In hopes of getting better acclimated to Colorado, the Missouri women's soccer team arrived in town for Saturday's nonconference battle against the Buffaloes on Thursday, a day earlier than what is generally typical.
The Tigers perhaps should have considered traveling to CU even earlier.
The Buffs wasted little time rendering moot Missouri's preparation, immediately blitzing the Tigers with one of the fastest three-goal flurries in program history before cruising to a 6-0 victory at Prentup Field.
Junior Tatum Barton made her first start of the season and quickly made coach Danny Sanchez's decision a wise one, scoring the Buffs first two goals in a span of 2 minutes, 31 seconds less than five minutes into the contest. Barton added a goal early in the second half to post her first career hat trick and the sixth in team history.
Junior midfielder Taylor Kornieck was credited with assists on four of CU's six goals, becoming the first CU player to achieve that feat.
"Finding the net is probably my best chance to keep in the starting lineup," Barton said. "Danny knows what he's doing and all our forwards are good. I have no issues with coming off the bench or starting. I'm just going to play hard.
"(Kornieck) definitely helped me get my hat trick today."
Barton scored her first goal at the 2:23 mark and took advantage of a great lead pass from Kornieck to give the Buffs a 2-0 lead at the 4:54 mark. It was the second-fastest instance of a Buffs player scoring two goals at the start of a game, trailing only two goals scored by Nikki Marshall within the first 2:36 against St. Mary's on Aug. 30, 2009.
After knocking on the door a few times during the first two games, senior LSU transfer Jorian Baucom finally notched her first goal with the Buffs at the 6:44 mark, converting another well-placed pass from Megan Massey. The tally marked the second-fastest run to a 3-0 lead in CU history, trailing the same aforementioned St. Mary's contest in 2009. It also was the fourth-fastest collection of three goals at any point in a game in team history.
From there, CU's goalie tandem of JJ Tompkins and Scout Watson preserved another shutout behind a defense that allowed only three shots on goal. The duo has been forced to make only 13 saves while guiding the Buffs through 290 shutout minutes to start the season.
"(Barton) has been playing well," Sanchez said. "She scored a good goal (at Air Force) right out of the bat, and she's been playing well. We have a lot of quality in our attack. Just because you start today doesn't mean you'll start the next game. But getting that early goal really took the pressure off us and kind of put Missouri on their heels a little bit."
The Buffs played without starting senior defender Erin Greening, who suffered an apparent right knee injury late in regulation during last week's tie against Colorado State. Though Greening returned for overtime against the Rams, Sanchez said she would miss "a few weeks"... Kornieck has either scored or assisted on six of the Buffs' nine goals this season. Kornieck's record-setting four assists helped her climb CU's list of all-time leaders in assists (13, 8th) and points (51, 7th). The four assists Saturday matched her total from each of the past two seasons ... Barton didn't register a goal or an assist in 18 games as a freshman in 2016 with Texas Tech. She has recorded 10 goals and two assists in 25 games with the Buffs...Sophomore Katie Joella capped the scoring with her first career goal in the 86th minute...CU's season continues with a home date against Texas-San Antonio Friday afternoon.
Colorado 6, Missouri 0
At Prentup FieldMissouri (1-1-1) 0 0 — 0
Colorado (2-0-1) 3 3 — 6
Goals (assists) — Colorado: Barton (Kornieck, Loren), 3rd minute; Colorado: Barton (Kornieck), 5th minute; Colorado: Baucom (Massey), 7th minute; Colorado: Barton (Kornieck, Baucom), 57th minute; Colorado: Puketapu (Kornieck, Watson); Colorado: Joella (Groark, Puketapu), 86th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Missouri: Dossey (69-4-1), Sapp (21-2-0); Colorado: Tompkins (45-0-1), Watson (45-0-2).