Just a few years ago, Civana Kuhlmann and Jordan DiBiasi sat together in the stands at Prentup Field, watching the Colorado Buffaloes to see what women's soccer in the Pac-12 Conference was all about.
Kuhlmann enjoyed an even better view of the action on Sunday, as she posted the first two-goal game of her career while leading No. 2-ranked Stanford to a 3-0 victory.
"I really just tried to treat it like any other game, but there's always something good about playing at home," Kuhlmann said. "Jordan and I are both from here and I always looked up to her playing at club, so being able to play here with her...one day we were both watching, and now we're on the team together.
"Jordan and I talked about it this morning before we left for the game that a few years ago we were here watching the game together. I wasn't even committed to Stanford yet. Now we're here playing on the same field together."
A veteran of youth-level U.S. national teams, Kuhlmann was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2017 freshman class by Top Drawer Soccer. Sunday's effort wasn't the first time the Buffs have been victimized by one of Stanford's Colorado natives, as DiBiasi scored the first goal of the match last year at Stanford in the Cardinal's 2-0 win against CU. DiBiasi also recorded an assist on Stanford's second goal Sunday.
With midfielder Sarah Kinzner out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game due to a knee injury, CU head coach Danny Sanchez opted to start senior Courtney Fedor at outside back. Junior Erin Greening, normally an outside back, played predominantly as a defensive midfielder.
"We were looking to neutralize their wing play, and I thought we did a pretty good job of it," Sanchez said. "I thought that Courtney and Erin both did a good job. It's something we'll maybe look at in the future but I thought we did OK."
Kinzner missed the previous two matches in their entirety after getting injured late in the Buffs win at Washington State on Sept. 28. She came off the bench at the end of each half Sunday, logging 11 minutes overall as a possible harbinger of a full return to action Friday at No. 6 USC.
"That was kind of the plan to get her some confidence and to get her some minutes," Sanchez said. "Now she has a full other week to get ready for USC. She's ready to go, it's kind of a pain-tolerance thing. So this will be an important week for her. We're hoping she comes back because she's an important piece of what we do."
Sunday's attendance of 1,617 was the largest of the season at Prentup...The Buffs fell to 0-9 all-time against Stanford...CU managed just four shots, the second-lowest total of the season, while matching a season-low with one shot on goal. The Buffs had just three shots and one shot on goal against No. 1 UCLA on Sept. 22.