CU Prepared for NCAA Tournament Rematch
BOULDER – The state of Colorado is known for its 300 days of sunshine, but this coming Saturday looked like it was going to be one of the rare off days.
The Colorado soccer team, coming off a 1-0 OT win over Denver last Saturday, was all set to have another Saturday showdown this week against in-state foe Northern Colorado.
The weather forecast had other ideas.
Now, instead of a full week of preparation, the Buffs will take on the Bears on Thursday, moving the game ahead two days to avoid any weather-related issues.
"Obviously, there was a weather issue," head coach Danny Sanchez noted. "Everyone knows that Colorado can get those 20-30-degree temperature swings. With Greeley being about an hour away, UNC was very accommodating to move the match. The weather looks really good for Thursday and we are excited to battle with the Bears again."
The Buffaloes had to wait 448 days to get their first win of the new season. Colorado's last win of 2019 came in a 6-0 decision against Northern Colorado on Nov. 16. CU went 2-0 last season against UNC, outscoring the Bears 10-0.
"We have a lot of respect for Tim [Barrera] and his program," Sanchez added. "They are in the NCAA Tournament almost every other year. They are pretty much the favorite this year in the Big Sky. They played DU in a scrimmage, but we will be their first game before they get into conference play. They have a lot of good returning players lead by [Lindsi] Jennings in the back. Maddie Barkow was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Sky. They are really solid on defense and in goal."
CU owns a 10-0-0 record against the Bears. The Buffs have yet to yield a goal to UNC in the series history that dates back to 1996.
"I think you can throw whatever happened last year out the window," Sanchez continued. "It might as well have not happened. I think Tim and the UNC players look at these games with they've got nothing to lose. We have to bring the same energy and focus that we brought in the NCAA Tournament. We are still chomping at the bit. This is only our second game in 15 months. I expect a really good game against two good teams that are going to come out and play good soccer."
Thursday's game is set for a noon kickoff at Prentup Field.
The public is still prohibited. Only ticketed player guests will be allowed in attendance at this time. The match will be streamed online at CUBuffs.com/WatchSoc.