Buffs Cruise, Sanchez Picks Up Historic Win
BOULDER—Colorado head coach Danny Sanchez became the Buffaloes' all-time winningest coach with his team's 3-0 win over Valparaiso on Friday.
Sanchez, in his 11th season, moved past legendary CU head coach Bill Hempen, earning his 115th career win in the Black and Gold.
"I want to give a lot of credit to my predecessor, Bill Hempen," Sanchez said in gratitude. "I think he put CU soccer on the map. Not only regionally, but nationally with not only a Big 12 championship but with the players that he brought into the program. When Jason [Green] and I took over in 2012 and Dave joined us in 2015 our goal was to develop CU into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. I think we've done that. We're excited about the future. As far as the win record, it's a byproduct of being her 11 years I think."
Sanchez got the full Gatorade bath treatment from the No. 25 Buffs after the final whistle.
"We're really excited for Danny," fifth-year defender Hannah Sharts exclaimed. "We had an idea we were going to shower him. We were pretty confident that we're going to be able to get the win and give him the celebration he deserves."
Sophomore Jenny Beyer opened her collegiate account, getting the scoring for the Buffs started. Junior Shyra James scored her fourth of the season, extending her scoring streak to seven straight matches. Civana Kuhlmann closed the door with her third of the season.
Goalkeepers Dani Hansen and Bella Grust combined for the team's second shutout of the season, turning away all three of the Beacon's shots on goal.
"We've wanted to get shutouts every single game this season," Sharts commented. "I know last season we kind of struggled with that so it's been a goal for us this year. We're definitely on the right track."
How it happened
Beyer, getting her first start since returning from playing with Germany in the U20 World Cup, scored the game's 7th minute. She served up a free kick that bounced cleanly through traffic and into the back of the net for her first career score.
James struck four minutes later to give the Buffs the two-goal advantage in the 11th minute. The goal started with another feed from Beyer, from almost the same spot she scored from. This time Valpo keeper, Nikki Coryell tried punching it out but it landed right on the foot of Jayden Newkirk. Newkirk directed the ball toward the net but hit James on the way. James turned and lunged, putting the ball inside the near post.
CU's first two goals became the eighth and ninth set-piece goals for the Buffs this season.
"We have been practicing the set pieces a lot and we've been really successful," Beyer noted. "I was just trying to play the ball to the second post and hoping for someone to head it. Jayden [Newkirk] was close but missed or left it for me and it went in."
Kuhlmann added to the lead in the 63rd minute. Freshman Emerson Layne played the ball perfectly to the top of the 18-yard line and Kuhlmann met it in stride, firing the shot to the lower left corner of the net.
James and Kuhlmann have now combined for seven of CU's first 13 goals this season.
"I thought they were both very good today," Sanchez added. "We were able to limit their minutes a little bit as we prepare for Monday. I thought Kayleigh Webb had her best game of the season this year. Even though she wasn't on the scoresheet, her movement, her activity and her decision-making with the ball were fantastic. We're going to need all three of them as we go forward."
Colorado will head to Provo, Utah, for its first road test of the season on Monday (3 p.m. MT/BYUtv). The No. 9 Cougars, who were the national runner-up a year ago, picked up a 2-0 win over No. 20 Ohio State on Friday.
Colorado is now 3-0 for the fifth time under Coach Sanchez…CU's 13 goals in three games are the most since scoring 13 in three games in 2018 (6 vs Missouri, 4 vs UTSA, 3 vs Iowa State)…James moved into solo eighth on CU's all-time goal scorer list with 18…She now has 39 career points (18 G, 3 A), two shy of matching Danica Evans' 41 (2015-16) for 10th on CU's top points list…Colorado has nine set-piece goals this season, just one shy of all last season…The Buffs have had 13 different players record a point this season (18 last season).