Becca Rasmussen transferred into the Colorado soccer team last winter mostly to spend her senior season in her home state.

She has reveled in that opportunity, as Rasmussen's assist in Thursday's 3-0 win against Arizona State was her team-leading sixth of the season. Yet the native of Golden also has been given a chance to play more creatively in the Buffaloes' attack, a factor she credits for an assist total that already is two more than she recorded in three seasons as a regular at Georgia.

"I'm actually playing the same position, but I think here I have a little more room to be creative," Rasmussen said. "At Georgia, a lot of the time what they wanted from me was a lot of the time strictly to get to the end line and cross it back. That kind of became my play.

"I think now I just have the freedom to go in, I have the freedom to go out, I can dribble down the field, I can dribble wide. I feel like it gives me more room to work with and more options."

Kinzner comeback

Junior midfielder Sarah Kinzner started for the first time since suffering a knee injury Sept. 28 at Washington State. Kinzner missed the next two games entirely and played sparingly in the previous two matches before resuming her regular starting role in Thursday's win against Arizona State.

"She's a three-year starter in the midfield and she's very composed on the ball," CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. "It was great to get her back in. Not 100 percent but probably close. We got her about 50 minutes today, so she'll be rarin' to go on Sunday (against Arizona)."



With two goals, Australian recruit Marty Puketapu increased her team-leading total to seven. That mark ties Fran Munnelly's total in 2002 for the fifth-most by a CU freshman...Senior Hannah Scheid returned to the rotation, playing 10 minutes off the bench after missing the previous six games due to a knee injury...Thursday's win was CU's 10th defensive shutout of the season, matching the fourth-best total in team history (also 10 shutouts in 2003 and 2007)...Junior Erin Greening recorded her first career assist and her first point of any kind since scoring two goals as a freshman midfielder in 2015. Greening mostly has played defense the past two seasons.

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