Soccer Back at Home
BOULDER — The Colorado soccer team returns home for the first time in Pac-12 play this weekend. The Buffaloes will play host to No. 3 UCLA (Friday) and No. 14 USC (Sunday).
Colorado (4-2-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12) is coming off a successful trip to the Bay Area last weekend. Colorado upset then-No. 10 California, 2-1, to start the week. CU then took No. 23 Stanford down the wire, falling 2-1.
"In the big picture, it was a good weekend for us on the road," head coach Danny Sanchez said after the Stanford match. "We played two very good teams and now we have to build off that."
The Buffs now move into a stretch where six of their next nine matches are at home. Colorado has been very good when playing in Boulder. The Buffs have won 63 games at home and boast a .708 win percentage since Coach Sanchez has been at the helm.
"Like I told the team, six of our last nine are at home," Sanchez added. "We have to take advantage of being at Prentup and altitude. I think it's going to be key for us. Back-to-back weekends of Friday Sunday matches have been tight games. It's a bit of a mental strain, obviously a physical strain so it'll be great to be back home."
UCLA (6-0-0, 3-0-0 Pac-12) will be the first top 5 team to visit Boulder since No. 2 Stanford in 2019. The Bruins hold a 2-10-0 advantage in the series, with CU's last win coming in 2016. UCLA has scored 2.50 goals per game this season, ranking second in the conference and 28th in the NCAA. The duo of Mia Fishel and Jacey Pederson was named the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, helping UCLA to wins over Oregon and Oregon State last weekend.
"UCLA is undefeated, ranked third and is kind of the frontrunner in the league right now," Sanchez previewed. "They are fantastic on the attack and great in the back. They are just a really good team. If we play like we played last weekend, I think we can get something out of this weekend."
USC (3-1-0, 2-1-0 Pac-12) opens the week in Utah on Friday, before making its way to Colorado. The Trojans swept the Oregon school last weekend in Los Angeles.
"This is Pac-12 soccer," Sanchez emphasized. "It's the same every year. It's not like it gets any easier down the road. Every single game [remaining] is a Pac-12 team. You look at some of the results around the league, every game, for the most part, has been a one-goal or overtime game."
This weekend offers up a chance for the Buffs to pick up win No. 100 for Coach Sanchez at CU. Colorado's win at Cal last Friday marked win No. 99 and the team came close to picking up the milestone win against Stanford.
Both matches are set to be played at Prentup Field. The impending snowstorm may force changes to Sunday's match against the Trojans.
Friday's match (noon) will be the inaugural live-event on the Pac-12's new broadband streaming channel, Pac-12 Insider. Pac-12 Insider is available through the Pac-12's partner platforms, Roku, Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, XUMO, Redbox and Vizio.
Sunday's match (1 p.m. MT) will be on the Pac-12 Networks.