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Soccer Set for Big 12 Tournament Opener

Nov 1, 2006

The No. 5 seed University of Colorado women's soccer team is set to open the 2006 Big 12 Tournament today at the Blossom Soccer Complex at 12:30 p.m. MST against the No. 4 seed Kansas Jayhawks.  The teams met just five days ago in Lawrence, with CU coming away with a 4-0 victory.

Fans wishing to follow the game can visit www.texassports.com and follow the links for the Big 12 Soccer Tournament.

BUFFALOES AT THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT

- CU earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker over Nebraska.

- This is CU's second time as the No. 5 seed as they were also that in the 1997 tournament, CU's first ever Big 12 tournament appearance.

- CU has been seeded everywhere from 1 through 7 and have only ever NOT been seeded eighth.

- Colorado has only faced four teams in it's Big 12 tourney history: Missouri four times, Texas A&M four times, Texas three times and Oklahoma twice. This will be their first meeting with Kansas in the tournament.

- CU is 6-7 in the Big 12 tourney all time.

- This marks the first time that Colorado has closed out the regular season against a team and then had to play them again immediately at the Big 12 Tournament.

- Three different Buffaloes have netted goals in the Big 12 Tournament, all of them last year. Katie Griffin has three, Alex Cousins and Allison Kidd each have one.

- Bill Hempen has a record of 4-4 in the Big 12 Tournament.

- Last year marked the first time that CU had players selected to the All-Tournament Team; Katie Griffin, Kat Grandinetti and Darci Smerchek all earned spots on the squad.

 

NOTING THE KANSAS SERIES

- Colorado will face Kansas for the second consecutive game between the two teams. Colorado owns a record of 6-5 against the Jayhawks, and are 3-2 in Boulder and 3-3 in Lawrence. This will be the first time ever that the teams have met on a neutral field.

- Kansas finished 6-4 in conference play, good for fourth place. CU is 3-2 in the last five meetings with the Jayhawks.

- CU's 4-0 victory over Kansas on Friday was the largest margin of victory over Kansas ever. The previous margin was always just a single goal in favor of Colorado. KU had twice previously beaten CU by a four-goal margin (2001, 2002).

- Kansas' leading scorer is Monica Dolinsky, who has six goals and five assists on the season for 17 points. She is followed by Jessica Bush (7 goals, 2 assists) and Holly Gault (5 goals, 6 assists). Julie Hanley has been the KU netminder with 0.99 GAA and seven shutouts, posting a record of 11-7 on the season.

- Bill Hempen now owns a record of 3-3 against Kansas and are 2-1 in Boulder in that span and 1-2 in Lawrence.

- Kansas has nine players on its roster from the state of Colorado and there are lots of connections. Kim Boyer was a prep teammate of CU's Nikki Keller; two Jayhawks hail from Fort Collins, home of Alex Cousins; Jessica Kilpatrick and Meredith Monson were both prep teammates of Brittany Dornseif.

- KU's Megan Jensen was a prep teammate of CU's Kara Linder at Lincoln East in Lincoln, Neb.

 

QUICKLY...The University of Colorado women's soccer team (11-5-2, 5-4-1 Big 12) travels to San Antonio, Texas for the 11th Annual Big 12 Women's Soccer Championship.  The games will be played at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio.  Colorado secured the No. 5 seed and will face Kansas on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m. MST. 

 

TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS...Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster statewide in Texas or through the San Antonio Sports Foundation web site (sanantoniosports.org). Prices are $6 per session, $12 for a three-day pass or $99 for a Team Pack of 20 tickets.

 

IN THE RANKINGS...The Buffs are up to No. 27 in the Soccer Buzz top 30 poll, and are receiving votes in the Soccer Times Poll released on Oct. 23.  Other polls were not released as of press time.

 

ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN...Colorado is in the midst of a four-game winning streak, matching their longest of the year.  Colorado's winning streak has also been a shutout streak as Kirstin Radlinski has had three solo shutouts out of the four and shared one with Kara Linder against Texas Tech.

 

HONORABLE...The Big 12 announced it's postseason honors on Oct. 30 and three Buffaloes were selected.  Freshman Nikki Marshall was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, as well as First Team All-Big 12.  She's just the third Buff to earn either of those distinctions joining Fran Munnelly and Katie Griffin as the NOY and Fran and Laura Munnelly as sometime First Team picks.  She was also named to the All-Newcomer Team.  Senior Laura Munnelly earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors, the fourth time she's been named to an All-Conference Team.  Freshman Jess Quador was named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer team, the 11th Buff to be so honored.

 

LAST TIME OUT...The Buffs had a solid road victory at Kansas, beating the Jayhawks 4-0.  CU got two goals from Nikki Marshall and one apiece from Alex Cousins and Allie True, while Kirstin Radlinski recorded her second-consecutive solo shutout.

