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.
STULLER 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.
STULLER 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 single season.
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 together.
PAC-12 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 history.