With some of the nation’s top teams still on the horizon, the Colorado women’s soccer team has another opportunity to entrench its place among the lead pack in the Pac-12 Conference with a two-game trip through Arizona. It begins Thursday at Arizona State, where the Buffs won for the first time in four tries in their last visit in 2016. A look at the matchup:
No. 18 Colorado soccer at Arizona State
Kickoff: Thursday, 3 p.m., Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Records: CU 9-0-1, 1-0 Pac-12 Conference; ASU 6-2, 1-0 Pac-12.
Leaders: Colorado — Goals: F Tatum Barton, Jr., 11; Assists: MF Taylor Kornieck, Jr., 9; Goalies: Scout Watson, Sr., .947 save percentage, 0.22 goals-against average; JJ Tompkins, Jr., .923 save percentage, 0.35 goals-against average. ASU — Goals: F Nicole Douglas, Fr., 6; Assists: F Jemma Purfield, Sr., 2; Goalies: Sydney Day, Sr., .769 save percentage, 0.75 goals-against average; Nikki Panas, So., .875 save percentage, 0.50 goals-against average.
Notes: Barton began the week ranked second in the nation in goals. Barton is just one of five Buffaloes players to score 11 goals in a season…Kornieck has tied CU’s single-season record for assists, first set by Kathryn Grandinetti in 2003…Kornieck also has moved into fifth-place among CU’s all-time points leaders with 57 (20 goals, 17 assists)…At the season’s halfway point, the Buffs already have broken the team record for assists in a season with 38. The previous mark of 35 was set in 2004 and 2014…The Sun Devils lead the series against CU 5-3-1, but the Buffs have won three of the past four matchups…The Buffs topped ASU 3-0 at home last year behind two goals from Marty Puketapu and a goal and an assist from Megan Massey…ASU has won four consecutive games and opened league play with a 2-1 win at Cal thanks to a goal and an assist from Douglas…The Buffs play at Arizona on Sunday (1 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network).
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