It already has been a historic fall for the University of Colorado women's soccer team. The unbeaten Buffaloes are ranked 15th in the nation and are closing in on the program record of 15 wins in a season with five matches remaining.
However, three of those five matches will be against the three best teams the Buffs will face all year, a stretch that begins Sunday at defending national champion and top-ranked Stanford. First, though, CU will look to pick up valuable points in a crowded Pac-12 race Thursday at Cal. Here is a look at the matchup:
No. 15 Colorado soccer at Cal
Kickoff: Thursday, 1 p.m. MT, Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
Broadcast: Pac-12 Network.
Records: CU 12-0-3, 4-0-2 Pac-12 Conference; Cal 5-7-2, 1-4-1.
Leaders: CU — Goals: F Jorian Baucom, Sr., and F Tatum Barton, Jr., 11; Assists: MF Taylor Kornieck, Jr., 9; Goalie: JJ Tompkins, Jr., .908 save percentage, 0.55 goals-against average. Cal — F Emma Westin, So., and F Abi Kim, Jr., 4; Assists: Three players with three; Goalies: Olivia Sekany, Fr., .613 save percentage, 1.62 goals-against average; Amanda Zodikoff, Fr., .696 save percentage, 1.96 goals-against average.
Notes: CU coach Danny Sanchez was inducted into the Metro State athletics Hall of Fame last weekend. In six seasons leading the Roadrunners' program, Sanchez went 128-11-6 with a pair of Division II national championships...Now in his seventh season in Boulder, Sanchez is 82-44-18 with the Buffs and is on the way to his fifth NCAA Tournament appearance at CU...The Buffs began the week in third place in the Pac-12, trailing co-leaders Stanford and USC by one point...Sunday's match at top-ranked Stanford will be the first of three top-10 battles in the final five regular season games for the Buffs. CU also hosts No. 3 USC and No. 9 UCLA next week...CU already has established a team record for assists in a season (47) and needs only two goals to match the program record of 45 set in 2004...The Buffs are 3-4-1 all-time against Cal and suffered a 1-0 loss last year at home against the Golden Bears at home. CU has gone 2-1-1 at Cal.
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