Freshman Taylor Kornieck had two goals and one assist to lead Colorado women's soccer to a 5-0 win over Drexel on Sunday at Prentup Field.
Kornieck, who became just the second freshman in Buffs history to collect five points in a match and first since Nikki Marshall did it twice in 2006, attempted seven shots and four on frame. Her opener came in the 10th minute, with an assist by Danica Evans, and was enough for the Buffaloes (3-3) to end a three-match losing streak.
"It feels good to win," Kornieck said. "You could tell from the beginning that everyone was ready to go and pumped up. We were really excited to play and you could see it on our faces out on the field and that's a great thing for us to have."
The Buffs outshot the Dragons 19-2 and led 3-0 at halftime.
"At the end of the day you make your own breaks," CU coach Danny Sanchez said. "Getting that early goal from Taylor, I think we were able to continue the flow. I think the key was we were able to keep the pressure as we got the second goal. I think that really killed off the game, especially Sunday at home at altitude."
Kornieck contributed to the Buffs' second goal at 12 minutes. After her shot deflected off the right goal post and glanced off the Drexel keeper, Sarah Kinzner tapped in the rebound.
"I'm really happy that Sarah was able to put it in," Kornieck said. "Her work rate to get into the box and be in position was really great on her part."
Evans made the lead 3-0 in the 28th minute after Camilla Shymka had a run along the end line and centered a short pass to Evans in front of the net for the score.
Kornieck extended it to 4-0 in the 71st, converting from the spot after Stephanie Zuniga was fouled in the box.
Zuniga rounded out the scoring in the 85th.
Colorado, which began the season 3-0, hosts Hawaii at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
"We definitely need to keep capitalizing on our opportunities and working as a team," Zuniga said. "We're a great team this year, and it's been hard getting the results that we've been getting, but I think with time it'll all click together like it did today. So I just think it's important for the team to keep working hard in practice and to keep motivating each other in practice."