BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of Colorado women's soccer team set a pair of record in its 3-0 win at California on Thursday.
The No. 15 Buffaloes (13-0-3, 5-0-2 Pac-12) extended their unbeaten streak to a program record 16 games. Colorado's three goals on the afternoon gave the team 46 on the season, setting the single-season record.
Each side had just one shot in the game's first 10 minutes. Senior Jorian Baucom was the spark the CU offense needed in the first half. She created early goal-scoring opportunities, sending two chances just high and wide to build momentum.
With the offense buzzing around the net, it was the Buffs that struck first in the 22nd minute. Baucom received the ball off a Colorado throw-in, deep in the Cal zone. She turned and centered the ball to junior Taylor Kornieck at the top of the six-yard box. She ripped a shot past Cal's Olivia Sekany with a blistering right-foot, for her first of the day.
"We made some good adjustments as the game progressed in the first half," CU coach Danny Sanchez said. "We got a great goal from Taylor. Whenever you are on the road you want to play on the front foot and play with the lead."
Colorado continued to play the ball in the offensive zone, leading in shots 7-3 at the half.
CU's eighth shot of the afternoon resulted in a 2-0 lead right out of the halftime break. Tatum Barton set up Kornieck at the top of the box. Kornieck fired to the far post, beating Sekany for her second goal of the game in the 47th minute.
Kornieck had a look at the hat trick in the 71st minute, but could not get the shot off cleanly. The Buffs had back-to-back chances from Emily Groark and Stephanie Zuniga in the 78th minute.
It was the duo of Kornieck and Baucom that combined for the Buffs' third goal of the day in the 84th minute. Kornieck connected with Baucom just off a penalty spot. Baucom chested the ball and made a turn to her right, finding the back of the net.
"It was a really good play from Taylor to find Jorian in the box," Sanchez said. "We got everybody some good minutes. Any win on the road in the Pac-12 is a very good win."
Cal (5-8-2, 1-5-1) put six shots towards the net in the second half. Jalen Tompkins stood firm, making three saves on the day, completing her 17th career solo shutout. The win was also the 37th of her career, tying Jessica Keller for the most by a Buffalo.
Colorado heads off for its final road game of the regular season on Sunday at No. 1 Stanford.
"Obviously, we are excited to play Stanford," Sanchez said. "Stanford is the class of the league and the class team in the country. I think our mindset going into it is that we need to play with confidence. Like I told the team, at the end of the day we have two more big games at home next week. It is not like it is the last game of the season."