Buffs Looking to Reset in the Palouse
PULLMAN, Wash. — Head coach Danny Sanchez and the Colorado Buffaloes will be six days removed from the controversy of last Friday's match against Arizona State when they take the field against No. 15 Washington State on Thursday (8 p.m. MT/Pac-12 Networks).
In a single-match week, the Buffs dropped a heartbreaker to the Sun Devils with nothing that was in the team's control. A last-second score from ASU left the Buffs ablaze without the opportunity to even the weekend with a second match.
Now Colorado (6-2-2, 0-1-0) has Washington State (7-1-1, 1-0-0) on its plate after the Cougars went from unranked to No. 15 in the United Soccer Coaches poll this week.
"The great thing about the Pac-12 is you have 11 quality NCAA Tournament teams," Sanchez explained. "There are always opportunities. We know the quality of Washington and Washington State. We feel they are both NCAA Tournament teams this year. We have a great opportunity on the road to hopefully get some results and some needed momentum before we head back to Prentup next week."
The Cougars are coming off a 1-0 win at Oregon State to open the Pac-12 season last Friday. WSU has not yielded a goal in its last three matches, outscoring opponents 9-0. The Buffs have only scored one goal in the last three matches against WSU, including a 4-1 loss the last time CU visited Pullman in 2019.
"They [WSU] are a great team," Sanchez added. "They are on a really good roll right now. They don't give up a lot of goals and are very dangerous on the attack. It's a huge challenge for us but it will be a great atmosphere on Thursday night so we're looking forward to it."
CU will hope to keep its scoring on track, boasting a Pac-12 best 33 goals this season. The team also leads the Pac-12 in total points (95) and total assists (29). Junior Shyra James is second in the conference with 1.00 goals per game and third in total goals with 10. She's already set a career-high in points with 21, also tops in the conference. Civana Kuhlmann is right on her heels in third with 18 points (7 G, 4 A).
The Cougars are led by Margie Detrizio and her 18 points (7 G, 4 A). WSU boasts four shutouts this season and is fifth in the Pac-12 with.889 goals against average.
Colorado will head to Seattle to close the weekend against at Washington on Sunday.