Colorado senior Samantha Nemirov netted a pair of goals for the Buffs, but the University of Michigan recorded the win Sunday afternoon, defeating the Buffs 8-6 at Kittredge Field.
The 14th-ranked Buffs are now 1-3 to start the season, while No. 25 Michigan improved to 5-0.
“You know, I think obviously Michigan is a very well coached team and they came out ready and they got a lot of energy,” CU head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “I think, you know, for us, we didn’t come out and we weren’t sticking to the game plan.”
Because of that, Michigan scored the first two goals of the game, including one in the first two minutes. Colorado responded with 18:53 left in the first half on a goal by sophomore Sadie Grozier. Almost a minute later, though, the Wolverines recorded another marker to go up 3-1.
The Buffs’ Samantha Nemirov then tallied her first goal of the game with 15:52 remaining, cutting Michigan’s lead to 4-2. But, before Colorado was able to score again, the Wolverines found the back of the net three times and set the pace for the game.
“From the sidelines coming in we knew that Michigan was going to be a really aggressive team,” CU sophomore defender Eliza Cahill said. “So, we wanted to make sure we would go one-hundred percent on ground balls, one on ones, and really match their aggression both on defense and on the attack end.”
Because of that, the CU defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just one goal, but only scored three times, which was not enough for the win.
“I think a big difference for us (between halves) was a little bit mentality,” Whidden said. “Aggressiveness on defense, which was part of the game plan and we didn’t do it to start the first half. We didn’t do the things we knew to start that.”
Colorado did force 14 of Michigan’s 20 turnovers, including sophomore Macaul Mellor’s career-high three. Devon Bayer and Elinor Wolf also had two each for the Buffs.
Nemirov extended her points-streak to 24 games. … This was Michigan’s first win in the all-time series, which CU now leads 3-1. … Colorado recorded 31 ground balls, which is tied for second in CU single-game history. … CU also had 14 caused turnovers, which is tied for fifth in single game history.