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Colorado’s Alex Vidger scored a goal at Air Force in the Buffaloes’ season-opener in 2016. CU opens the 2018 season Thursday at AFA.


Colorado soccer at Air Force

Kickoff: Thursday, 6 p.m., Air Force Academy.

2017 records: CU 12-6-4; Air Force 7-9-3.

Top returning leaders (2017 stats): Colorado Goals: F Marty Puketapu, So., 8; Assists: MF Megan Massey, Sr., 6; Goalie: Jalen Tompkins, Jr., .882 save percentage, 0.58 goals-against average. Air Force Goals: F Kaitlyn Cook, Sr., 4; Assists: F Taylor Cobb, Sr., 4; Goalie: Jennifer Hiddink, Sr., .828 save percentage, 1.26 goals-against average.

Notes: The Buffs are 6-1 all-time against the Falcons, most recently posting a 2-0 win at AFA in the season opener two years ago. Current seniors Sarah Kinzner and Alex Vidger scored CU’s goals in that game…Danny Sanchez begins his seventh season as the Buffs’ coach with a record of 70-44-15. CU has reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the past five seasons…The Buffs return their top four leaders in points in Puketapu (eight goals, two assists), Taylor Kornieck (seven goals, four assists), Massey (four goals, six assists), and Tatum Barton (six goals, two assists)…CU opens its home schedule Sunday at 3:30 p.m. against Colorado State. The match will be the third of a Colorado Cup tripleheader that also includes Colorado College against Denver (11 a.m.) and AFA against Northern Colorado (1:15 p.m.)…The CSU match will be the first of four consecutive home games for the Buffs.

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