QUICKLY: The Colorado Buffaloes ended non-conference play with a 6-1-2 record. It marked just the the fifth time in program history that CU had at least six regular-season non-conference wins. The most recent was a 7-1-1 start in 2008. The Buffs begin conference play on Friday, searching for their first win against Oregon.
COLORADO VS. OREGON: The Buffs have fallen twice in as many meetings with the Ducks, both in Boulder. Last season, Storie Ledger assisted Kate Russell to the Buffs' only goal in the 3-1 loss. In 2009, the Buffs fell 2-1. This is the first time the teams will meet at Pape Field in Eugene, Ore.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS: Freshman Kristen Parr leads Oregon with six goals, while five other Ducks have each contributed one goal this season. The 5-1-2 Ducks picked up a pair of wins last weekend agianst regional competitors Seattle and Gonzaga. Oregon and Colorado are both currently on three-game unbeaten streaks. Colorado junior Hayley Hughes (two goals, two assists) and Oregon sophomore Bri Pugh (one assist) both attended Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
LAST WEEK: The Buffs notched a pair of shutouts against Wyoming and Air Force to close out non-conference play. Madison Krauser, assisted by Olivia Pappalardo, and Anne Stuller helped lead the Buffs 2-0 past head coach Danny Sanchez's former Cowgirls on Friday. On Sunday, CU blanked the Falcons, who are off to their best start since 1995 and shut out six of eight previous opponents. In the 60th minute, Quinn Krier hit a corner kick beyond the far post, connecting with Darcy Jerman who headed it into the net for her first goal of the season. At the 80:19 mark, the Buffs offense reached the net again. CU took a close shot, and with the goalie still down, Hayley Hughes broke away to shoot one in, assisted by Stuller.
PAC-12 NETWORKS: Friday's game will be the second Colorado soccer game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Five more games will be broadcast on the Networks, including next weekend's games against Washington and Washington State.
RECORD BREAKERS: Juniors Anne Stuller and Annie Brunner are continuing to move up in the CU record books. Brunner earned CU co-Athlete of the Week honors for her performance last weekend, saving the ball eight times and moving past Kara Linder (2006-09) for sixth most saves with 131 all-time for the Buffs. Notching back-to-back shutouts last weekend gave Brunner five for the year, landing her in a six-way tie for sixth place on CU's season list. She also had five shutouts as a freshman in 2010. With seven goals this season, Stuller ties Melissa Cartmell (1999) for fifth on CU's list of most goals by a junior. She is just five shots and three on goal away from breaking into CU's top 10. She also ranks second in the Pac-12 with seven goals off 36 shots.
WINNING: The Buffs began the 2012 season with an unprecidented five-game unbeaten streak, including three straight shutouts in their opening games, both program firsts. CU has only lost once this season, 4-1 to Denver at the DU Invitational, and is back on a three-game unbeaten streak. The 6-1-2 start marks just the the fifth time in program history that CU won at least six regular-season non-conference games. The most recent was a 7-1-1 start in 2008.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: The Buffs faced four in-state foes this season, finishing 2-1-1. The Buffs shut out Northern Colorado (3-0) and Colorado College (0-0, 2OT) during the Colorado Cup, and suffered their first loss of the season to Denver (4-1) in the DU Invitational. CU ended with another shutout, a 2-0 win against Air Force.
RETURN TO WYOMING: Head coach Danny Sanchez and his assistants Jason Green and Don Trentham returned to Wyoming on Friday, with the Buffs winning 2-0. In the 14th minute, Madison Krauser sent one wide, but just two minutes later broke away off an assist from fellow freshman Olivia Pappalardo to roll one past the keeper. At the 31:52 mark, Anne Stuller banked one in after a deflection by a Wyoming defender to score her seventh goal of the season. Before coming to CU, Sanchez spent four seasons with the Cowgirls, compiling a 36-34-11 record.
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
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: Your CU Soccer team will return to Prentup Field for a pair of Pac-12 match-ups! On Friday, Sept. 28, the Buffs take on Washington at 3:00 p.m. in their first Pac-12 home match of the season. To finish up the weekend they will face Washington State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after Sunday's game for a special autograph session with the team!