Women's Soccer Tied as Most Improved Team in Country
Jan. 28, 2006
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's soccer team tied with Western Carolina as the most improved Division I squad in the country this season, according to figures released this week by the NCAA.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Terri Patraw, Nevada turned in the best season in school history in 2005 with an 11-7-2 overall record. That marked an improvement of 8.5 games from the team's 2-15-1 mark in 2004. Western Carolina was the only other team in NCAA Division I soccer to improve by that many games, going from a 5-10-3 mark in 2004 to an 18-6-0 record this season.
"I am extremely proud of our team and what we accomplished this season," Patraw said. "This year was the first step in an extremely bright future for the University of Nevada women's soccer program."
In addition to setting the school record for victories in a single season, the 2005 Wolf Pack squad turned in the program's best WAC record, tying for second in the league standings with a 4-2-1 mark and earning a berth in the postseason WAC Tournament for the first time in school history.
A school-record five members of the Wolf Pack earned second-team All-WAC honors in 2005, led by freshman Miranda Montejo who set program records for goals and points scored in a single season. Five Nevada student-athletes were also named to the Academic All-WAC squad in 2005.
Nevada will return all but three letterwinners from this year's record-setting team in 2006. The team will open the 2006 season with an exhibition game against Chico State on August 17 in Reno. Nevada will start the regular season on August 27 at Sacramento State.