Prior to Sunday's 4-1 win against Iowa at Prentup Field, University of Colorado soccer senior striker Emily Bruder was having a hard time getting her offensive game going.
But after netting Colorado's (5-3) first two goals in the opening 21 minutes of play, the tide seemed to turn in her favor for the first time this season.
Before sizing up with the Hawkeyes (6-2), Bruder had yet to score a goal after eight shots. She only had one assist to her name in CU's first seven games of the season.
"It felt, actually, great," Bruder said. "Getting two goals into the season, it was good balls played by my teammates, and what's nice about it is everyone's being successful."
Senior midfielder Kahlia Hogg and freshman forward Camilla Shymka fed off of Bruder's fire as they each added their first goals of the season at the 40-minute, 48-second and 65:31 marks, respectively.
With the victory, the Buffs extended their winning streak to a season-high three games after losing three straight.
Talk about a quick turnaround.
"I think, obviously, Iowa coming in 6-1, that's a good team. I thought we played well, especially in the first half. We really kept the tempo up, and getting that third goal from Kahlia was a key, I thought, to begin the second half," CU coach Danny Sanchez said. "This is a very good win against a very good Iowa program."
Throughout much of the first half, Colorado dominated possession and its defense stifled Iowa's efforts to get the ball rolling on offense. The Buffs only allowed three shots — none on goal — letting redshirt freshman keeper Jalen Tompkins to take it easy.
They led 3-0 at the half.
"They took care of business—our fours did, our midfielders did. We were connecting well," Tompkins said. "I think I rely on my defense and they rely on me a little bit, but they do more of the work than I do. I just try to make the saves when I need to but they do all the work."
After halftime, sophomore keeper Scout Watson took over for the Buffs and Iowa briefly found its offensive footing. Just 10:42 into the second half, Hawkeyes freshman forward Olivia Fiegel scored and got her team on the board, 3-1.
Not much happened in Iowa's favor after that as CU went on to win.
The Buffs look to extend their winning streak to four contests as they return home on Sept. 17 to take on in-state rival Denver at noon at Prentup Field in their final game of the Colorado Cup. If the Buffs win, they'll clinch the Cup that is contested between CU, Denver, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Air Force and Colorado College.
Colorado 4, Iowa 1
At Prentup Field
Iowa (6-2) 0 1 - 1
Colorado (5-3) 3 1 - 4
Goals (assists) - CU: Bruder (Orejel), 3rd minute; CU: Bruder (Kinzner), 20th minute; CU: Hogg
(unassisted), 40th minute; Iowa: Fiegel (Toelle), 55th minute; CU: Shymka (Zuniga), 65th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) - Iowa: Graves (45-3- 2), Rigby (45-1- 1); CU: Tompkins (45-0- 0), Watson (45-1- 4).