 

THAT'S JUST OFFENSIVE...Colorado has scored in 15 of 18 games, getting shutout only three times in the tie vs. Vanderbilt and the losses to Texas A&M and Missouri.  The school record for fewest shutouts is three, set in 2004. CU finished that season 15-6-2 on the season.  Colorado has had 10 different players score a goal this season; the school record in that category is 13, set in 2002.  Fifteen Buffs recorded a point (goal or assist) that season, and CU has 13 players that fit that criteria in -06.

 

THE MARSHALL PLAN...Freshman Nikki Marshall has gotten her CU career off to an impressive start this season as her 14 goals and three assists so far is good for first in the Big 12 Conference in scoring and goals scored. She had a record setting four game span at the beginning of the season which saw her score a school record four goals in CU's 5-1 win over Clemson, doing so in a span of just 49 minutes.  She currently has tied her own record for consecutive games with a goal, now with four, and posted her second highest single game point total with five against Kansas. She has five gamewinning goals, tying the single season record, her ninth school record this year: most goals in a game (4), most points in a game (8), most consecutive games with a goal (4), and most goals in a three game span (6), and most consecutive games with a point (6), goals in a season (14), points in a season (31). 

 

IRONWOMAN...Laura Munnelly.  She never left the pitch as a freshman in 2003, playing all 1,609 minutes for Colorado as a first year player.  In 2004, she was taken down from behind in the game against OSU and despite her protests, had to be taken off with seven minutes to play, giving her a season total of 2,121.  In 2005, the same story was true, as she only came off against Riverside after a hard foul for 13 minutes having to sit out the first overtime and the last three minutes of regulation, a total of 2,237 minutes. This season, that total is 1,660.  She has sat for just 20 minutes in her entire career, giving her a runaway CU record of 7,627 career minutes played.  That equals 99.7% of the possible minutes she could have played (7,647) in that span.   Want more stats- Here's a look at Laura compared to the minutes leaders in the NBA, and we'd take Queen Laura over King LeBron in this department:

Highest Percentage Minutes Played (out of 3,936 possible)   Minutes Per Game (82 possible games, 48 MPG)

1.                                      Gilbert Arenas, WAS (80 GP)           3383/3936 (85.95%)      1. Allen Iverson, PHI                      72 GP-43.1 MPG

2.                                      LeBron James, CLE (79 GP)            3361/3936 (85.39%)      2. LeBron James, CLE                       79 GP-42.5 MPG

3.                                      Joe Johnson, ATL (82 GP)               3340/3936 (84.85%)      3. Gilbert Arenas, WAS                     80 GP-42.3 MPG

4.                                      Antawn Jamison, WAS (82 GP)        3287/3936 (83.51%)      4. Ricky Davis, BOS/MIN                78 GP-41.2 MPG

5.                                      Kobe Bryant, LAL (80 GP)                3273/3936 (83.15%)      5. Kobe Bryant, LAL                       80 GP-40.9 MPG

 

HEY DON'T GET ALL DEFENSIVE...For just the third time in 11 seasons, the Colorado Buffaloes opened the season with back-to-back shutouts. First was a 0-0 double overtime tie to Vanderbilt, then a 4-0 defeat of Alabama. Freshman Kara Linder got credit for the Vandy bagel, and shared the Alabama shutout with sophomore Kirstin Radlinski.  Linder posted her second career shutout with the 1-0 win over Denver, just the fourth against DU in the series.  Colorado has posted a total of eight shutouts this year, the fourth-highest total in school history.  The current streak of four in a row ties the school record for consecutive shutouts set in 2004.

 

LARGEST FRESHMAN CLASS IN HISTORY...With 13 freshmen (more than an entire team) signing letters of intent or walking on for this season, the freshman class is the largest in the program's now 11 year history, surpassing  the 2002 team that had 12 on the roster.  Those 12 were gradually whittled down to six, CU's 2006 graduating class and the winningest class in school history.  Eight different freshman have gotten starting action (starts-appearances): Marshall (18-18), White (12-18), Linder (9-11), Ross (7-17), Quador (7-17), Goodman (1-12),  Doyne (1-12) and Choun (1-7).

              1996    1997  1998   1999   2000   2001  2002  2003  2004  2005   2006

Freshmen  6        11      6        8        2         7      12       6       5       9       13

 

SENIOR CLASS...Colorado's senior class is half the size it was a year ago with three members this year.  Katie Griffin and Laura Munnelly both came to campus in the fall of 2003 and helped lead Colorado to it's first Big 12 Championship.  They were joined a year later by Allie True, who was a transfer from UCLA.  They own a record of 50-23-9 so far in their career and with three more wins will have the most wins in CU history of any senior class.

 

CENTURY CLUB...Colorado now boasts a record of 102-95-18 all time, having won the program's 100th game in the victory over Texas Tech.  Colorado surpassed the .500 winning percentage mark against Mississippi and have managed to stay beyond it since.

