Colorado heads to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State for its first game in the new Pac-12 Conference. CU is coming off of a strong week after breaking its four game losing streak with a tie and win against No. 22 Auburn and Cal State Bakersfield, respectively.
COLORADO VS. OREGON STATE: Friday's matchup marks the first meeting between Colorado and Oregon State. This game will mark the 17th time since 1996 that the Buffs have faced a Pac-12 opponent.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State comes into Friday's match with momentum after scoring eight goals (with zero against) last week. The team now holds a 6-2-1 overall record, and currently sit at fourth place in the Pac-12 standings. The Beavers are coming off of two wins against Florida International (7-0) and UC Davis (1-0), and their only losses this season came against ranked opponents No. 5 Florida State (1-0) and No. 23 Portland (2-1, OT).
OSU is led by redshirt junior Chelsea Buckland (4g, 2a) and sophomore Haley Shaw (2g, 4a). Twelve players have contributed points to the team so far, and the team has scored 19 goals on 125 shots. Buckland and sophomore Jenna Richardson have contributed 40 percent of those shots with 25 each.
Oregon State has also used two keepers this season. Senior Colleen Boyd has played in seven games and has a 0.74 goals against average and 21 saves. She has allowed only five goals this season. Sophomore Audrey Bernier-Larose holds a 0.39 goals against average and seven saves after seeing action in three games.
LAST WEEK: Colorado broke its four game losing streak with a 2-2 2OT tie with No. 22 Auburn and a 2-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield last weekend in the Denver Invitational. After losing its fourth straight one-goal game against Denver the previous week, the Buffs came out with a revived spirit and outscored and outshoot their opponents 4-3 and 37-23, respectively.
Upperclassmen Amy Barczuk and Caroline Danneberg each scored an unassisted goal against Auburn. It was especially memorable for Danneberg as it was the senior's first career goal. Twice Colorado held the lead over the Tigers, but AU found a way to come back each time. CU outshot Auburn 5-3 in the two overtime periods, but neither team finished. It was the first tie for each team this season.
Despite dominating much of the game, CU defeated Cal State Bakersfield by a narrow 2-1 margin. The Buffs were again led by Barczuk who again scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick after teammate Shaye Marshall was taken down in the box. Two of Barczuk's three goals this season have come from penalty kicks. Marshall scored her first goal of the game 13 minutes later off of a selfless pass from Kate Russell. Keepers Annie Brunner and Kayla Millar split time, and the two combined for six saves on the weekend.
RUSSELL'S MILESTONE: Kate Russell added one more assist to her resume in CU's 2-1 win over CSU Bakersfield. Her 15 career assists are now third most in school history. She is five shy of tying former player Kathryn Grandinetti for second place (20).
BIG SHOTS: Sophomore Anne Stuller currently sits at No. 4 in the Pac-12 Conference for shots with 27, and is one behind third place. She is third in the conference for shots per game (3.38). Stuller has by far surpassed her freshman season shot total (16) and has scored more points in six games this season (1g, 1a) than she did all of last year (1g, 0a). Stanford's Lindsay Taylor is currently in first place in the Pac-12 with 41 shots.
Colorado is ranked No. 4 in Pac-12 team shots with 136 (17.00 average per game).
BARCZUK LEADS: After her two goals last weekend, Amy Barczuk leads the team in points (7) and goals (3). She has now tied the number of goals scored her freshman and sophomore seasons combined. She became the second soccer player this year to win the CU Athlete of the Week honor after her outstanding play last week.