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Mar 14, 2004

CARSON and MALIBU, Calif.-  The University of Colorado soccer team went 1-1-1 in three days when they shutout Pepperdine (2-0), lost to the U-19 National Team (5-1) and tied Loyola Marymount (1-1) this weekend.


            On Friday, the Buffs got off the plane in Los Angeles and opened the weekend at Loyola Marymount where they played the Lions to a 1-1 tie, getting the score from a Jen Thais penalty kick on a play created by Big 12 Rookie of the Year Katie Griffin.


            A day later, Colorado dropped a 5-1 decision to the U-19 National Team, a first-time opportunity for the CU program.  With the U-19 team up 4-0, Thais took a Laura Munnelly serve and placed the ball over the keeper to prevent what would have been the Buffs' first shutout of the spring season.


            "I'm proud of the way we played this weekend.  The national team is supposed to beat us like that.  But we made probably eight defensive mistakes and they scored on five on those.  You don't get a lot of opportunities like that, but that's whey they're the national team.  I'm not disappointed for our kids"it was a great opportunity to experience that next level of play," said Bill Hempen.  "They were tired.  We played on field turf and it was warm, but we hung in there."


            Visibly tired, Colorado regrouped to shutout Pepperdine 2-0 on the Malibu, Calif. campus Sunday.  With one second left in the opening 40-minute half, Tricia Regan converted a Griffin free kick to break the stalemate and Jessica Ceresino made it a 2-0 game over the Waves to improve CU's spring record to 3-1-1.


            The Buffs will take a much needed two-week break before they close out the spring calendar April 4 against Denver, Air Force and the '87 ODP team.  Play begins at 10 a.m. on Prentup Field on CU's east campus.