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CU Soccer Concludes Regular Season At Utah

Nov 6, 2013

QUICKLY: The University of Colorado soccer team heads to Salt Lake City to face Utah in the regular season finale. With a tie and a loss last weekend, the Buffs (12-5-2 overall, 4-4-2 Pac-12 Conference) look to bounce back during rivalry week. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. The game will air on the Pac-12 Networks.

COLORADO VS. UTAH: CU and Utah have a storied history dating back to 1998. The Buffs hold a 6-2-1 lead over the Utes, though Utah holds a 2-0 lead at Ute Field. After falling 1-0 in their first meeting, the Buffs won six straight, including a 3-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004. Since both teams joined the Pac-12 in 2011, the Utes have claimed a 2-1 victory and the squads have forced a double overtime tie. While all of the Buffs’ goal scorers against Utah the past two seasons have graduated, in 2012, sophomore Madison Krauser assisted Shaye Marshall at 1:44 to give the Buffs’ one of their earliest leads in program history. Utah would find an equalizer in the 35th minute. At that point, Annie Brunner would come out of the game with an injury, but reserve keeper Kayla Millar would grab four saves in 76 minutes to help keep the 1-1 tie intact. 

SCOUTING THE UTES: The Utes hold a 9-4-6 overall, 5-3-2 Pac-12 Conference record, including an unbeaten 6-0-4 mark at Ute Field. Since joining the Pac-12, Utah is an impressive 20-4-4 at home. The Utes have claimed ties against then-No. 11 California (0-0) and No. 2 UCLA (1-1). Most recently, the Utes claimed 1-0 wins over USC and Arizona (in double overtime) and fell 2-1 in double overtime against Arizona State. Utah has netted at least three goals in four games, including a 4-3 2OT win over Washington State. Junior Katie Taylor and redshirt senior Allie Wisner lead the Utes with five goals apiece. Five more Utes have each netted at least two goals apiece. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Luke has earned two Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. Luke has allowed just nine goals for a 0.54 goals-against average (second best in the conference and 19th in the nation) and has a conference-best (and second best in the nation) .900 save percentage. The Ute’s shutout percentage (0.536) also ranks 30th in the nation.

LIVE ACTION: Watch the Buffs take on the Utes on the Pac-12 Networks. Jim Watson and Kyndra de St. Aubin will provide play-by-play and color commentary. Catch This Week in Colorado Soccer at http://ow.ly/qygKe.

HEATED BATTLE IN TEMPE: Arizona State outshot CU 24-13, but free kicks and penalty kicks helped keep the Buffs’ in the game. ASU was called for 15 fouls to CU’s seven (including five yellow cards to CU’s one). The game also saw ASU’s student section and a member of the Sun Devil medical staff get kicked out of the game. That aggressive mentality forced a 2-2 double overtime draw. The Buffs grabbed the lead in the 18th minute when Madison Krauser struck one past ASU keeper Chandler Morris. That lead would hold until the final minute of the first half, when the Devils evened the score. ASU struck again in the 53rd minute, but the Buffs would find their equalizer at 70:04 when Darcy Jerman scored off a penalty kick. The Devils outshot the Buffs six to three in overtime play, but the Buffs defense held strong to earn the tie.

WILDCATS OUTLAST THE BUFFS: Last season the Buffs beat Arizona 3-0 in Tucson, Ariz. to record their first ever back-to-back Pac-12 road wins. This season, the Buffs were unable to get their repeat, and the Wildcats got their revenge with a 3-0 victory of their own at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. Arizona outshot CU 24-12, but the Buffs did a good job of staying on target, with 10 of their shots on goal. Anne Stuller led the Buffs with four shots, all on goal. Annie Brunner grabbed a season-high nine saves, but allowed three goals in a game for the third time this season. The game remained scoreless at halftime, but Arizona picked up the pace in the second half, netting all three of its goals in the final 26 minutes. In four of their five losses this season, the Buffs have allowed at least two second half goals, with the one exception being CU’s 1-0 loss to No. 2 UCLA.   

HUGHES’ SUCCESS ON AND OFF THE PITCH: Co-captain Hayley Hughes recently received her fifth academic honor, earning Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Second Team honors for the 2013-14 season. Hughes, who majors in finance in the CU Leeds School of Business, with a minor in economics and a certificate in quantitative finance, holds a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average. Hughes was one of 13 Pac-12 Conference women’s soccer players selected for First or Second Team honors. In her final season, Hughes has been an important part of the Buffs’ defense, starting all 19 games and helping the Buffs to eight shutouts, including five to open the season. Hughes has also lit a spark for the offense, netting the game-winner in the Buffs’ 1-0 victory over Oregon to help the squad to its first ever back-to-back Pac-12 home wins. In four seasons, Hughes has played in all but one of the Buffs’ games, helping her rank in CU’s all-time top 10 in minutes and games started and the top 13 in games played. 

SHOOT 'EM UP ANNE: Senior Anne Stuller has set a CU single season record with 47 shots on goal in 2013. With 36 shots on goal last season, she is the only Buff to rank in the top six of that category twice. Her 81 shots this year ranks third at CU and is just three off the record set by Katie Griffin (the 2003 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year) in 2005 and Nikki Marshall (who holds 20 program records) in 2006. Stuller also ranks in the top three on the season list with 23 points and seven assists. Her eight goals tie her total from last season, ranking in the top eight in a single season at CU. In her final year, she has recorded just six fewer points than she did her first three seasons combined. She holds the top spot for points, assists and shots by a senior at CU, and is tied for second in goals by a senior. Stuller also ranks in the top five in the career record books in points, goals, game-winning goals, shots and shots on goal. She ties for seventh most career assists (with seven of her 10 assists coming in her final season).

