CS360 Primetime Performer of the Week (Sept. 28)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 28)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Nov. 2)
2010 All-Big 12 Newcomer Team
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 13-19)
2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14-20)
2013 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention
SENIOR (2013): In her final season, Brunner solidified herself as one Colorado’s all-time greatest goalkeepers. The co-captain had the best season of her four-year career, all while leading the Buffs to one of their strongest defensive performances. Starting all 23 games (playing 90 or more minutes in all but two matches), Brunner helped the Buffs to nine shutouts, including a record-breaking five to begin the season. Brunner also had career-best figures as a senior with 87 saves, 3.78 saves per game and 14 wins – all of which rank in CU’s single season top nine. Her 1.11 goals-against average ranks 11th. Brunner and 2003 Big 12 Championship team member Jessica Keller are the only Buffs to have at least nine shutouts in a single season and record at least seven in back-to-back seasons. Brunner is also one of just three CU keepers to record at least 14 wins in a single season. Brunner’s hard work also ranks her second all-time at CU in saves, wins, ties and shutouts. Her GAA and minutes played rank fifth, while her games started and played also rank in CU’s top 15 all-time. With 6,957 minutes spent in the net, Brunner played the fifth most minutes of any active keeper in the nation. Brunner earned the second Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week title of her career when she and the Buffs held No. 9 California (who at the time had only fallen once) scoreless for over 89 minutes before the squads tied 1-1 through two overtimes. At season’s end, Brunner was named the team’s Defensive MVP. Shortly after graduating in the winter of 2013, Brunner began the next step in her soccer career as a member of FC Neunkirch of the Switzerland Nationalliga A.
JUNIOR (2012): Brunner started every game, playing 1,816 total minutes and allowing 23 goals. The defense-driven season led her to numerous records. She once again added her name to the CU season lists, ranking third with 7.1 shutouts, tying for sixth with eight wins (her second season doing so) and landing at eighth with 70 saves. She also ranked in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in goals-against average (1.14), saves, saves per game (3.5) and save percentage (.753), including a second-ranked shutout total. Brunner began with a bang, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors on her way to helping the Buffs to a record-setting three shutouts to start the season. She also moved up in the CU career record books, ranking in the top five in shutouts, GAA, saves and wins.
SOPHOMORE (2011): Brunner continued her role as the lead goalkeeper for the Buffs, starting 14 of the team’s 19 games. She had 40 saves, averaging 2.86 per game, which ranked in the top 10 of Pac-12 goalkeepers in 2011. She only allowed 23 goals. She had two shutouts, moving her into sole possession of fourth place on CU’s all-time list. Both shutouts happened in the Colorado Cup against Colorado College (5-0) and Northern Colorado (3-0). Her 0.14 shutouts per game average ranked eighth on the Pac-12 list.
FRESHMAN (2010): She secured her spot as CU’s starting goalkeeper playing all 20 games and starting 19. She recorded 61 saves allowing just 22 goals in 1,804 minutes giving her a 1.10 goals against average which ranks 10th on CU’s single season list. Her 61 saves puts her in 10th on that list as well, and she is tied for sixth with five shutouts and eight wins in her debut season. She earned two player of the week awards (Big 12 Conference and College Soccer 360) after the Buffs beat No. 6 Texas A&M 2-1 in overtime and tied Texas 0-0 in double overtime.
HIGH SCHOOL: She arrived early at CU after graduating from Arvada West High School in December of 2009 and enrolled into CU for the spring 2010 semester. She was a member of her high school’s soccer team for two years at left back and then focused on playing club ball for the Colorado Storm Soccer Club under coach Scott Dedycker. She led the Storm to the state championship in 2007, ‘08, ‘09 and ‘10. She also has significant experience at the Olympic Development level and was a member of the ODP State team for four years (2004-07). She was recognized as an academic lettermen for four years and received the Masonic Award her junior year.
IN THE CLASSROOM: Brunner is majoring in business at Colorado.
PERSONAL: She was born January 31, 1992, to Bill and Maggie Brunner. She has two older brothers, Matt and Will. She chose CU because she fell in love with Boulder and the campus. She is a counselor at the Rock Christian Camp and enjoys most outdoor activities, especially fishing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowboarding and tennis.