Cowgirls Take on Nevada, Boise State at Home

Oct. 11, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Approaching the midpoint of conference season, the Cowgirl soccer team stays home this weekend to take on Nevada and Boise State Friday and Sunday at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex.

Wyoming (7-4-2, 0-1-1 MW) will face the Wolf Pack (4-8-1, 0-2-0 MW) on Friday at 3 p.m., while the match with the Broncos (5-8-1, 0-2-0 MW) will occur Sunday at 1 p.m.

"These are crucial games as we are getting to the heart of conference play," said Wyoming coach Pete Cuadrado. "Playing at home, we need to take advantage and pick up some league wins. There are no easy games in the Mountain West, and both Nevada and Boise State are dangerous teams, so we'll need to play at our highest level to get these wins."

Sophomore Sara Paul, second in the nation in assists with 10 on the year, will lead the Wyoming attack (No. 37 scoring offense nationally) that tops the MW in goals (27) and points (76) and sixth in shot attempts (168). Through two conference games, Paul leads the league with 10 shots after attempting nine last week against Fresno State, an all-time single game high for Cowgirl soccer.

On the defensive end, goalie Courtney Merkle also leads the MW with 15 saves in two league games.

The Wolf Pack is currently on a four-game losing streak having lost close matches to league leaders New Mexico and San Diego State recently. Outscored 20-10 on the year, Nevada ranks eighth in the MW in shots (108), goals (10) and assists (9). Goalie Dana Moreno is second in the league in saves with 61 on the year with a .762 save percentage.

Nevada forward Chrisalyn Fonte is tied for fourth in the MW in goals (5), sixth in points (12) and eighth in shots (28) with two game-winning goals. Defender Madison Lorenzen is tied for sixth in assists with four. In two conference games, the Wolf Pack have made 14 shot attempts, including 12 against New Mexico.

The Broncos face the Cowgirls Sunday following a Friday match with Air Force as they are also coming off recent losses to San Diego State and New Mexico. Outscored 22-16 for the year, the Broncos have outshot opponents 202-171 with 66 on goal.

Boise State ranks second in the league in shots (202) and corner kicks (65), while sixth in points (44), goals (16) and assists (12). Forward Shannon Schueren leads the Broncos with five goals (tied fourth in MW) and 33 shots (sixth in MW), and her 12 points is sixth-best in the league.

In conference games, midfielder Lauren Hickok is fifth in the MW in shot attempts with seven, while keeper Maddy McDevitt has 22 goals allowed (1.51 GAA) and 51 saves.