The CU soccer team concludes a five game homestand on Saturday at
noon against Oregon State (9-4-1, 1-3-1 Pac-12). The game will be
streamed on Pac-12.com. The first 500 fans will receive a
FREE CU soccer rally towel courtesy of the Boulder Buff Club as part of Fan
Appreciation Day! The Buffaloes are still awaiting victory in the Pac-12,
sitting at a 6-5-3 overall record. All four of CU's conference losses have been
determined by just one goal.
COLORADO VS. OREGON STATE: The Buffs and Beavers have met just once. The Buffs fell 2-0 in Corvallis, Ore. last season. Oregon State was Colorado's first Pac-12 conference opponent.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: This marks the first week Oregon State has neither been ranked nor received votes in the NSCAA poll. The Beavers' highest ranking was No. 23 (August 28 and September 25). OSU lost just once in non-conference play, but hasn't won since its Pac-12 opener against Utah. The Beavers have allowed 12 goals and scored just 3 against Pac-12 leaders Stanford, California and UCLA. Oregon State is led by senior Megan Miller, who has scored four goals and contributed five assists. Junior Jenna Richardson has four goals and an assist of her own. Keepers Audrey Bernier-Larose and Sammy Jo Prudhomme have each played seven games this season. Prudhomme leads the Pac-12 with an average of 7.57 saves per game.
LAST WEEK: The Buffs came up short against Pac-12 leaders California and No. 2 Stanford. CU scored first in both matches, but lost each by just one goal. On Friday, the Bears pushed the Buffs to a 3-2 overtime loss. In the ninth minute, captain Amy Barczuk headed one in off a Quinn Krier corner kick. Fewer than five minutes later, Anne Stuller put the Buffs up 2-0. Cal's Ifeoma Onumonu scored a goal in each half, and the Bears sealed the deal off a fast-break strike in the 92nd minute. On Sunday, the Buffs came close to upsetting the reigning national champions. Emily Paxton scored in the 45th minute off a corner kick by Shaye Marshall. The Cardinal scored both of their goals in the 79th minute, claiming the 2-1 victory.
STELLAR STULLER: Junior Anne Stuller scored her eighth goal of the season on Oct. 5 against California, and with it, continued to move up in the CU record books. She is now 10th on the Buffs' all-time list with 13 goals. Stuller ties Nikki Marshall (2008) for fourth most goals by a junior. With 17 points, Stuller holds down sixth place on the junior list. She also made her way into several spots on CU's single season list. She's tied for eighth in goals, and owns the ninth spot with 58 shots attempted and 29 shots on goal. In this season alone, she has already matched her shots on goal from her first two seasons combined.
QUINNING: Defender Quinn Krier is having an excellent senior campaign. With one goal to her name going into this season, Krier has taken her play to another level in 2012. Krier leads the Buffs with four assists, entering a five-way tie for fourth most assists by a senior. Krier has been a major part of Colorado's backline, helping the Buffs to six shutouts and taking the majority of CU's 61 corner kicks this season. Senior captain Amy Barczuk gives Krier credit for her goal in the Buffs' 3-2 overtime loss to Cal, saying it was a great cross and one of the best balls from Krier she had ever seen or hit.
PAXTON POWERS THROUGH: Freshman Emily Paxton scored her second goal of the season on Sunday against No. 2 Stanford. Paxton is one of three freshmen to score this season and the second to record both two goals and an assist. Paxton scored her first goal of the season against Washington, recovering the ball and sending one into the goal to take the game into overtime. She assisted fellow freshman Nikola Machalek to the final goal of the Buffs' 3-0 season opener against Northern Colorado.
NAIL BITERS: Four of the Buffs' five losses this season have been determined by just a single goal. Every time Colorado has fallen in the Pac-12 this season, they have lost by one goal, with two of those games going into overtime.
TIME AFTER TIME: The Buffs have seen overtime action five times this season, including three of five Pac-12 match-ups. From 2006-10, CU went into overtime at least five times each season. The Buffs are still far from the record set in 2010. That season, the Buffs went into extra minutes nine total times, including once in the postseason.
ALL-STAR ATHLETES: Three
Buffs have received major honors this season.
Sept. 10-16: Annie Brunner, CU Athlete of the Week
vs. Wyoming W 2-0 0 goals allowed 4 saves
vs. Air Force W 2-0 0 goals allowed 4 saves
Brunner has recorded 131 saves all-time, moving past Kara Linder
(2006-09) for sixth most for the Buffs. She notched back-to-back shutouts to
hold down the sixth spot twice with five shutouts in two different seasons
(2010 was her first).
Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Madison Krauser, CU Athlete of the Week
vs. Northwestern T 2-2 3 shots 1 goal 2 points
Krauser's first goal of the season came just minutes after
captain Amy Barczuk scored in the second half. She is the only freshman to have
started every game.
Aug. 20-27: Anne Stuller, Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, CU Athlete of the Week, Soccer America Women's Team of the Week
vs. LIU W 2-0 6 shots 2 goals 4 points
vs. Wright State W 2-1 5 shots 2 goals 4 points
Stuller joined Nikki Marshall (2006) and Katie Griffin (2005) to
become only the third player in CU history to have three multiple goal games in
a single season, with her other two-goal game happening at Northern Colorado.
Aug. 13-19: Annie Brunner, Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week
vs. Northern Colorado W 3-0 0 goals allowed 3 saves
vs. Colorado College T 0-0 0 goals allowed 5 saves
Brunner shut out both teams in the Colorado Cup and also shut out LIU in the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic. It was the first time in CU history the Buffs started their season with three shutouts and the first time since 2008 the team had three shutouts in a row.
Anne Stuller, CU Athlete of the Week
vs. Northern Colorado W 3-0 3 shots 2 goals 4 points
vs. Colorado College T
0-0 2 shots
COMING UP: The Buffs hit the road for the first time since September 21 to begin a four game road trip. CU heads to Los Angeles to take on No. 3 UCLA on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. MT and USC on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. MT.