BRUNNER FARMING FOR WINS: In the net, co-captain Annie Brunner has been key to the Buffs’ success this season, helping the squad break numerous records. With 12 wins in 2013, Brunner has become just one of three CU keepers to record that many victories in a single season, and the first to do so since 2008. With 31 total victories in her career, she ties as the second-most winningest keeper in the program. Brunner and 2003 Big 12 Championship team member Jessica Keller are the only two CU keepers to have three seasons with at least eight wins each year and back-to-back seasons with at least seven shutouts. Brunner’s 242 saves rank third all-time at CU, her 22.1 shutouts rank second and her 1.19 goals-against average rounds out the top five of that category. Her 0.98 GAA in 2013 ranks seventh on CU’s single season list. With over 6,500 minutes played, Brunner ranks eighth all-time at CU and 13th among active goalkeepers in the nation.   

TRIPLE H: Three freshmen have set themselves apart from the pack this season. Brie Hooks, Alyssa Herwatt and Alex Huynh each have netted a goal, contributed an assist or both. These three players all combined the help the Buffs to a 2-1 win over USC. Hooks first netted a goal off a Huynh assist, then assisted Herwatt to her first collegiate goal. Huynh’s three assists this season ties for ninth best by a CU freshman. 

HOOKS IN THE BOOKS: In her first season with the Buffs, Brie Hooks has already made a name for herself. In the freshman offensive record books, she ranks third with eight goals and fourth with 18 points. With 35 shots, she is just two shots away from breaking into the top 10 on the freshman list for that category. Her eight goals also ties for eighth most in a single season at CU (she and Stuller have each netted eight goals this season, marking just the third year that two Buffs have scored at least eight goals apiece). Hooks is one of four players this season to record at least three points in a single game (she and Stuller have each had a multiple goal performance and a game with at least one goal and assist).

MAD ABOUT MADI: Madison Krauser has been a consistent contributor for the Buffs in her sophomore season. With a freshman-best two goals and two assists last year, Krauser has followed up that performance with four goals and five assists in 2013. She ranks third on the team in both points and shots. Last week, Krauser was an integral part of the Buffs’ 2-2 tie against Arizona State, getting the Buffs on the board in the 18th minute. Beyond the double overtime tie, Krauser’s three other goals have helped the Buffs to three victories. Her three goals in conference play ties for fifth best in the Pac-12. On the sophomore offensive list, Krauser ties for fourth most assists and eighth most goals.

GOTTA (PENALTY) KICK IT UP: The Buffs are 2 of 4 in penalty kicks this season, with Darcy Jerman leading the way with a perfect 2 of 2 mark in PKs. Jerman’s first PK of the season came in her first ever multiple goal performance, when she netted two goals to help the Buffs’ to a 4-1 win over UNLV. Her second PK helped the Buffs stay in the game against Arizona State, as she netted the equalizer in the Buffs’ 2-2 double overtime tie. Anne Stuller has also taken two penalty kicks this season. Against UT Martin, Stuller grabbed a rebound off her own PK to help tie things up in the 24th minute. Stuller would net two more goals in that game to record her first ever hat trick and help the Buffs to a 4-1 victory in the DU Invitational (her seven points against UT Martin is a single game record in the Pac-12 this season).  

NSCAA: The Buffs have received votes in nine of the 10 most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire Women’s Polls. Despite a tie and loss over the weekend, CU remains in the top three of vote-getters outside of the top 25. The Buffs are tied with Utah and Arizona State for fourth in the Pacific Region poll. In the national poll, UCLA remains at No. 2, while Stanford slips three spot to No. 10. Washington State jumped into the rankings at No. 24 after taking down California and Stanford. Cal, Arizona and Utah each also received votes in the latest poll.

QUALITY WINS: CU continues to shine in the NCAA RPI rankings, coming in at No. 28. Three Pac-12 teams rank in the top 20, while four more round out the top 64.

FIRST: This season marked a year of firsts for CU. After breaking program records earlier this season by shutting out their first five opponents and winning their first six games, the Buffs continued the trend by winning eight non-conference games for the first time in school history. The Buffs also earned their first Pac-12 home wins with victories over Oregon State and Oregon (CU’s first wins over both teams). The Buffs’ overtime victory at Washington was their first over the Huskies. CU’s win over USC marked the first time the Buffs have gotten two wins over a single Pac-12 Conference opponent (the Buffs beat the Trojans 1-0 in double overtime in Los Angeles last season).

ON THE ROAD: With a Centennial State-heavy schedule, the Buffs have played six true road games this season, with all but one being a conference match-up, and hold a 1-3-2 record in away games. The Buffs are concluding their regular season with three consecutive road games.     

TOURNEY DREAMS: The Buffs hope to be one of 64 teams to make it to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will air on NCAA.com at 2:30 p.m. MT. on Monday, Nov. 11. The Buffs hold a 4-6-1 record in NCAA Tournament games. Colorado made six consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 2003-08, with their best performance a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2006. In their most recent appearance (2008), the Buffs fell in the first round to SDSU.