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The Colorado women’s soccer team announced Wednesday that nine players have signed national letters of intent to play for the Buffaloes.

Six freshmen and three transfers were part of the Buffs’ recruiting class.

“We lost six great seniors,” head coach Danny Sanchez said. “Not only were they fantastic on the field, but they provided great leadership off the field. We feel that our 2017 recruiting class has all the intangibles to build off the success from last season and the characteristics we are looking for on and off the field. Each of them has had tremendous success, whether it is high school, club, collegiate or internationally. They will fit in great with our returning Buffs.”

CU added transfers Jorian Baucom (from LSU), Cassie Phillips (Maryland) and Becca Rasmussen (Georgia).

The six freshman newcomers are: defender Hannah Cardenas (Placentia, Calif.), forward Libby Geraghty (Cherry Creek High School), midfielder Jordan Goodwin (Broomfield High School), forward Katie Joella (Mountain Vista High School), goal keeper Caitlin McPherson (Cherry Creek High School), and forward Martine Puketapu (Auckland, New Zealand).

Phillips, Puketapu and Rasmussen are all enrolled for the spring semester.

Baucom, a forward, will have one year of eligibility remaining. She scored 33 goals in three seasons LSU. Phillips, a midfielder, made 20 starts in two years at Maryland.

Rasmussen is a midfielder who played three years at Georgia, making 49 starts. She is a native of Golden.

Colorado (15-6-1, 8-2-1 Pac-12) is coming off one of its best seasons in school history, tying the school record for wins and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament after tying for second place in the Pac-12 with national champion Southern California.

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