Taylor Kornieck was slightly teary-eyed after the Colorado women's soccer team suffered a scoreless draw Saturday against Cal State-Northridge.
It was the Buffaloes' second scoreless tie of the season, and Kornieck's frustration was echoed by the remainder of a squad that believed its early-season offensive woes had been overcome with a six-goal explosion the previous weekend.
Kornieck turned that frustration into performance Monday, tallying a goal and an assist in support of Tatum Barton's two-goal effort in the Buffs' 3-0 win against Brigham Young.
"I feel like we just worked hard in our practice between games, and we definitely found each other more," Kornieck said. "Getting the first goal gave us a lot of confidence. I definitely think me and (Barton) are connecting a lot more. Those two goals really helped her."
CU head coach Danny Sanchez expected a different sort of game after his offense struggled against the packed-in defensive approach utilized by Cal State-Northridge during Saturday's tie.
"We knew the game would be more open and we'd have more room to operate," Sanchez said. "So as frustrating as Saturday was, we knew today, although we'd deal with a lot more pressure defensively, we'd have more opportunities and more room to operate because BYU presses so much and they play so high on the field."
Kornieck's goal was her third of the season and the 14th of her career. She needs one more to match Shawn Kenyon for 10th-place on CU's career goals-scored list.
No doubt, the CU defenders are proud of the record-setting performance they have put together to start the 2017 season.
Monday's win marked the first time CU has ever posted six consecutive shutouts, and the Buffs also set a program record by extending their scoreless streak to 607 minutes, 58 seconds. But the dominant streak hasn't been a hot topic of conversation among the Buffs' defenders.
"We're not really concerned about the record," senior defender Joss Orejel said. "We want to have a shutout every single game. So that's our goal. It's nice, but it's not a good thing to think about because you don't want to get comfortable. We just want to go on from here."
The Buffs will leave the state for the first time this season with a road trip to play Texas (Friday, 6 p.m. MDT) and Texas-San Antonio (Sunday, 6 p.m. MDT) next weekend. CU's only road game so far was the season-opener at Colorado State...Monday's victory was CU's first against BYU during the regular season. The Buffs' previous two wins against the Cougars occurred in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2014...At 4-0-2, CU is unbeaten through six games for the first time since a 6-0-0 start in 2013...With two goals and an assist against BYU, Barton posted the 10th five-point game in program history.