CU, DU Set to Battle for Soccer Sweet 16
BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's soccer team will face the University of Denver this Sunday, Nov. 12 at Noon at Prentup Field for the right to play in the Sweet 16 of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Sunday will be the second time the teams have met this year in Boulder. They played to a 1-0 Colorado victory on Sept. 15 on a Jess Quador goal in the first half in a game that had to be suspended due to rain. Since then, DU has rattled off 16 straight victories, including a perfect 11-0 in Sunbelt Conference play and a three game sweep of their conference tournament, good for a 19-2-1 record.
Colorado has an eight-game unbeaten streak since Oct. 15 in Iowa. Following three-straight Big 12 losses, the Buffs narrowly defeated Iowa State 1-0 in Ames. The Buffs then topped Texas Tech 3-0, Baylor 1-0 and Kansas 4-0 to close out the regular season. In Big 12 Tournament play, the Buffs tied KU but advanced on penalty kicks to the semifinals, where they shocked No. 7 Texas A&M with a 3-2 come from behind win in overtime.
CU then tied No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 Championship game 1-1, but lost the championship in a shootout 5-4. CU then came from behind for the third straight game on Friday to top Colorado College 2-1 in their first-ever home NCAA match. The Buffs are 13-5-4, and have the second-most wins in CU history.
A lot is on the line for both Denver and Colorado on Sunday. Denver won for the first time ever in an NCAA Tournament game in four tries against Kentucky 2-0 on Friday and a win would give them 20 wins on the season. A Buff victory would make CU 3-3-1 all time in NCAA Tournament play, and would give them their first-ever trip to the Sweet 16.
The Buffs reached the second round thanks to two goals from senior U-21 National Team player Katie Griffin. CU trailed 1-0 in the first half after a brilliant CC header on a corner kick. Griffin then scored twice in a span of two minutes in the second half, both on assists from Allison Kidd to give the Buffs a 2-1 win.
Denver got through against Kentucky for their first NCAA win on goals from Jenna Billingsley and Lleane Grimditch. The goal by Billingsley was DU's first-ever in NCAA play, while Grimditch's 10th goal of the season provided the cushion against the Wildcats.
CU and DU have met five times in Boulder all time, with Colorado owning a 4-1 margin in those contests. CU is unbeaten in the last four meetings with DU, going 3-0-1 in that span and 2-0 in Boulder. Overall the Buffs are 5-3-1 against the Pioneers.
Tickets are available at www.cubuffs.com, at Prentup Field on gameday, or by calling 303-49-BUFFS. Prices are $7 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under, DU and CU students and seniors, and $1 for kids under five. The gates will open at 11 a.m., and there is no re-entry permitted. Parking at Colorado Soccer is free.