Lizzy Herzl hasn't scored many goals in her career at Colorado, but when she has, it has led to good things for the Buffaloes' soccer team.
On Friday afternoon, Herzl netted just the third goal of her career, helping CU to a 3-0 win over host Arizona at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Herzl had not scored since doing so in back-to-back games Sept. 19 and 24 of 2010, when she was a freshman. Both of those goals were game winners, as was Friday's tally.
Storie Ledger and Bianca Jones also scored for CU (8-7-3, 2-6-1 Pac-12), which has won two in a row after an 0-6-1 start to conference play.
Herzl, a defender, got the Buffs on the board in the 19th minute. After a corner kick by Shaye Marshall, Herzl headed the ball into the net.
Ledger, a sophomore reserve, scored her first career goal just seconds before halftime. With teammate Heather Ward screening Arizona goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman, Ledger buried the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
CU's defense held strong throughout the second half, and then the offense came through once again in the 79th minute. Fairview High graduate Nikki Machalek gave a nice crossing pass to defender Bianca Jones, who lofted it into the upper right corner for another goal.
It was just the second three-goal game of the season for CU, and its first in 20 Pac-12 games since joining the conference in 2011.
Goalkeepers Annie Brunner and Kayla Millar combined to shut out the Wildcats (5-10-3, 1-6-2), stopping all five of their shots on net.
Brunner matched her career high with her eighth win of the season. With three saves, she now has 61 on the year, tying her career high from 2010. ... The shutout was Brunner's eighth of the season and 15th of her career. ... CU had not scored three goals in a conference game, or defeated a conference foe by more than one goal, since a 3-1 win against Iowa State on Oct. 10, 2010. ... This was CU's largest margin of victory in a conference game since Oct. 2, 2009, a 5-1 win against Oklahoma. ... The Buffs have nine Pac-12 goals (and just 12 against). A year ago, they were outscored 29-7 in conference play. ... CU finishes its four-game road trip Sunday at Arizona State.
Colorado 3, Arizona 0
At Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium Tucson, Ariz.
Colorado (8-7-3, 2-6-1) 2 1 -- 3
Arizona (5-10-3, 1-6-2) 0 0 -- 0
Goals (assists) -- CU: Lizzy Herzl (Shaye Marshall), 18:05; CU: Storie Ledger (Hayley Hughes), 44:44; CU: Bianca Jones (Nikki Machalek), 78:30.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- CU: Annie Brunner (80-0-3), Kayla Millar (10-0-1). Arizona: Gabby Kaufman (90-3-3).