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Buffs Face Denver In Final Match Of Colorado Cup

Sep 11, 2014

BOULDER – The University of Colorado women’s soccer team hosts the Denver Pioneers at Prentup Field on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in its final match of the Colorado Cup.

Colorado is 9-8-1 in 18 matches against the in-state rival Pioneers. The Buffs and Pioneers squared off two times last season. DU took the first match 3-0 and the Buffaloes won the second meeting, earning their first victory over the Pioneers since 2010 with a 1-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Championship.

Prentup Passes are on sale now for the 2014 soccer season. General admission and parking are still free at Prentup Field for all CU soccer games, though fans in attendance can make a voluntary donation which will go to help support the team when they travel to Spain in March to train and compete against professional teams.

Fans looking to further support the team while receiving great benefits can purchase a Prentup Pass, Prentup Pass Gold or Prentup Pass Platinum at CUBuffs.com/prentuppass.

MATCH NOTES
QUICKLY: The Colorado soccer team (4-2) continues its homestand when it faces the Denver Pioneers at Prentup Field in its final match of the Colorado Cup on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Last week the Buffs went 1-1, dropping a tough match 2-1 against former Big 12 foe Kansas in double overtime. CU bounced back with a nice victory on Sunday, shutting out the Detroit Titans 3-0.

DON’T MISS A MINUTE: Live stats and a live stream of Friday’s match will be available for free at CUBuffs.com.

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

COLORADO VS. DENVER: The Buffs are 9-8-1 in 18 matches against the Pioneers dating back to their first meeting in 1997. The in-state rivals met twice last season. DU took the first match 3-0 and the Buffaloes won the second meeting, earning their first victory over the Pioneers since 2010 with a 1-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Championship. CU is 6-3 at home against the Pioneers.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS: Denver is 2-3-1 this season and holds a 1-2-1 road record. DU added 10 new players to its roster for the 2014-15 campaign, including nine freshmen. Midfielder Jocelyn Loomis and forward Taylor Ivins are the two leading scorers for the Pioneers, recording five of the team’s seven goals this year. Head coach Jeff Hooker is in his 23rd season leading the squad and is only the third coach in the program’s history. The Pioneers are currently in third place in the Summit League and were picked to finish first in the Summit League Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

LAST WEEK: On Friday the Buffs fell in a tough match at home, 2-1 in double overtime against the Kansas Jayhawks. Sophomore Brie Hooks helped Colorado force overtime when she tied the game at 1-1 with only nine minutes left in regulation. The Buffs fought hard in the extra frames, but KU’s leading scorer notched the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute of the match. Colorado found its way back to the win column on Sunday, defeating Detroit 3-0 in a solid performance at Prentup Field. Senior Carly Bolyard scored her team-leading third goal of the season to give CU the early lead. Senior Brooke Rice and junior Emily Paxton added two more goals for the Buffaloes to help secure the victory.

PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: The Buffs were predicted to finish fifth in the Pac-12 Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. UCLA, last year’s NCAA Champion, was picked to finish first. Stanford was second, followed by Cal, USC, CU, Washington State and Utah. Arizona State and Washington tied for eighth, Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State rounded out the list.

PAC-12 NETWORKS: In its third year, the Pac-12 Networks will air 69 women’s soccer games, including nine of the Buffs’ matchups. Women’s soccer is the marquee event on the Networks’ telecast schedule Friday and Sunday afternoons during the fall with additional primetime matchups on Monday and Thursday.

COLORADO CUP: The Colorado Cup is an annual tournament that brings together all six Division I Colorado universities and colleges to celebrate the game of soccer in this beautiful state. Beginning in the 2011 season, the founding teams were Colorado, Northern Colorado, Denver and Colorado College. CU won the first two trophies, defeating UNC 3-0 both seasons and routing CC 5-0 in 2011 and tying the Tigers 0-0 in 2012. In both tournaments, CU won on goal differential. Although CU shutout UNC 3-0 and CC 1-0 in 2013, DU claimed the trophy. Both teams won two games, and had an equal goal differential (five goals forced and one allowed for Denver, four goals scored and zero allowed for Colorado), goals scored worked as the tiebreaker, giving the Pioneers their first Cup trophy. There will be several changes to this year’s Cup format. Air Force and Colorado State will join the tournament that will now span several months as opposed to a single weekend. For more information including composite schedules, please visit http://www.denverpioneers.com/sports/w-soccer/ColoradoCup.html.

NEXT WEEK: The Buffs conclude non-conference play against two fairly fresh faces in the Omni Classic. On Friday, Sept. 19, CU will face another new opponent: Bryant. Colorado will take on San Francisco for the first time since 2008 (and just the fourth time overall) on Sunday, Sept. 21.

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER:
 Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with head coach Danny Sanchez and the CU soccer team as they take on the Denver Pioneers. To celebrate the final match of the Colorado Cup, the first 700 fans to Prentup Field will receive a FREE CU soccer T-shirt. 

PRENTUP PASS: Prentup Passes are on sale now for the 2014 soccer season. General admission and parking are still free at Prentup Field for all CU soccer games, though fans in attendance can make a voluntary donation which will go to help support the team when they travel to Spain in March to train and compete against professional teams. Fans looking to further support the team while receiving great benefits can purchase a Prentup Pass, Prentup Pass Gold or Prentup Pass Platinum at CUBuffs.com/prentuppass.