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Buffs Face Falcons, Gaels In Second Weekend

Aug 29, 2013

QUICKLY: The University of Colorado soccer team looks to continue its hot start to the season against Air Force and St. Mary’s. The Buffs open the weekend against their third straight in-state opponent, taking on the Falcons at 5 p.m. on Friday. They conclude a three-game home-stand at 1 p.m. on Sunday against the Gaels. In the opening weekend, CU recorded back-to-back shutouts against Northern Colorado and Colorado College in the third annual Colorado Cup.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: For those members of the media wishing to interview the women’s soccer team during the season, please contact Graduate Assistant Sports Information Director/Soccer Contact Marlee Horn at (303) 492-7525 or marlee.horn@colorado.edu.

COLORADO VS. AIR FORCE: The Buffs hold a 4-1 lead over the Falcons. CU’s lone loss was a 1-0 defeat in the Buffs’ first season (1996). After an eight season series hiatus, the in-state opponents resumed play last season, with the Buffs winning 2-0. Three of the Buffs’ four wins over AFA have been shutouts.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS: The Falcons are off to a 1-0-1 start, tying Montana 1-1 and falling 2-1 to TCU at the Montana Kickoff Invitational. Air Force returns six starters from last year’s squad that scored 12 goals and went 5-9-3 (0-7 Mountain West). The Falcons lost Stephanie Patterson, who scored five goals in her final season, but welcome 12 newcomers. AFA’s two goals this season have come off of just three shots by freshman Noelle Heiser and junior Kylie Williamson.

COLORADO VS. ST. MARY'S: The Buffs and Gaels have met just once, in 2009. The 8-1 CU victory was a record breaker. Nikki Marshall scored four goals (tying her own record for most goals scored in a single game) and Kelly Butler scored two. The eight total goals are the most the Buffs have scored in a single game and the 19 total points ranks second. The 28 shots ties for fifth on the single game list. CU also scored off an own goal for only the second time in program history.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: The Gaels enter the weekend with a 1-1 record after defeating Grand Canyon 3-0 and falling to No. 11 San Diego State 1-0. SMC returns eight starters from last year’s squad, including All-West Coast Conference honorable mentions Melinda Madden and Vicki Shimkus (last year’s leading scorer) and Canada Word Cup U-19 member Caroline Beauline.  The Gaels posted a 6-12-2 (1-7 WCC) record in 2012.

PEDAL TO PRENTUP: Make a healthy and environmentally friendly trip to Prentup Field on Friday, Aug. 30 to watch CU take on Air Force at 5 p.m. The first 200 fans who bike to Prentup will receive a free CU T-shirt. Admission is free, though fans can make a $5 donation to the Buff Club to show their support for the team, so grab your family and friends for a bike ride to Prentup Field.

FAMILIAR FACES: Santa Clara transfer Brooke Rice will face former West Coast Conference opponent Saint Mary’s on Sunday. Rice played in 26 games in two seasons at Santa Clara.

LAST WEEK: The Buffs opened the 2013 season with the third annual Colorado Cup. In the opening game against Northern Colorado, the Buffs shut out the Bears 3-0 for the third straight year. In seven meetings between the two teams, the Buffs have never lost, much less given up a goal. It took just over 33 minutes into the game for freshman Brie Hooks to score her first goal as a Buff, and then just another 45 to score again, this time off an assist from Darcy Jerman. The Buffs’ other goal came off an own goal, marking just the fifth own goal in program history. On Sunday, Hooks once again led the Buffs to victory, scoring off an Anne Stuller assist, to defeat Colorado College 1-0.

TIEBREAKER: Colorado and Denver both concluded the Colorado Cup with two wins and an equal goal differential. Though Denver allowed one goal and Colorado allowed zero, Denver took home the title by scoring one more goal than the Buffs. Despite losing the trophy, the Buffs have two titles under their belts and have remained undefeated through six games in three Cups.

