Montana St.-Billings and Weber St. on Tap

Aug. 23, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Hoping to improve every game and progress toward the conference season, the Cowgirl soccer team hosts Montana State-Billings and travels to Weber State this weekend.

Wyoming takes on the Yellowjackets Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex before heading to Ogden, Utah on Sunday for a noon matchup with the Wildcats.

"We're excited to get back on the field and play," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "We are looking to pick up where we left off against Lamar. We have had a great week of training and are ready for the challenges MSUB and Weber St. pose."

MSUB begins its regular season against the Cowgirls after defeating Northwest University in an exhibition last Saturday. The Yellowjackets went 11-3-4 last season, including an 8-2-4 conference record and 4-1-3 away record. They scored 35 goals to their opponents' 12 last season and had 120 shots on goal to their opponents' 74.

The Yellowjackets return several key starters from a year ago and 16 letterwinners overall, including senior Jaucelyn Richter, who made 18 starts last year scoring 27 points off 11 goals and five assists. Junior Heidi Greenback also started every game last season and had 23 points off seven goals and nine assists.

MSUB defenders Whitney Siler and Jennifer Larsen started every game last season and earned All-GNAC accolades from their performance.

Although off to an 0-2 start on the year, Weber State returns a talented 2012 squad expected to contend for a Big Sky Conference title. The Wildcats are coming off a 3-0 loss at Tulsa and a close 1-0 setback at No. 5 Oklahoma State last weekend.

WSU recorded 18 shots between the two games, including five on goal, but were unable to score against the difficult opponents. A persistent squad, the Wildcats have attempted 11 of the 18 shots during the second half.

Wildcats Alyssa Amano and Chansi Crompton each have three shot attempts, while Mackenzie Harrison, Felicia Sortor and Ari Aki all have two shots apiece. WSU keeper Ryann Waldman has 11 saves in the early season.

Wyoming is coming off a 3-1 victory over Lamar last Sunday as sophomore Sara Paul had two goals and senior Liz O'Reilly contributed the other score.