The Colorado women's soccer team already has put together a memorable season, with a third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth — and the fifth in six seasons — imminent for the 15th-ranked Buffaloes.
But CU has an opportunity to make a statement against some of the most nationally-renowned programs in NCAA soccer down the stretch, a run that begins Sunday at top-ranked and defending national champion Stanford. A look at the matchup:
No. 15 Colorado soccer at No. 1 Stanford
Kickoff: Sunday, 1 p.m. MT, Maloney Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
Broadcast: Pac-12 Network.
Records: CU 13-0-3, 5-0-2 Pac-12 Conference; Stanford 13-0-1, 6-0.
Leaders: CU — Goals: F Jorian Baucom, Sr., 11; Assists: MF Taylor Kornieck, 10; Goalie: JJ Tompkins, Jr., .914 save percentage, 0.51 goals-against average. Stanford — Goals: F Catarina Macario, So., and F Sophia Smith, Fr., 7; Assists: MF Jordan DiBiasi, Sr., 6; Goalie: Alison Jahansouz, Sr., 0.55 goals-against average, .818 save percentage.
Notes: The Buffs enter the match trailing Pac-12 co-leaders Stanford and USC by just one point...CU hosts the second-ranked Trojans on Thursday and No. 9 UCLA on Oct. 28 before closing the regular season at home against Utah Nov. 2...CU has established a single-season program record with 46 goals with four games remaining...Kornieck's 10 assists has broken Kathryn Grandinetti's previous CU single-season record of nine set in 2003. Korneick also has moved into fourth-place on the Buffs' career points list with 70...The Buffs are 0-9 all-time against the Cardinal, getting outscored by a total of 23-3 in those nine matches...Stanford stars DiBiasi (Chatfield High) and Smith (Fossil Ridge) are Colorado natives.
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