QUICKLY: The CU soccer team heads to Los Angeles to take on
No. 3 UCLA and USC to begin a four game road trip. The Buffs are searching for
their first conference win of the season, with a 6-6-3 overall, 0-5-1 Pac-12
record. CU faces the undefeated Bruins on Friday at 8 p.m. MT and USC on Sunday
at 2 p.m. MT.
COLORADO VS. UCLA: UCLA holds a 3-1 advantage over CU, including a matchup in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Buffs' only win was 1-0 double overtime victory in 2010 at Prentup Field.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: At 12-0-2 (5-0-1 Pac-12), the Bruins are the only undefeated team in the conference. UCLA has scored 33 goals and allowed just five, racking up a total of nine shutouts. Eleven Bruins have netted goals, led by the Pac-12's top scorer, Zakiya Bywaters, who has 11 goals and three assists. The Bruins lead the Pac-12 with 37 assists, five of which were contributed by Jenna Richmond.
COLORADO VS. USC: The Buffs and Trojans have met just once. The Buffs fell 1-0 last season at Prentup Field. This will be CU's first trip to McAlister Field.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS: USC has not won since its 1-0 overtime victory over Washington in its Pac-12 opener, giving them a record of 4-7-3 overall, 1-3-2 Pac-12. Five of the Trojans' six conference battles have been sent into overtime. USC has a deep bench, with 12 goal scorers, led by Samantha Johnson who has netted four goals and contributed two assists. The Trojans play a physical game with a combined 17 yellow and red cards.
LAST WEEK: The Buffs fell 2-0 to the Oregon State Beavers last Saturday to conclude a five-game homestand. Rainy conditions led to a defensive battle, with the Buffs only allowing eight shots and two on goal. Goalkeeper Annie Brunner picked up one save, and senior captain Amy Barczuk led CU with three shots. OSU's Megan Miller and Jenna Richardson netted goals in each half, claiming the win.
ROAD TRIP: The Buffs hit the road for the first time since September 21 to begin a four game road trip. CU has lost just once on the road this season, holding a 2-1-3 record away from Prentup Field (not including a 2-1 neutral site win over Cincinnati in Denver), and a 1-0-2 record outside of the Centennial State. There are six California natives on the Buffs' squad, led by freshman starter Madison Krauser, who has scored two goals and contributed one assist this season.
CU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: CU seniors have faced 14 ranked opponents going into this weekend's games. They have won four, all against top 15 teams. Earlier this season, Emily Paxton scored in the 45th minute off an assist from Shaye Marshall to take a 1-0 lead over No. 2 Stanford, but the Buffs would eventually fall 2-1 to the reigning NCAA champions. 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.
TIME AFTER TIME: CU and USC have seen overtime action a combined total of 11 times this season. The Buffs have gone into extra time in five games, including three of six 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.
AY, AY CAPTAIN: Senior captain Amy Barczuk led the Buffs with three shots in CU's 2-0 loss to Oregon State. With three more starts and four more games played, Barczuk will break into the top 10 on CU's career list. She has currently started 71 of 73 games played. Barczuk also holds the 11th spot with 117 career shots on goal.
STELLAR STULLER: Junior Anne Stuller continues to move up in the CU record books. With 60 shots in 2012, Stuller moves past Fran Munnelly (2005) for eighth in single season shots. Stuller is tied with Munnelly for ninth on the single season list with 29 shots on goal, a mark that matches her SOG total from her first two seasons combined. Stuller is also in a six-way tie for eighth in single season goals. She scored her eighth goal of the season on October 5 against California, moving her into 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.
NAIL BITERS: Four of the Buffs' six losses this season have been determined by just a single goal. All but one of Colorado's Pac-12 losses this season have been one goal defeats, with two of those games going into overtime.
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 conclude their four game road trip in Arizona before returning to Prentup for their final game of the regular season. CU takes on Arizona on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Colorado ends the trip against Arizona State on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.