Record Offense Looks to Keep Firing
BOULDER— No. 20 Colorado hopes to keep its offensive prowess rolling when Omaha comes to town on Sunday (1 p.m. MT). The Buffaloes have posted a record 21 goals to start the 2022 season.
The 4-0-1 Buffs enter Sunday's match with the No. 4 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 4.20 goals per game. Colorado's 21 goals are just 10 shy of all last season's total and have already outscored three complete seasons.
Junior Shyra James is tied for the nation's leader in goals (7) and points (14). James has scored in all five games for the Buffs and has a nine-match scoring streak dating back to the end of the 2021 season. Stanford transfer Civana Kuhlmann has added an extra spark for the Buffs, contributing four goals and two assists in her first five games as a Buff.
15 different players have helped fuel Colorado's offensive outburst this season, just three shy of the team's 18 different players to have a point in 2021.
CU is coming off a 6-0 win against Texas A&M – Commerce on Thursday, posting the most goals since a 6-0 win over Northern Colorado in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Freshman Emerson Layne and James both recorded braces in the win, while Kuhlmann had a goal and two assists. Super senior Kayleigh Webb also found the back of the net in the win, recording her first goal of the season.
"All of us are friends on and off the field," Webb said about the team's composition. "We want the best for each other, no matter what. It doesn't matter if you're starting or coming off the bench. Everyone wants everyone to succeed. I think that's the biggest thing. Whoever scores, whoever gets us the win—that's what matters. That's been pushing us to score as many goals as we can. We're being unselfish and everyone's getting goals."
Colorado knows it has to take care of business in the non-conference season to prepare for the ultra-competitive Pac-12 season on the horizon.
"We know it's going to get harder," Kuhlmann mentioned. "We're glad to be taking care of these games because we should. It's really good momentum for us going forward."
Omaha (1-2-2) comes into the match, having dropped its weekend opener at Northern Colorado. Sunday will be the first meeting between the Mavericks and the Buffs.
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