Game preview: No. 7 Washington State at No. 20 Colorado soccer

Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer
Senior defender Erin Greening (right) recorded her first assist of the season on Sunday in her second game back from an injury absence.

It was a solid if victory-free trip to Arizona last week for the Colorado women’s soccer team, which dropped two spots to No. 20 in the weekly United Soccer Coaches poll after securing identical 1-0 draws at Arizona State and Arizona.

The Buffaloes welcomed back to the starting lineup senior defender Erin Greening, who missed eight games after suffering a knee injury in the second game of the season against Colorado State. CU begins the week as one of only three teams in the Pac-12 without a loss, but one of those is a seventh-ranked Washington State squad that visits Prentup Field Thursday. A look at the matchup:

No. 7 Washington State at No. 20 Colorado

Kickoff: Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Prentup Field.

Records: Washington State 10-0, 3-0 Pac-12 Conference; CU 9-0-3, 1-0-2.

Leaders: Washington StateGoals: F Morgan Weaver, Jr., 6; Assists: D Maddy Haro, Sr., 9; Goalie: Rachel Thompson, Jr., .900 save percentage, 0.43 goals-against average. ColoradoGoals: F Tatum Barton, Jr., 11; Assists: MF Taylor Kornieck, Jr., 9; Goalie: JJ Tompkins, Jr., .907 save percentage, 0.49 goals-against average.

Notes: The Cougars lead the series 5-3, but the Buffs have posted victories each of the past two years at WSU. A Marty Puketapu goal paced CU in a 2-0 win against the Cougars last year and a Kornieck goal in the 89th minute gave the Buffs a 1-0 win against WSU two years ago…Greening, in her second game back from an eight-game injury absence, posted her first assist of the season on Kornieck’s goal Sunday at Arizona. It was just the second assist of Greening’s career…With 33 career wins, Tompkins is tied with Annie Brunner (who formerly coached Tompkins as a member of CU’s staff) for the second-most in program history…The Cougars opened Pac-12 play with a win at nationally-ranked UCLA before sweeping the Oregon schools last week…CU hosts Washington on Sunday (2 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

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