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Colorado Closes Out Trip at Washington

Oct 1, 2022

SEATTLE — Head coach Danny Sanchez and the Colorado Buffaloes are still in search of the team's first win inside of the Pac-12 and are hoping that Seattle is where they get it.

Colorado has not caught a break in the first two conference matches. The Buffs lost on a controversial goal in the final seconds against Arizona State and then did not get a call on contact with the goalkeeper on Washington State's equalizer on Thursday.

"You can't get wrapped up in those emotions," Civana Kuhlmann explained. "That's when you give up silly fouls or you get a card and unnecessary plays that don't need to happen."

The Buffs have proven that they don't need to rely on luck early in the season. Colorado has scored in all 11 matches this season and outscored its non-conference opponents 31-8. CU carried a 6-1-2 record in the Pac-12 season, but the Pac-12 is a tougher gauntlet.

The team's high-power offense has yet to fully kick into gear in conference play. CU has shown glimpses over the last two matches, scoring two goals in less than two minutes against Arizona State and then scoring in the 11th minute at Washington State.

Juliauna Hayward and Kuhlmann account for all three CU goals early on in the conference season. Kuhlmann's two goals are tied for third in conference play, while she's fourth in the league with eight goals this season. Shyra James continues to lead the Pac-12 with 10 goals this season but hasn't found the back of the net in her last two matches.

"We still have to create more on the road against a tough environment," Sanchez said after the draw against WSU. "We need to get results. We need to bolster our profile. Washington provides that opportunity with the quality season they are having."

Washington boasts a 7-1-2 record and is 1-1 in Pac-12 play. The Huskies gutted out a 3-2 win against Utah on Thursday after letting a 2-0 lead slip against the Utes. Shae Holmes scored in the 87th minute to carry UW to its first conference win. Former Buff Kayla Ferry is one of three players with a team-leading four goals for the Huskies.  

CU has had success on the road at UW. The team is 2-2-2 all-time in Seattle, including a momentum-building 1-0 win over the Huskies in 2019. Hannah Sharts and Shanade Hopcroft scored CU's two goals last season in Boulder, securing a 2-1 win over UW.

Sunday's match will be streamed online at CUBuffs.com/WatchSoc.