It was a difficult, emotional week for Taylor Kornieck.
The standout sophomore midfielder is the only native of Nevada on the Colorado soccer roster, and like countless others Kornieck was affected by the horrible mass shooting Sunday night on the Las Vegas strip that killed almost 60 and wounded hundreds of others.
Following Thursday's 1-0 loss against No. 20 Cal, Kornieck said someone she knew was killed in the horrible incident. Though visibly upset, Kornieck was quick to clarify by describing the person as "an acquaintance."
Nevertheless, Kornieck's hometown of Henderson is roughly 15 minutes southeast of the Strip, making Sunday night a painfully long one for the Nevada native
"It was pretty hard," Kornieck said. "I just had to make sure all my family was okay."
Starting midfielder Sarah Kinzner missed her second consecutive match on Thursday due to an injury she suffered last week at Washington State. CU head coach Danny Sanchez expressed guarded optimism Kinzner might be able to return for Sunday's home match against No. 2 Stanford.
"We're hoping," Sanchez said. "She's recovering. Obviously we need all hands on deck on Sunday. We're hoping, but obviously with any player that's injured we're going to be cautious with her. There's a lot of soccer to be played in this conference. (Cal) was just our fourth conference game, so we still have seven conference games left. We'll be smart about it. Hopefully we can have her. If not, other players have to step up."
The Buffs had won their past two games against Cal before Thursday...Following last Sunday's scoreless draw at Washington, CU has now been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since the middle of the 2015 season...Ralphie will make a rare appearance at Prentup Field Sunday with a pregame run before the Buffs take on No. 2 Stanford.