Despite a recent scoring drought and a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) that ended with an emphatic 3-0 victory Thursday against Arizona State, the Colorado women's soccer team remains squarely in the NCAA Tournament picture with four games remaining.
All five of the Buffaloes' losses this season have occurred against squads currently ranked among the top 16 teams in the nation, and CU faces only one team that is even getting votes in the poll over the final four games. That team is Arizona, which visits Prentup Field Sunday in the Buffs' home finale. Here is a look at the matchup.
Arizona at Colorado soccer
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m., Prentup Field.
BROADCAST: Live stream available at Pac-12 Plus.
RECORDS: Arizona 7-4-3, 4-2-1 Pac-12 Conference; CU 8-5-3, 2-4-1.
LEADERS: Arizona — Goals: Gabi Stoian 3; Assists: Cali Crisler 6; Goalie: Lainey Burdett 0.81 goals-against average, .833 save percentage. CU — Goals: Marty Puketapu 7; Assists: Becca Rasmussen 6; Goalie: Jalen Tompkins 0.71 goals-against average, .836 save percentage.
NOTES: CU will honor its four seniors — four-year Buffs Joss Orejel and Courtney Fedor, in addition to transfers Becca Rasumussen and Hannah Scheid — as part of the final home game festivities ... Coming off a two-assist effort in Thursday's win against Arizona State, sophomore Taylor Kornieck needs just one more point to break into the CU program's all-time top-10 list. Kornieck scored the lone goal (unassisted) in the Buffs' 1-0 win at Arizona last year...CU is 3-1-2 all-time against the Wildcats ... The Buffs play their final three matches on the road, beginning next weekend against the Oregon schools ... Arizona is coming off a 3-2 win Thursday at Utah. The Wildcats scored all three of their goals in the first 18:07 of the match before surviving a late rally in which the Utes scored twice in the final 13:04 ... Broomfield High School graduate Hailey Mazzola, a redshirt sophomore, is a reserve for Arizona who has played in 12 games. She scored her first career goal in the season-opener against Oklahoma.