Steiner Defending Her Turf

By Alisha Roemeling

Starting all 19 games last year, Amy Steiner played 1,394 minutes and helped the Buffaloes record five shutouts in 2010 including a 1-0 upset over No. 10 UCLA and scoreless ties with Big 12 Conference rivals Texas and Texas A&M.

The senior defender for the Colorado Buffaloes became involved in soccer when she was just a toddler and she continues to get better.

Born in Fort Collins, Colo., and raised in Denver, Amy has always had a love for the state. After attending the University of Arizona for her freshman and sophomore years, Steiner decided to come back to Colorado and play for CU.

"I felt like it was a good move for me at the time. I really missed Colorado," she said. "I knew that I wanted to pursue speech pathology, and thought it was a risk worth taking. I already knew (head coach Bill Hempen) and some of the girls on the team and wanted to make a change.

"There's something so special about CU and Boulder. It's right up against the Flatirons, and Boulder is such a unique place compared to other cities in Colorado. I really love it here, and it's fun to be a part of this program."

As for the Buffs upcoming game against her former Wildcats, Steiner is more excited than anything else.

"It's definitely going to be a fun game, I've been looking forward to it for a while and it'll be great to play against some of the girls I know," she said. "I'm excited to see what new girls they have, and what they have to offer. The bragging rights are on the line. I'm close with some of the girls and we've been joking back and forth about who's going to win."

Steiner is serious about soccer and her senior season. Her favorite part of the game is the "straight up competition and having the drive to win." Steiner is determined to make this season one of the best yet, and wants her team to succeed.

"I hope to lead this team defensively and I want to do whatever I can to get this team winning games and to an NCAA tournament," she said. "Since I am a senior I hope to be a leader, and for freshman to see that I am out here every day working hard. I'm going to give it my all, and do everything I can to become a better player this year."

As her senior soccer season comes to an end, Steiner seems to be ready for the next step and plans to attend graduate school.

"As the season comes to an end, this is all I have left to give and I'm going to give it everything I can."

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