Taylor Kornieck has put together one of the more impressive freshman seasons in the 20-year history of the Colorado Buffaloes' soccer program. Now she owns the hardware to prove it.
Kornieck led the CU contingent named Tuesday to the various All-Pac-12 Conference teams by taking home the league's Freshman of the Year award.
Kornieck was joined on the All-Pac-12 first team by senior Danica Evans, and was also joined on the league's All-Freshman team by redshirt freshman goalie Jalen Tompkins.
Kornieck is the first Buffs player to win the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honor in CU's six seasons in the league, though four different CU players won the Newcomer of the Year award when the program still competed in the Big 12 Conference.
Kornieck and Evans are the first CU players to get named to the Pac-12 all-conference first team since the Buffs joined the league, and they are the first CU teammates to reap first team all-league honors in the same season since Nikki Marshall and Michelle Wenino landed on the All-Big 12 first team in 2008.
Kornieck and Evans also became the first CU teammates to reach the 10-goal mark in the same season, with Kornieck finishing in a tie for second in the league with 11 goals and Evans finishing in a four-way tie for fourth with 10. Buffs players had reached the 10-goal mark only four times previously in the program's history. Kornieck also ranks second in the league with six game-winning goals.
Tompkins posted the most cumulative saves in the league (91) while ranking second in the Pac-12 with an .858 save percentage. Tompkins' save total, goals-against average (0.81), and win total (14) were the best marks ever by a CU freshman.
Tompkins and Kornieck are the first CU teammates to simultaneously land on an all-freshman team since Alex Dohm and current assistant Annie Brunner earned spots on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team in 2010.
Despite leading a Buffs turnaround from last in the Pac-12 a year ago to third this season, CU's Danny Sanchez was passed over for coach of the year in favor of Stanford's Paul Ratcliffe. The Cardinal also landed the league's Player of the Year in junior midfielder Andi Sullivan.