The loss of senior Erin Greening for at least the next few weeks due to an injury will put a little strain on a Colorado soccer defense that so far remains unscored upon in 2018.

Until Greening returns, that strain will be magnified by the permanent absence of senior Alex Vidger.

Following Saturday's impressive 6-0 victory against Missouri, CU head coach Danny Sanchez reported that Vidger has been dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules. Vidger had appeared off the bench in each of CU's first two games, and she entered the season having played in 60 games through her first three seasons with the Buffs.

Over the past two years, Vidger was a staple of the Buffs' defensive lineup, making a total of 34 starts in 2016 and 2017 as CU earned consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. With Vidger a key part of the defensive rotation last season, the Buffs produced two of the longest shutout streaks in program history. A native of Castle Rock, Vidger recorded the only two goals of her career as well as her lone assist during the 2016 season.

With Greening sidelined — she suffered an apparent right knee injury late in last week's draw against Colorado State and will miss at least a few weeks, according to Sanchez — and Vidger no longer in uniform, redshirt freshman Sofia Weiner received her first career start at outside defensive back against Missouri. Weiner is a redshirt freshman and a native of Evergreen who transferred to CU from West Virginia.


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"I thought Sofia Weiner, in her first college start, did very well against a good attacking team," Sanchez said. "It's going to be a little bit by committee. It still will be a bit of a work in progress. We know we have good players. We just have to find the right mix in the back."

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