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Soccer Closes Out Regular-Season at Colorado

Apr 14, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – Winners of their last two, the Utah soccer team looks to close out the regular-season with a nice streak as it takes on #RV Colorado this Friday, April 16, at 3 p.m. (MT) on Pac-12 Networks with Thad Anderson on the call in the second meeting between the Utes and Buffs.
Utah did a great job of sending its seniors off on a high note last weekend in its final two matches at home. The Utes started the weekend off with a bang, taking down No. 17 Arizona State 1-0 on a redirect header from freshman Kaylee Coatney off the foot of Courtney Talbot. Two days later, the offense really broke open for Utah against Arizona scoring back-to-back goals within a minute of one another.
The victories gave Utah just its second sweep of the Arizona schools in a single-season since joining the Pac-12. The last time and only time the Utes swept the Arizona schools came during their first year in the league (2011). Utah first defeated Arizona State 2-1 (Sept. 30) before beating Arizona 3-1 at the old Ute Field.

Colorado went 1-0-1 last weekend to keep the Arizona schools winless on the Mountain road swing and enters this week's match-up 8-5-2 overall and 4-4-2 in Pac-12 play. As a team, the Buffs are 18th nationally in saves percentage, checking in at .888 while keeper Dani Hansen is fifth in total saves (87), seventh in shutouts (7), 14th in saves per game (6.21) and 16th in saves percentage (.888).
Offensively, Shyra James leads the Buffs with five goals for 11 points while Hannah Sharts is second with four goals for nine points. The only other multi-goal scorer for CU is Shanade Hopcroft with two. Lawson Willis owns six of Colorado's 15 assists this season while Kayleigh Webb is the only other player with more than one assist (2).
The last time the Utes and Buffs squared off in SLC in March for a non-conference match-up, Colorado got the best of Utah 1-0. CU went ahead early on in the 6' of the match and from there, the Utes continued to attach the Colorado defense but just couldn't find the back of the net to knot things up despite outshooting CU 21-14 to go with a 7-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Utah offense was clicking in the first half, scoring back-to-back goals with less than a minute between the two. In the early half of the 26', Taliana Kaufusi connected with Kaylee Coatney on the breakaway – who then found Courtney Talbot for the score. Immediately out of the reset, Kennedy Carter intercepted a pass by Arizona and advanced to Brooklyn James – who then beat her defender to find a racing Kaufusi for the easy 1v1 goal vs. the UA goalie and put Utah ahead 2-1.
The Wildcats came out firing in the second-half and cut Utah's lead in half in the 50'. From there, the Wildcat offense kept attacking the Utah back line to the tune of nine shots but SJ Edwards there to make the necessary saves and preserve the 2-1 victory for her fellow seniors on Sunday.