As Sarah Kinzner's line drive from 25 yards out flawlessly soared over Oregon State goalie Bella Geist's outstretched arms and into the top right corner of the net in the 16th minute, it was an unmistakable omen.
Nothing could go wrong for the Colorado women's soccer team in Sunday's 3-0 victory over the Beavers (5-7- 2, 0-5).
For the first time in program history, the Buffaloes began conference play 5-0. CU (11-3, 5-0) also extended its winning streak to an impressive nine games after dropping three straight near the beginning of the season.
After netting her 10th goal of the season, freshman midfielder Taylor Kornieck tied a school record for at least one goal in the most consecutive games with five straight matchups. Nikki Marshall, who played for the Buffs from 2006-09, first paced that record scoring streak three times, twice in 2006 and once in 2007.
"It's getting harder and harder every game we go to. I'm getting triple-teamed now," Kornieck said. "It's just the connection between me and the forwards. They just know how to find me, and I just put it in the back of the net whenever I can."
The Buffs have been getting votes in the NSCAA poll that rank them around No. 30 in the nation, but after Sunday's shutout victory, they may find their way into the top 25 this week.
Senior forward Danica Evans played quite the game as she finished with a goal and two assists to help pace the Buffs on offense. Once the final buzzer sounded, CU had recorded 10 shots on goal and five total assists. On the other side of the field, the defense dominated as it only allowed two shots on goal for the Beavers.
"I think we came out with a lot more energy from the start," Evans said. "With the energy that we brought, it helped us in the game. We were able to net passes and get shots off and it ended up being three goals."
Head coach Danny Sanchez agreed, noting that the defense has been a strong point for the Buffs all season.
"I just think there's good cohesion, good leadership," Sanchez said. "The principles of what we do defensively don't change. It's just the personnel. Hopefully, the personnel will step up, and they did this weekend."
Although the Buffs were able to maintain their undefeated streak in Pac-12 play, they did so without the help of two of their best defenders, Joss Orejel and Kahlia Hogg, who were sidelined with injuries sustained earlier in the season.
"They're working hard, and hopefully we'll get them back soon," Sanchez said.
Hogg left Thursday's game against Oregon with a right-knee issue after missing much of last season to an injury on the same knee, whereas Orejel has sat out since suffering a knee injury during the Arizona State game on Oct. 2.
The Buffs look to carry their momentum into their next game against Washington at 3 p.m. Wednesday at home.
"Confidence is high, but it can't be too high because we have plenty more games to go and many more tough opponents," Evans said. "We just have to keep our heads and keep working hard."
CU 3, Oregon State 0
At Prentup FieldOregon State (5-7-2, 0-5-0 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — CU: Kinzner (Evans), 16 th minute; Kornieck (Evans, Bruder), 25 th minute; Evans (Zuniga, Vidger), 67 th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Oregon State:Geist (90-3- 7); CU:Tompkins (90-0-2).