Cowgirls Ready for Final Non-Conference Tune-Up at North Dakota
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming soccer team takes aim at its final non-conference match Thursday. The Cowgirls travel to North Dakota for a 2 p.m. contest at Bronson Field.
Wyoming owns a 3-1-3 overall mark this season. It’s coming off an 0-1-1 week that was a bit of mixed bag.
The Cowgirls fell at home to an Idaho State team that was searching for its first victory of the season. But then they rebounded resoundingly with a draw at ACC foe, Louisville.
Head coach Colleen Corbin would like to see the team that earned a come-from-behind result against the Cardinals reappear against the Fighting Hawks.
“I want to see the grit, the competitiveness, the fight, the tenacity, the speed and the athleticism we’ve shown,” Corbin said. “Those are all things that make everybody else’s lives hard. That’s why we cause problems.”
The Cowgirls showed all of those things at Louisville. The chore now is showcasing all those attributes consistently, game in and game out.
“Defensively, we’d love to get a shutout,” Corbin said. “We’d love our backline to be able to show up and be together and play together and work together. We are Looking for a complete defensive game and we’d like to score goals in a couple different ways.
“We want to continue to build on what we already have in the non-conference.”
Jazi Barela tallied the late game-tying goal at Louisville to give her three for the season, which ties her for the team lead with Alyssa Glover. Maddi Chance and Jamie Tatum – who scored in the first half against the Cardinals – have multiple goals this season with two apiece. Tatum also has a team-best two assists, a post she shares with Nikayla Copenhaver.
Haley Bartel received both starts in goal for Wyoming this past week, giving her three for the season. She’s owns 10 saves this year and a GAA of 2.00, while Miyuki Schoyen has four starts, 16 saves and a GAA of 1.00.
North Dakota is led offensively by Amelia Loeffler and Allison Rapaduski who each have three goals. The Fighting Hawks have found the back of the net 10 times as a team and allowed seven goals.
Madi Livingston has started all eight games in net for North Dakota. She has 38 saves and a GAA of 0.88.
The Fighting Hawks are 3-3-2 on the year and are fresh off a 2-0 home loss to Grand Canyon. Wyoming and North Dakota have met once before, and it was last season when the two clubs played to a 1-1 draw in Laramie.
Following the game in Grand Forks, Wyoming returns home for Mountain West Conference play. The Cowgirls open with UNLV on Sept. 21 before hosting Nevada on Sept. 24.
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