalies. We didn't play terrible but it wasn't our best. Ever since that game the girls have really picked it up."

The Cowgirls travel to Salt Lake City this Saturday for tough games versus Utah (10 a.m.) and Utah State (3 p.m.). The Utes and Cowgirls haven't competed since 2010, but UW battled Utah State to a 1-1 draw last September in Logan, Utah.

"The team is buying in and getting more and more comfortable," Cuadrado said. "We haven't given up a quality chance in four games, which gives confidence to our defense. Teams have had chances here and there, but we haven't given up any goals in those games. A lot of that has come because the girls are just working hard."

The 2013 spring season concludes with the Alumni Game scheduled for Sunday, April 28, at the Indoor Practice Facility. The time of the game will be announced in the near future.