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Mar 8, 2004

BOULDER - Big 12 Rookie of the Year and 2003 season leading scorer Katie Griffin netted a pair of goals as the soccer team blanked Northern Colorado 4-0, for its second straight shutout, under the lights on the football practice fields here Monday night.


            The match gave CU a glimpse of what they might see next year when they host the Bears in October.


"We've really been working on our movement off the ball, and at times we're pretty good at it.  We've been working on painting a picture and we're showing signs of development, which means that they're paying attention," said head coach Bill Hempen of his 2004 Buffs.


            The spring contest was all Colorado as the Buffs scored all four goals in the first of three 30-minute periods and outshot the Bears 16-7 in the 90 minute contest.


With CU dominating the field, Fran Munnelly opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a shot from 10 yards out from the right post into the lower left corner.


            Less than two minutes later, Jen Thais took a pass from Griffin and matched Munnelly's shot into the left corner for the 2-0 advantage.


            The Buffs nearly made it a 3-0 game when Northern Colorado recovered from a defensive breakdown off a Fran Munnelly throw in the 16th minute.


            An Ellen Falender pass from the right flank in the 18th minute set up Griffin at point blank range in the middle of the net for the score.  Griffin would nail the crossbar four minutes later, before sealing her second goal of the night in the 28th minute when she beat the UNC keeper inside the box for the final score of the game.


            The win gives Colorado a 2-0 cushion going into their second roadtrip of the spring calendar.  The Buffs will face the U-19 National Team on Saturday, March 13, at the state of the art Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before taking on NCAA Tournament caliber programs Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine Sunday in Malibu.


"Playing a national team is a great opportunity"for our program and for our kids it's awesome. To be able to compete against some of the best youth players in the country is incredible.  Hopefully we'll fare well enough that maybe some of those kids will like what they see and look our way in a couple of years, and they'll tell their friends who will tell their friends, which will give our program more recognition."