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No. 20 Buffs Back at Prentup

Aug 31, 2022

BOULDER— The No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes return to Prentup Field ranked inside the United Soccer Coaches' Top 20 for the first time since 2019. The Buffs will open the weekend with Texas A&M University-Commerce on Thursday (4 p.m. MT).

Colorado heads to the weekend boasting one of the top offenses in the NCAA through its first four matches. CU has amounted 15 goals this season to lead the Pac-12 (7th NCAA) and has already had 13 different players account for the team's 42 total points (9th NCAA).

"It's been a good start to the season," head coach Danny Sanchez commented. "I think we have plenty of depth and options throughout this group. We didn't have a ton of chances against BYU, but we converted two goals which is promising. We know once we get into Pac-12 play we're not going to get the opportunities that maybe we've had in non-conference play. We want to continue to build that cohesion in the attack over the next five games."

The team faced its first bit of adversity to start the week at then No. 9 BYU. Colorado trailed twice in the second half but was able to get goals from Jenny Beyer and Shyra James to earn a 2-2 draw against the 2021 national runner-up.

"To go down twice against a top-10 team and to respond like we did says a lot about the character of this group," Sanchez noted after the draw. "I thought we stuck to the game plan and even when we went down a goal—and we made some tactical adjustments in the middle of the second half and responded."

The Buffs are one of three Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 25 this week, joining UCLA (3) and Stanford (13). CU's position at No. 20 is the highest since hitting No. 17 Oct. 1, 2019. That 2019 team started 6-0 but didn't get ranked until the fourth week of the season. The 2022 Buffs have now been ranked twice in the first three polls of the season.

"[Our results] have shown that we have good depth," Sanchez continued. "We have good competition at all our spots. That will only lead to the coaching staff having more options on gameday."

Thursday is Ted Lasso Day at Prentup Field. Fans through the gates can enjoy a biscuit and pick up a mustache and visor (while supplies last). Fans can also bring new backpacks, blankets, stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons and chapstick to donate to Porch Light a Family Justice Center. Items will be accepted at both matches this weekend.

Kids 12 and are free.