 

CU IN THE BIG 12...This is the 11th season for Colorado in the Big 12 Conference. The Buffs own one Big 12 regular season title, which they won in 2003.  They have made it to the finals of the conference tournament one time, a 2-1 double overtime loss last season to Texas A&M.  CU owns a 48-50-11 record in Big 12 play all-time and were 6-3-1 a year ago, tied for second.  Bill Hempen is 30-22-8 in the Big 12.  Colorado is 5-6 all-time in Big 12 openers.

 

PACKING THEM IN...Colorado set a new Prentup Field single season attendance average record this season.  The Buffs are averaging 1,071 fans in nine home games, which is well past the 961 mark set in the Big 12 Championship season in 2003 when CU played at Pleasant View Soccer Complex.  The Buffs drew 1,765 fans for the DU game, a Prentup Field record.

 

ROOKIE HONORS...Freshmen Nikki Marshall and Kara Linder worked their way to a Colorado threepeat in the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors for performances over the first three weeks of this season.  Linder got hers for shutouts at Vanderbilt and vs. Alabama, and Marshall got hers for dominating Clemson and Mississippi and again this week for two goals against BYU and Utah.  They are just the third and fourth Buffs in school history to earn the honor, joining Fran Munnelly and Orly Ripmaster.  Marshall also earned three different national honors, including spots on the Team of the Week for both Soccer America and Soccer Buzz and the Soccer Times National Team of the Week, a first for Colorado.  Marshall earned the honor again the week of Oct. 23 thanks to her two goals against Texas Tech and Baylor.

 

HOME SWEET PRENTUP...Prentup Field became Colorado's full time home last season, with the Buffaloes posting a home record of 7-1-1 and now owners of an all-time mark of 15-3-1.  Previously the Buffs played their home games at Pleasant View Soccer Complex and while they posted a record over .500 (.646), it was no comparison to the .833 record the Buffs boast at Prentup, where CU is proud to stay.

 

TEAM OF THE WEEK...Twice this season a Buff made the Soccer Buzz National Team of the Week.  Nikki Marshall's five goal weekend earned her a spot on Sept. 5, whereas Michelle Wenino was honored Aug. 29 for her double goal outing, as well as her contributions to CU's shutout of Vanderbilt.  The duo are the first in school history to be so honored.

 

FIRST TIME OUT... The Buffs are 4-5-2 in season openers with last year's win over VU the second win in the first game of the year for head coach Bill Hempen in his Colorado career.  CU previously beat Fresno State in the 2002 opener and the Buffs are 2-3-1 in his first outings.

 

PRESEASON PICKS...The Buffs were picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 standings, the best preseason pick of CU in team history.  Katie Griffin became the third Buffalo all time to earn preseason All-Big 12 Team status, joining Fran Munnelly and Laura Munnelly.

 

ON MY SUMMER VACATION...Katie Griffin spent approximately two months with the U-21 National Team, culminating in the 2006 Nordic Cup, where the United States took second.  Griffin's appointment was the first appearance by a Buffalo on any national team in school history.  She netted her first international goal in the Nordic Cup opener for the U.S., scoring the third goal in a 3-0 win over Denmark.

 

M*A*S*H UNIT...The Buffs are off to a rough start in the injury department in 2006.  Sophomore Amber Bettenhausen suffered a knee injury the day before the Buffs reported for camp and had surgery to repair a torn meniscus and ACL on Aug. 23.  They got their second of the season when Maura Gentile blew hers out at Oklahoma State.

 

HEMPEN AND CU IN NCAA NATIONAL RANKINGS...Following the conclusion of the 2005 season, Bill Hempen and his Buffaloes earned rankings on the NCAA Women's Soccer National Ranking Summary.  After his 18th season coaching, Hempen is 20th in total career wins with 217 and 46th in winning percentage (.605). Colorado landed at No. 47 (out of 50 ranked) in shutout percentage (0.46) and 98th out of 315 in won-lost-tied percentage (0.583). Whether it is the immaculate field at the foot of the Flatirons or the success of the team, Colorado soccer games have easily become a favorite in Boulder as attendance is continuing to improve.  CU's attendance for 2005 ranked at No. 39 (6,662) for total home attendance and No. 27 for average home attendance, drawing in an average of 832 fans a game.

 

HOMEGROWN TALENT...11 of the 26 players on the Colorado roster hail from the Centennial State this year: senior Laura Munnelly (Arvada), junior Brittany Dornseif (Littleton), sophomores Alex Cousins (Ft. Collins), Nikki Keller (Arvada) and Michelle Wenino (Aurora), and freshmen Ally Goodman (Cherry Hills),  Nikki Marshall (Mead), Jess Quador (Littleton), Kelly Ross (Superior), Kyrna Wheeler (Louisville) and Mary White (Highlands Ranch).

 

GAME WINNER GRIFFIN...Senior Katie Griffin is tops on the CU gamewinning goals chart with 12 in her career, two ahead of former teammate Fran Munnelly.