* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- This upcoming spring feels quite a bit different than the one a year ago for the University of Wyoming soccer team.

After a disappointing 2023 season, the Cowgirls will look to reimagine themselves during the formative months to come.

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“This spring is exciting for us because we are in a space now where the team has the opportunity to rebrand themselves, having lost 10 pretty impactful seniors,” head coach Colleen Corbin said. “Creating a new identity will be very important for this group going forward. It’s going to be exciting.”

That group of 10 departing seniors included the program’s all-time leading goal and point scorer, Jamie Tatum. It also encompassed three other starters and a few others who played significant minutes off the bench.

That leaves plenty of playing time in which to be filled. Alyssa Glover looks to lead the offensive charge after pacing the team with six goals and four assists for 16 points in 2023. Maddi Chance and Jazi Barela join Glover in the offensive push after a season that saw them score five goals apiece.

Taylor Brook, Lily Brongo, Eliza-Grace Smith and Kylee Holstad round out the returning starters. Alyssa Bedard is also back after battling injuries for the more than half of last season.

“There’s a lot of potential, and there’s a lot of people that can step up in a lot of ways,” Corbin said. “We are excited to give people space and opportunity, see how they grow, how they compete, and what the group looks like at the end of the year.”

The spring schedule features five contests against an eclectic mix of teams. It’s a cornucopia comprised of fellow Division I programs, Division II teams, junior college squads and semi-professional teams.

The game schedule commences with Colorado School of Mines at the beginning of March before a matchup with Boulder United at the end of the month. April will see the Cowgirls play Casper College, Northern Colorado and Metro State on three consecutive weekends.

“What’s really necessary for this group is cohesion and being able to play together,” Corbin said. “Being able to see where the pieces fit together and how they fit together – trying different formations and different rotations. All that kind of stuff is going to be the main focal point for the matches this spring.”

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