HOOKS, LINE AND SINKER: In her first two games as a Buff, freshman Brie Hooks has already scored three goals. Against UNC, Hooks became the first player in program history to have a multi-goal performance in her Colorado debut. Other Buffs to reach similar milestones are Katie Griffin, who scored two goals in her second game at CU in 2003 and Nikki Marshall, who netted four in just her third game in 2006. Hooks followed up her fabulous introduction by hitting the lone goal and game-winner against CC. Her impressive opening weekend helped her to CU’s first Athlete of the Week honors of 2013.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: A record crowd showed their support for the Buffs in the home opener on Sunday. 1,364 fans were in attendance for the final games of the Colorado Cup, breaking into the 10th spot on CU’s all-time crowds at Prentup Field. This is the second Colorado Cup game to rank in the top 10. CU’s battle against Northern Colorado on August 21, 2011 in the inaugural Cup drew 1,911 fans, ranking fourth all time at Prentup.

DANNY SANCHEZ: Second year head coach Danny Sanchez continues to make his mark on the Buffs. Sunday’s 1-0 win over CC marked Sanchez’s 10th win with the program. It took Sanchez just 20 games to win 10 games with the Buffs. Last season, it took him just eight games to record five wins. Both are the fastest achievements in CU coaching history.

OWNED: An own goal helped the Buffs to their third straight 3-0 shutout of Northern Colorado. The goal was the third own goal in as many games that CU has played at CIBER Field. Of the five own goals in CU’s program history, four have happened at CIBER Field. Last season, CU had two own goals in the Denver Invitational. The own goal was the only point in CU’s 4-1 defeat to Denver and helped CU to a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati just two days later. Previously, CU scored off own goals in an 8-1 victory against St. Mary’s College on CIBER Field in 2009 and in a 2-1 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the Wake Forest/adidas Soccer Classic.   

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Seven new Buffs have already seen game time, including junior transfer Brooke Rice and true freshman Australian international Alex Huynh. Huynh has played a newbie-high 142 minutes. All field freshmen saw minutes in the season opener against UNC. Brie Hooks leads all freshmen, and the team, with three of the Buffs’ goals in the young season.

BUFFS AND GAELS: The CU soccer team isn’t the only Buffalo squad taking on Saint Mary’s this weekend. The CU volleyball team opens its season with back-to-back match-ups against the Gaels. The Buffs open the season on Friday, and conclude opening weekend on Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR: The Buffs are in familiar territory to begin the 2013 season. Last year, the Buffs opened the season with a record-setting three straight shutouts, behind two two-goal games by Anne Stuller. This season, the Buffs have already notched two shutouts and Brie Hooks scored two goals in her Colorado debut. 

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NEXT WEEK: The Buffs leave Prentup for the final time of the non-conference season for the DU Invitational at CIBER Field. CU takes on Alabama in the opening match at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and concludes the weekend against UT-Martin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. In last year’s Invitational, CU split the weekend 1-1, falling for the first time of the season to Denver and scoring off two own goals. Amy Barczuk and Hayley Hughes were both named to the All-Tournament team. 

BUFFS IN THE LEAGUE: Three former Buffs competed in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League. Amy Barczuk (2009-12) was selected by the Western New York Flash in the second round (the 14th overall pick) of the inaugural NWSL draft. After playing for multiple teams in multiple leagues, Nikki Marshall (2006-09) signed as a free agent with Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural season. Michelle Wenino (2005-08) returned to the Chicago Red Stars as a third round selection in the supplemental draft.

NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP: The inaugural NWSL Championship game will be a battle between two Buffaloes. Amy Barczuk and the Western New York Flash and Nikki Marshall and Portland Thorns FC will meet Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. MT in the title game. The game will air on FOX Sports 2 Barczuck made her third start as the regular season champion Flash defeated Sky Blue FC 2-0. The Thorns made a comeback from an early 2-0 deficit to take down No. 2 seed FC Kansas City. Marshall contributed the assist that helped tie the game in the 65th minute. The teams’ two previous meetings ended in draws. If the Flash win, it will be their fourth straight championship, including a WPSL Elite Championship title with Marshall in 2012.

PRO SOCCER: Kate Russell (2008-11), who got her professional start earlier this year as a reserve player with the Boston Breakers, recently signed overseas with LUV Graz in the Austrian Women’s Bundesliga. The team is currently 1-1 after falling 6-1 to USC Landhaus and defeating DFC Leoben 3-0.