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2010 Postseason Soccer Notes

Dec 13, 2010

QUICKLY: The University of Colorado women's soccer team finished the 2010 season with an 8-9-3 overall record and listed eighth in the Big 12 Conference after finishing 4-5-1. The Buffaloes tied Texas A&M University 0-0 after a double-overtime battle but fell 5-4 in penalty kicks in the first round of the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas ending their season.

ALL-BIG 12 AWARDS: Kate Russell and Alex Dohm were named second-team All-Big 12 at the conclusion of regular season play. Dohm also earned an All-Big 12 Newcomer team honor alongside goalkeeper Annie Brunner.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Amy Barczuk, Erin Bricker, Caroline Danneberg, Amanda Foulk, Kym Lowry and Lauren Shaner each earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors as they each hold a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Shaye Marshall, Kelly Ross and Maggi Steury picked up second-team Academic All-Big 12 awards as each of them possess a 3.00-3.19 cumulative GPA.

In addition to Bricker's conference award, CoSIDA named her to the ESPN Academic All-District 7 Second Team. Bricker holds a 3.94 GPA while double-majoring in psychology and speech, language and hearing sciences.

BIG 12 POW: Colorado freshmen Lizzy Herzl and Brunner each earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season. Herzl earned two newcomer of the week awards after she scoring both of CU's gamewinning goals against top 10 teams UCLA and Texas A&M. Brunner earned a defensive player of the week award after CU beat Texas A&M 2-1 and tied Texas 0-0 in double-overtime contests. She earned her newcomer of the week accolade after CU beat Nebraska 2-1 in the final Big 12 home matchup which propelled the Buffs into the postseason tournament.

COLLEGE SOCCER 360: Following her performance in the 2-1 win over Nebraska on Oct. 29, Barczuk became the third Buff this season and fifth overall to be named a CS360 Primetime Performer of the Week. She scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Taryn Vitacca, which was her second goal of the season. Brunner and Dohm also were named a CS360 Primetime Performer this season. Brunner's award came after her performance in goal during two double-overtime battles, the 2-1 win over then-No. 6 ranked Texas A&M and the scoreless tie against Texas. Dohm earned her award after a stellar performance on defense in the 1-0 double-overtime victory against then-No. 10 ranked UCLA.

TOP OFFENSIVE BUFFS: Russell's three goals and five assists for 11 points locked her in as CU's leading scorer for the 2010 season. Lowry led the team in goals, assists and points for the entire season until Russell passed her up to take the top spot on CU's scoring list after playing Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Lowry's 10 points off three goals and four assists in 20 games this season was more than her offensive output of six points in her first three seasons combined - a span of 56 games. Hayley Hughes came in third matching Lowry and Russell with three goals as she dished out one assist on the season for seven points. Kassidy Fitzpatrick and Marshall came in fourth and fifth, respectively. Fitzpatrick contributed two goals and three assists this season as Marshall scored three goals.

OFFENSIVE RECORDS BY CLASS: Freshman Hughes' three goals this season put her in a four-way ninth-place tie on CU's all-time goals list for freshmen. Junior Russell made the list in each category as her three goals, five assists, and 11 points tied her for 10th, second and eighth, respectively.  Russell's 41 shots secured the seventh spot for her in that category. Senior Lowry's three goals and four assists tied her at the 10th and fourth positions, respectively, on those lists. Sophomore Barczuk attempted 41 shots securing the 10th spot on CU's sophomore list.

BRUNNER'S IMPACT: Brunner played in all 20 of Colorado's games and logged 19 starts this season owning an 8-9-3 record in goal. Iowa State is the only other team in the Big 12 that started a true freshman between the posts for at least one game. Maddie Jobe started 16 of ISU's 19 games and held a 7-9-1 record. 

BRUNNER CONTINUED: Brunner has already inched her way on to CU's individual season record list in many categories. Her 1.10 goals against average was good enough for 10th place on CU's chart. Her eight wins moved her into a three-way tie for sixth place with Kirstin Radlinski (8-3-3) and Jessica Keller (8-5-2) in 2006 and '05 respectively.

