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DENVER – The University of Colorado soccer team extended its spring winning streak here Saturday, defeating Fort Lewis College and Regis at the Regis University Tournament. Colorado shut out both of the Division II opponents, holding each to just a single shot.

Since head coach Danny Sanchez took the helm in the spring of 2012, the Buffaloes are an outstanding 17-1-1 in spring play. CU opened 2014 in March, grabbing wins over Air Force and Metro State.

The spring schedule is a good opportunity for younger players to get time on the pitch and newcomers to get a feel for the team. Soon-to-be sophomore Kenzie Tillitt was the starting goalkeeper in both games, though the Buff backline was so solid the keeper only needed to grab one save. Transfers Morgan Stanton (Santa Clara) and Kahlia Hogg (Florida State) each made starts for the Buffs, against Fort Lewis and Regis, respectively.

CU began the day with a 1-0 win over Fort Lewis College. The Buffs outshot the Skyhawks 10 to one, including five to zero in the second half. Fort Lewis managed just one shot on goal, while CU had six. Colorado also had the upper-hand in corners, taking eight to FLC’s one.

The game remained scoreless heading into the second half, but Nikki Machalek, assisted by Brooke Rice, hit the game-winner in the 55th minute to help CU to victory. The Skyhawks grabbed five saves in the game, holding CU to its lone goal. This is the Buffs’ second consecutive spring shut out of Fort Lewis, as they took down the Skyhawks 2-0 at last year’s Colorado Mesa University Tournament.

CU concluded the day with another 1-0 victory, defeating host team Regis. Colorado once again dominated the attack, outshooting Regis 10-1, and never allowing Regis a look on goal. CU took two corner kicks to Regis’ one, while the Rangers grabbed five saves.

Darcy Jerman gave the Buffs an early lead in the 13th minute, scoring the goal that would be the decider. Brie Hooks was credited with her second assist of the spring.

The Buffs return to Boulder for their second of three double-headers. On Saturday, April 12, CU will take on New Mexico and Northern Colorado. The Buffs have not faced the UNM Lobos since the 2007 season, when they finished double overtime in a scoreless draw. CU won the teams’ only other meeting, a 1-0 victory in 2003. Colorado has dominated Northern Colorado in the regular season, holding a 7-0 lead and never allowing a goal. In the teams’ meetings in both the spring and fall of 2013, the Buffs won 3-0.