QUICKLY: The Buffs have a bye Friday before taking on Northwestern on
Sunday in the Wildcats' home opener. Colorado is off to a hot 3-0-1 start, with
three of their four games being shutouts. The
Wildcats beat Kansas and Miami (Ohio) in their first two outings of the
season, and fell to Dayton last Sunday. They meet Marquette on Friday and
Colorado on Sunday at 12 p.m. MDT.
COLORADO VS. NORTHWESTERN: This is the first meeting between
Colorado and Northwestern.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: The Wildcats
return eight starters from last season's 2-16-1 team. Sophomores Niki Sebo and
Georgia Waddle and junior Kate Allen have scored all six of the team's goals
this season. Sebo and Allen scored within 90 seconds of each other in the
Wildcats' 5-2 loss to Dayton.
LAST WEEK: The Buffs won both of their games in
the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic. The 2-0 home opener win
against LIU Brooklyn was their third shutout in as many games. The Buffs are
now 12-4-1 in home openers. The Buffs remained undefeated after beating Wright
State 2-1 on Sunday. Junior Anne Stuller scored all four goals for the Buffs,
doubling her career goal total with six goals this season. She is only the
third player in CU history to have three multiple goal games in a single
season. She earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Soccer News Net
Women's Player of the Week honors for her impressive outing in the Classic.
HONORED: Junior Anne
Stuller was named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and the
Soccer News Net Women's Player of the Week for her outstanding performance in
the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic. She also made the Soccer
America Women's Team of the Week.
LEADING THE PAC: Stuller
scored all four goals for the Buffs during the Classic, and has scored six of
the Buffs' seven goals in the season. She currently leads the Pac-12 with six
goals and 12 points. She already ranks sixth on CU's list of most goals by a
junior, passing Gianna DeSaverio (2007) and Elizabeth Swan (1996), who both had
five. Stuller joins Nikki Marshall (2006) and Katie Griffin (2005) to become
only the third player in CU history to have three multiple goal games in a
DEFENSE: The 2-0 home opener win against LIU
Brooklyn was the Buffs' third shutout in as many games. 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. The Buffs' 2-1 win against
Wright State was the 14th win of Annie Brunner's career, tying her with
Danielle Bassett for fourth in career wins.Brunner started the season off hot,
earning Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for her
impressive outing in the second annual Colorado Cup.
CU KNOWS NO DEFEAT: This season marks the first time the CU soccer and volleyball
teams have remained undefeated through at least three games a piece. The
spikers are off to a 3-0 start after defeating Texas Southern, Louisiana and
Sam Houston State in the Sam Houston State Invitational. The last time the
soccer team started the season with a 3-0-1 record was in 2009, and the last
time the volleyball team started the season with a 3-0 record was in 2008.
FRESH MEAT: Freshmen have already been making an impact
in the 2012 season. Eight of 13 newcomers have seen
minutes, with Jenna Glad, Nikola Machalek, Emily Paxton and Madison Krauser
playing in all four games this season. Krauser is the only freshman to have
started every game. She contributed her first assist in the opener of the Omni
Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic against LIU Brooklyn. Krauser helped
Anne Stuller avoid traffic to score the final goal in the 2-0 win.
Two other freshmen have earned points so far this season. Nikola
Machalek, assisted by Emily Paxton, helped the Buffs beat Northern
Colorado 3-0 in the season opener in the Colorado Cup.
CHI-TOWN'S FINEST: Freshmen Olivia Pappalardo and Carly Manso return to their home
state of Illinois where they played for Chicago's Eclipse Select club team
COACHES POLL: Colorado
was picked to finish 11th in this year's Pac-12 Coaches Poll. Stanford, the reigning NCAA Champion,
received nine out of 11 possible first-place votes. UCLA, Cal, Oregon State and
Washington rounded out the top five. Arizona State and USC
followed, with Utah and Washington State tied for eighth. Oregon and Arizona
were chosen as 10th and 12th.
COMING UP: The Buffs make a trip to Denver
for the DU Invitational. After competing in two tournaments together without
meeting, CU finally takes on DU on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept.
9, the Buffs face the Cincinnati Bearcats for the first time in program