Cowgirls Host MW Newcomer Fresno State

Oct. 5, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Following a draw with UNLV last weekend to open the Mountain West season, the Cowgirl soccer team will play its second league game Saturday morning at 11 a.m. as Fresno State travels to the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

In its inaugural season as a member of the MW, the Bulldogs enter the match with a 3-7-3 overall record but are coming off a 3-0 victory over a tough Air Force team last Sunday for a strong start to the conference race. Fresno State last visited Laramie during the 2007 season, leaving with a 1-0 victory in the only prior game between the schools.

"They're a tough team and will be a lot to handle," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "Their record doesn't reflect how strong and talented they are. They play a unique system that is tricky to defend, but I am confident that our team is ready for the challenge and will be prepared for a difficult team."

The Bulldogs rank high in multiple categories within the league standings, including second in shot attempts with 189 on the year. On the other end of the field, goalkeeper Katie DeVault has 84 saves on the year, which leads the conference and is sixth-best in the nation.

Fresno State is also fourth in the MW in points at 47 (3.62 avg.), fourth in assists with 15 (1.15 avg.) and fourth in goals at 16 (1.23 avg.). Forward Callie Hancock leads the MW with 44 shots, averaging 3.38 per game, and is third in points (15) and goals (7), in the league. Although the Bulldogs have 16 goals on the year, they have given up a league-high 25.

The Cowgirls continue to lead the conference in several areas, including goals (27), points (76) and assists (22) while sixth in the MW in shots with 147. Wyoming is outscoring opponents by a 27-20 margin this season.

Sophomore forward Sara Paul is tied as the national assists leader with 10 on the year and is averaging .83 assists per game. Paul is also fourth in the conference in points with 14, averaging 1.17 per game.

Cowgirl midfielder Liz O'Reilly is third in the MW in assists with five, while forward Lucie McDowell leads the team with five goals, tied for fourth in the league.