Few players have joined the University of Colorado soccer program with the sort of accolades owned by freshman Taylor Kornieck.
The rookie is showing all those honors have more than a little merit.
Kornieck continued her scoring surge on Friday, recording a pair of goals while senior Danica Evans added a goal and an assist to power the Buffaloes to a 3-1 victory against visiting Hawaii.
It was the Buffs' second consecutive victory on the heels of a three-game losing streak.
Kornieck posted her first goal off a flip throw-in from Danica Evans, using every inch of her 6-foot-1 frame to redirect Evans' toss into the corner of the net with her head. The tally at the 2-minute, 22-second mark gave CU an early cushion and was the 10th-fastest goal in the 20-year history of the program.
"She's a target, so every time I do (a flip throw) I honestly look for her," Evans said.
Kornieck, a captain on the U.S. U-18 national team, also scored two goals in Sunday's 5-0 victory against Drexel, and she became the first CU freshman to score multiple goals in consecutive games. While it is unlikely the Buffs will score at the same clip as they did against Drexel and Hawaii once they reach Pac-12 Conference play, Kornieck's total of five goals at least gets her within striking distance of Nikki Marshall's team record for goals by a freshman (17 in 2006) with 13 games remaining.
"I think I adapted pretty quickly, starting with the first game. It really helped me get a lot of confidence," said Kornieck, who also has two assists this season. "I had one (defender) on my back and she was kind of pushing me a lot. Danica, I know she's always going to find me so I just have to be in a good position. I had a lot more height than (the defender) so I got up and just flicked it back post."
Kornieck converted her second goal on a penalty kick after a run by Evans ended in a Hawaii foul, giving CU a 2-0 edge at halftime. A hand ball call against the Buffs' Alex Vidger allowed Hawaii to pull within a goal on a penalty kick from Raisa Strom-Okimoto in the 65th minute, but Evans' tally in the 86th minute off a brilliant run down the left wing by Emily Bruder ended Hawaii's comeback.
Goalie Jalen Tompkins paced the defense with five saves, and head coach Danny Sanchez praised the work of his defenders for putting the clamps on Hawaii's Addie Steiner. A transfer from Northwestern, Steiner scored an overtime winner at Prentup Field last year as the Wildcats upended CU.
CU will seek a season-best three-game winning streak when Iowa visits Prentup Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Getting that third goal on a counter really put the game away," Sanchez said. "It was a great run by Emily and you could really see her explosiveness. And it was a great run by Danica to get in the box to finish. It was a good win for us, but a big test on Sunday for us with Iowa."
Colorado 3, Hawaii 1
At Prentup Field
Goals (assists) — CU: Kornieck (Evans), 3rd minute; CU: Kornieck (PK), 37th minute; Hawaii: Strom-Okimoto (PK), 65th minute; CU: Evans (Bruder), 86th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Hawaii: Berger (90-3-10); CU: Tompkins (90-1-5).