QUICKLY: The Buffs face stiff conference competition in the middle of a five-game homestand. CU searches for its first win in the Pac-12 this season as the Buffs take on California (whom they beat last season to earn their first Pac-12 win) and No. 2 Stanford. The weekend opens against the Golden Bears, who received votes in this week's NSCAA poll, on Friday at 4 p.m. The Buffs take on the reigning national champions on Sunday at 1 p.m. following a run by Ralphie!
This weekend's games will be streamed online at http://pac-12.com/live/cubuffs.aspx. The live stream is free and a high speed internet connection is highly recommended.
COLORADO VS. CALIFORNIA: CU has split its two meetings with Cal. The Buffs fell 2-0 in 1996, the first year of the Division I program. Last season, the Buffs blanked the No. 15 Golden Bears 1-0 to earn their first Pac-12 win. Hayley Hughes hit the winning goal in the 62nd minute, and Kayla Millar recorded her first shutout as a Buff.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: The Buffs face an offensive battle against Cal (8-3, 1-1 Pac-12). The Bears rank third in the conference with an of average 2.42 goals per game and lead the Pac-12 with 81 corners. Four Bears have scored four goals each this season, led by Betsy Hassett with 12 points. Cal has been shutout just once this season.
COLORADO VS. STANFORD: The Buffs are winless in three meetings against the Cardinal. CU has scored one goal against Stanford, falling 4-1 in their most recent match-up. Kate Russell got the Buffs on the board against the 2011 NCAA Champions.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL: Stanford is on an incredibly hot streak. They are currently on a seven game winning streak, in addition to winning 34 consecutive conference matches. The Cardinal is undefeated through 140 matches when they score a goal. Stanford lost Pac-12 Player of the Year Lindsay Taylor, but has worked the bench with 12 goal scorers this season (seven have scored multiple goals).
LAST WEEK: The Buffs fell 2-1 in overtime to Washington on Friday. CU went into the break down 0-1, but came back in the final 10 minutes of regulation to tie the game. Emily Paxton rebounded the ball after a shot by senior captain Amy Barczuk. Paxton scored her first goal as a Buff in the 82nd minute while the Pac-12's leader in saves, Kari Davidson, was still recovering, sending the game to overtime. Just 32 seconds into the extra time, Washington put the game away. On Sunday, the Buffs were blanked 1-0 by Washington State. The Cougars got to work with less than 20 minutes remaining when Jocelyn Jeffers headed in her fourth goal of the season off a corner from Brandi Vega. Opposing keepers tallied 10 saves against the Buffs, while CU's Annie Brunner had six on the weekend.
PAXTON POWERS THROUGH: Freshman Emily Paxton scored her first goal of the season on Friday against Washington. Paxton is one of three freshmen to score this season and just the second to record both a goal and an assist. Paxton assisted fellow freshman Nikola Machalek to the final goal of the Buffs' 3-0 season opener against Northern Colorado.
BUFF BRIGADE: CU fans help give the Buffs a real home field advantage at Prentup. Colorado ranks third in the Pac-12 in attendance, averaging 1,043 fans per game.
SHUTOUTS: Goalkeeper Annie Brunner and the CU defense lead the Pac-12 with six shutouts this season. Brunner is in a four-way tie for third on CU's single season shutouts list, and with 13 shutouts in her career, holds down the third spot for most all-time by a Buff. Colorado faces stiff competition against California, who has won seven of its last eight and has only been shuout once.
STELLAR STULLER: Stuller had eight shots and one on goal against Washington, earning her second eight shot game of the season (the first was against Cincinnati). She moved past Amy Barczuk for 10th on CU's career list with 117 shots attempted and took over 10th with 53 shots on goal. She is just one shot on goal away from tying Heather Zonker (1998-2001) for ninth place. Stuller took 65 shots in her first two seasons at CU, and has already taken 52 this season. With seven goals in 2012, Stuller ties Melissa Cartmell (1999) for fifth on CU's list of most goals by a junior.
CU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: CU seniors have faced 13 ranked opponents going into this weekend's games. They have won four, all against top 15 teams. Last season, the Buffs tied No. 22 Auburn after two scoreless overtimes. They also beat No. 15 California to earn their first win in the Pac-12 and become the first CU team to win a game in the new conference.
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: Come support your CU Soccer team on Saturday, Oct. 13 as they take on Oregon State at noon. The first 500 fans will receive a FREE CU Soccer rally towel courtesy of the Boulder Buff Club as part of Fan Appreciation Day! Remember admission and parking are FREE!