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The University of Wyoming women’s soccer team mustered just four shots Thursday in a 2-0 loss to No. 16-ranked Central Florida in an exhibition match in Orlando, Florida.

The match was played in three segments, one 60 minutes and two 30 minutes each

UW and UCF were scoreless into the 76th minute when the Knights scored an unassisted goal. UCF added a second goal four minutes later.

The Cowgirls got two shots from forward Michaela Stark and one each from Carlee Martin and Indianna Asimus. None of UW’s shots were on goal.

Cristina Salazar started in goal for UW and made two saves while shutting out the Knights for 74 minutes. Hannah Lee played the final 46 minutes and gave up the two goals.

The Cowgirls begin regular-season play at 3 p.m. Thursday at South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Cowgirls picked 8th in MW soccer poll

Wyoming was voted eighth by the Mountain West soccer coaches in the annual preseason poll Thursday.

The Cowgirls — 8-9-2 overall and 4-6-1 MW a season ago — return six starters from that team and 16 players who saw playing time.

San Diego State edged San Jose State for the top honor. The defending MW tournament champion Aztecs received four of the 12 first-place votes for 112 total poll points, one better than the Spartans. SJSU had the most first-place votes with five and 111 points.

Boise State was third at 99 with two first-place votes with UNLV (83) and New Mexico (80) rounding out the top five. Fresno State received the final first-place vote and was sixth.

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