She also managed five shutouts, which put her in a five-way tie at the sixth spot with Kristin Radlinski (2005, '07), Sara Erskine ('02) and Danielle Bassett (1999). Brunner logged 61 saves in 20 games giving her the 10th spot on that chart in CU's record book. 

After regular season conference play, Brunner made an impact on the league charts by ranking fourth in goals against average (1.10) and tying for sixth in shutouts (one). Her 33 saves ranked ninth on that list.

Colorado had only started a true freshman in goal during three other seasons (2002, '05, and '06).  In 2002, eight of CU's 20 games saw freshmen Jeanne Rankin (7) and Anna Handzlik (1) as the starting goalies. Kristin Radlinski recorded eight starts and Kara Linder had nine during their freshman campaigns in 2005 and '06, respectively.   

WINNING IN OVERTIME: This season, the Buffaloes were 4-2-3 in overtime games after beating Washington State (2-1 OT), UCLA (1-0 2OT), Texas A&M (2-1 OT), and Kansas (2-1 OT) and tying Texas (0-0 2OT), Seattle (1-1 2OT) and Texas A&M (0-0 2OT). The two overtime losses were on the road at Baylor and Oklahoma when CU fell 1-0 in double-overtime and 2-1 in overtime, respectively. Colorado holds an all-time record of 15-11-21, a .543 winning percentage, for games that have exceeded 90 minutes.

Colorado's nine overtime games is a single-season team record. In 2007 and '08, the Buffs played six contests that went over 90 minutes.

NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED: Earlier this season, the Buffaloes inched their way onto two national top 25 polls. The week of Sept. 28, Soccer America listed Colorado at No. 22 and the Soccer Times poll acknowledged the Buffs at No. 24. The Buffaloes were not ranked in the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com coaches poll that week, but they did pick up 27 votes. The last time CU was ranked prior to this was in mid-September last year when they were positioned at No. 23 in the NSCAA coaches poll. The week of Oct. 4, CU held onto a No. 24 ranking in the Soccer Times.

HEMPEN'S MILESTONE:  The 2010 season marked Bill Hempen's 10th season as Colorado's head coach. As CU finished 8-9-3 in 2010, his coaching record with the Buffaloes stands at 110-75-26. He also owns a career coaching record of 272-175-42 in his 23 years as a head coach.

HOME SWEET PRENTUP: Through the history of the program, Colorado soccer has continually sported an impressive record on its home turf. Prentup Field has been the home for Colorado soccer since the 2004 season. Including a 6-2-2 home record this season, Colorado's all-time record at Prentup Field stands at 43-12-5, a .758 winning percentage. Before making the move to Prentup Field, the Buffs played their home games at the Pleasant View Soccer Complex from 1996-2004, where they compiled a home record of 49-28-4 bringing their all-time home record to 92-40-10, a .683 winning percentage.

BUFFS HIT NATIONAL AIRWAVES IN 2010: The Buffs traveled to Stillwater, Okla., to take on No. 5 Oklahoma State on Oct. 14 where they lost 3-2. The game was televised live on the Fox Soccer Channel, which marked the first regular season game in Colorado soccer history that the Buffs played on a national stage. The Buffs only other national broadcast was on FSN during the Big 12 Tournament championship game when they fell to Missouri 1-0 in 2008.

For the sixth season in a row, FSN-Rocky Mountain televised at least one of CU's home matches. Colorado's 2-1 victory over Nebraska on Oct. 29 was regionally televised from Prentup Field with Marc Stout and Marcelo Balboa calling the action.

COLORADO SOCCER IN THE PROS: Nikki Marshall was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer draft, and the Washington Freedom's first round pick. Marshall and the Freedom had a 8-9-7 record this season. She started all 24 games and scored three goals in her first season of professional soccer.