In Sunday's 1-0 loss to Washington State, the sophomore from Cheyenne Mountain High School made her sixth consecutive start in the midfield for the Buffs.
"She's done a good job," Buffs head coach Danny Sanchez said. "She's comfortable on the ball, she's challenging in the air. She's a good a player; we expected her to do that."
Jerman made nine starts in 16 appearances a year ago as a freshman, but missed the first four games this season with a stress fracture in her leg.
After a couple of games of easing back into playing condition, Jerman has regained the starting job she had during fall camp for the Buffs (6-3-3).
"It was really hard," she said of missing the first part of the season. "I had a stress fracture and that's never fun, but you've just got to take time with that. Now it's great."
Jerman plays in the defensive midfield, where her job is to protect CU's four defenders and to try to work the ball ahead for the offense to create scoring chances. Jerman is also good at winning balls in the air, as she proved on Sept. 16 with a goal against Air Force. She headed the ball into the net off a corner kick.
"Practicing at that position (at defensive midfield) and playing in that position, it's coming together really nicely," she said.
Wins on the way?
At 0-2-1 in Pac-12 Conference play, the Buffs' soccer team is off to a disappointing start. They are pleased with the effort they've given to this point, though, and they've only been outscored by two goals, 3-1.
"We're going to win some games in this Pac-12 Conference," Jerman said. "We just need to keep playing like we are and score some goals."
Scoring goals in Pac-12 play has been an issue for the Buffs since they joined the conference in 2011, however. During the past two seasons, the Buffs have 30 goals in 17 nonconference games, but just nine goals in 14 Pac-12 games. They've been held to one goal or less in 13 of their 14 Pac-12 games. They have been shut out in seven of those 14 games.
Nation's elite coming
For those who like soccer and volleyball, Sunday ought to be a fun day.
In addition to watching the home Buffs, fans will get a chance to see the defending NCAA women's soccer champion, Stanford, at 1 p.m. As soon as that game is over, head over to the Coors Events Center and catch the CU volleyball team taking on Washington, which is tied for No. 2 in the country in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. The volleyball match starts at 3 p.m.
Soccer and volleyball have a doubleheader Friday, too. The soccer team will host California at 4 p.m., and the volleyball team will host Washington State at 6:30 p.m.
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