BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's soccer team knows no defeat in its young 2012 season. The Buffs defeated Wright State 2-1 on Sunday in the final game of the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic.
Once again, Anne Stuller led the Buffs offensively, scoring both of CU's goals in the win. She already has six goals this season, ranking her sixth on CU's list of most goals by a junior. She passed 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.
Stuller rushed up to the net off an assist from Quinn Krier to get her first goal in the 27th minute. She helped put the game away with 10 minutes remaining, following up a saved shot taken by Shaye Marshall.
"They've all come different ways," Stuller said. "Most of it is my teammates making something happen, that second goal was all Shaye. I've just been fortunate."
Wright State got its only goal of the game in the 86th minute when Lauren Patterson headed the ball off a free kick by Sarah Gross.
The Buffs improve to 3-0-1. With the 14th win of her career, CU goalkeeper Annie Brunner ties Kara Linder (2007) and Sloane Cox (1998) for the 10th spot on the Buffs' list of most shutouts in a season and ties Danielle Bassett for fourth for most career wins.
The Raiders move to 2-1-1 on the season after tying Denver in the first game of the Classic and losing to the Buffs on Sunday.
The Buffs dominated the first half, outshooting the Raiders seven to three. With 32 minutes remaining, the CU offense began to take over. Freshman Olivia Pappalardo dribbled down the field to find junior Hayley Hughes. Hughes' shot got blocked by WSU's defense, but a corner kick by freshman Madison Krauser made it towards the net where a header by captain Amy Barczuk was saved.
Krier proved to be a great playmaker for the Buffs. She set up two shots that just missed the net because of intensified WSU defense, but assisted Stuller to the team's first goal just minutes later.
In the 27th minute, from 30 yards back, Stuller slammed in her fifth goal of the season.
Before the break, the Raiders began to recover from their five first half fouls. Junior Emily Reddington rushed to the net with less than five minutes remaining, but Brunner came up big for her first save of the Classic, taking the Buffs into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Wright State entered the second half ready to score, though it wouldn't come until the end of the game. The Raiders took four shots, three of which were on goal. They also had four corner shots, while the Buffs had zero.
It took time for the Buffs to get back into rhythm, but in the final fifteen minutes, Marshall started to spur the offense. With just 10 minutes remaining in the game, Marshall kicked a long shot that WSU goalie Brooke McCurdy hopped on, but couldn't keep hold of, leading to Stuller scoring her second goal of the game.
The Buffs had a 2-0 lead, but the Raiders weren't content to go scoreless, with Patterson capitalizing on a free kick from Gross.
"The thought is at 2-0 you tend to relax a little bit and I think that's what happened to us," head coach Danny Sanchez said. "Wright State struck a good free kick and a great header from them and then the last five minutes become a little more frantic."
The Raiders kept things close in the final minutes, but the Buffs were able to walk away with their third win of the season.
"Our confidence is pretty high right now," Marshall said. "We're 3-0-1. Two wins at home is awesome, and we're ready to take on Northwestern."
The Buffs have next Friday off before heading to Illinois to take on the Wildcats on Sunday, Sept. 2 at noon (MST).
Denver won Sunday's first game, defeating LIU Brooklyn 2-0. The Pioneers improve to 2-1-1 on the season.
The first half remained scoreless, but Denver hit its stride in the second half. In the 50th minute, freshman Kristen Hamilton intercepted the ball and earned the goal unassisted. At the 74:19 mark, while LIU goalie Jennifer Bannon was still down from a save, DU junior Taylor Ivins capitalized, putting the Pioneers up 2-0.
Alexandra Bock from LIU and Sara Riazi from DU both had yellowcards in the game.