Buffs Turn Focus to No. 15 USC
BOULDER – Out of sight out of mind.
That's the mindset for Colorado (8-5-3, 2-4-1) following Thursday's 6-0 loss to No. 1 UCLA. The team has no time to dwell because No. 15 Southern California (9-2-2, 5-1-1) is lying in the wait on Sunday (Noon, Pac-12 Networks).
"We don't have any time to feel sorry for ourselves," head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We have to regroup quickly because USC is every bit as good as UCLA."
The Buffs have to get back to their bread and butter and that means putting the ball in the net. Colorado continues to be among the top offenses in the nation, despite going scoreless in the last two matches. CU sits 11th in the NCAA in total points (114) and 12th in total goals (39).
Individually, Shyra James and Civana Kuhlmann are both atop the Pac-12 leaders in goals. James is stuck on 11 goals this season, having last scored against Oregon State (Oct. 6). Kuhlmann picked up the PK winner against Oregon (Oct. 9), but has been contained in the last three matches.
CU also has to be tighter defensively, especially in the early minutes. Early goals by both Arizona (4th minute) and UCLA (2nd minute) but the Buffs in an early hole to start the last two contests.
"We have to get caught up in playing better and working for each other on and off the ball," Sanchez said after Thursday's match.
The Trojans enter Sunday on a three-game unbeaten streak. USC and Utah battled to a 0-0 draw to start the weekend in Salt Lake City. The Women of Troy haven't conceded a goal since the 48th minute against Arizona State (Oct. 9). Kayla Colbert opened the week as the Pac-12's reigning Offensive Player of the Week, tallying a goal and an assist in USC's 2-0 win over then No. 19 California.
Sunday's game is the team's annual Kick-or-Treat game. There will be a t-shirt giveaway and trick-or-treat stations. Fans are encouraged to come in costume as well.