CU Soccer Opens Road Schedule in Laramie

The University of Colorado women's soccer team (2-1) will play their first non-conference road game of the 2003 season when they travel to Larime, Wyoming to match up against the University on Wyoming Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Buffaloes are still riding the momentum of a prefect pre-season and their victory over Georgia last week, as well as their most recent 3-0 win over ninth-ranked Denver University. The team's only loss of the season thus far came against then second-ranked Portland University on August 29th, when PU scored in the final three minutes of regulation to break up what was arguably CU's best extended defensive exhibition of the year.

Colorado's offensive production has been anchored around freshman Katie Griffin, who has scored two goals on five shots in CU's three regular season games. The Scottsdale, Arizona native also leads the team in points (4) and shooting percentage (62.5%).

Aside from Griffin, three other Buffaloes have combined to account for the trio of goals the team has scored this season, including sophomore Fran Munnelly, who had a goal and an assist on the year and has started every game for the Buffs. The freshman-junior midfield combination of Jessica Cerensino and Jen Thais has combined for the other pair of goals that CU has scored on the year, helping to account for the 1.64 goals per game average the Buffs have posted.

In the goal box, Colorado's season opening starter Niki Resnick was replaced by sophomore Jessica Keller after the team's opening loss to Portland. Since, Colorado hasn't lost and has allowed just a single goal (against Georgia) to Colorado's five. In better than 183 minutes, Keller has held the opposition to less than half a goal per game with a 2-0 record and a save percentage of better than 83%.

Statistically, CU has lived up to its early season record in virtually every way, leading the opposition in shots, shot %, corner kicks per game, and fouls (among others). Most telling is the Buff's shot percentage, which at .161 is 10% better than what the CU defense has allowed in the team's first three games.

Wyoming (2-1) is coming off a solid 2-1 victory over Alabama on Friday in Laramie. The Lady Cowboys have posted fairly solid numbers thus far this season, but they've done so against mediocre competition while at home. Wyoming has yet to play any game on the road this season, as Tuesday's home game against CU will be the team's last until they return to Laramie on October 10th following a five-game road trip that begins in Oxford, Mississippi this weekend.

Wyoming features a relatively inexperienced roster, even compared to CU's youthful lineup. The Cowboys are equipped with 12 true and 14 redshirted freshmen, including backup goaltender Lauren Hawthorne.

Starting in net for Wyoming is Lori Sheider. The senior junior college transfer from Littleton, Colorado has allowed just a single goal this season, if you exclude Wyoming's 3-0 loss to Georgia in the team's regular season opener.

Following Tuesday's matchup in Laramie, the Buffs will travel to New Mexico to take on the Lobos on Sunday before returning to Boulder to host the Colorado Women's Kickoff Classic from Sep. 19-21.