In two of five games so far this season, the Colorado women's soccer team has been unable to score a goal.
Both those contests included an extra 20 minutes of overtime play, and the early-season ledger also includes a double-overtime win in which the Buffaloes were held scoreless for just over 101 minutes.
Outside of a six-goal eruption last week against UC-Riverside, goals have been difficult to come by for CU. Excluding that lopsided win against UC-Riverside, CU has scored just two goals in four games — a span that includes an additional 51 minutes, 13 seconds of overtime play.
Some simmering frustration rose to the surface for the Buffs and head coach Danny Sanchez following Saturday's scoreless draw against Cal State-Northridge. Yet Sanchez also has been able to see the bright side in that his club has yet to lose a contest, taking a 3-0-2 mark into Monday's battle against Brigham Young.
"I remember a game last year at Michigan State where we dominated even more than this (against Cal State-Northridge Saturday) and we lost the game," Sanchez said. "We gave up a couple cheap goals and we lost the game. You have to keep things in perspective. We didn't give up a goal. We defended well. We should have gotten more out of the game than we did. We just have to regroup and get ready for BYU on Monday."
Brigham Young still is getting attention in the national coaches' poll — the Cougars unofficially are ranked 30th as the fifth team among others receiving votes — yet BYU will bring a winless 0-2-2 mark to Boulder for Monday's Labor Day battle. The Cougars have not shied from top competition, dropping a 1-0 decision at home Friday to top-ranked UCLA.
"If you can't get up for Monday, you don't have a pulse," Sanchez said. "I expect we'll be up and we'll play with a little more fire in our belly."
Baucom to redshirt
It's too early to speculate about the Buffs' 2018 rotation. But even with a recruiting class still to be signed, CU has plenty of reinforcements waiting in the wings of an already talented roster.
Freshman forward Libby Geraghty earned a starting spot for the season opener but suffered a season-ending injury. She will return next season with four years of eligibility still remaining. And Stephanie Zuniga, who shared the team lead in assists in 2016, is taking a redshirt following a knee injury she suffered in the spring.
Jorian Baucom also can be added to that list.
Following three highly-successful seasons at LSU, Baucom transferred to CU this past spring but still has been recovering from a knee injury she suffered last season. She will redshirt this year and join the Buffs for just one season in 2018.
Baucom collected 33 goals and seven assists in three seasons at LSU, leaving the program in a tie for the third-most goals scored in LSU history. She was a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2015 after ranking second in the league with 15 goals, which also is tied for the third-best single-season mark in LSU history.
This is the first time CU has played two scoreless draws since 2012...Buffs goalie Jalen Tompkins posted the eighth solo shutout of her career Saturday.