Colorado senior Miranda Stinson recorded a school record eight goals Sunday, which helped propel the No. 23-ranked Buffs past the California Bears, 17-11, at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.
Colorado improved to 3-3 with the win and are now 2-0 in Pac-12 play, while the Bears fall to 4-5 overall (1-1 Pac-12).
“To leave California with two wins is big for us, and we need to keep building off of this,” CU head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “We didn’t do a great job today on some of the little things, ground balls and draw controls; we have to have a better effort as we move forward and more of a sense of urgency to finish plays. Outside of that, I thought we executed better than two weeks ago and finally put two games together back-to-back.”
Whidden’s comments came after California scored two goals in the first 90 seconds of the game.
Back-to-back goals from Sadie Grozier and Stinson, however, evened the game with 22:08 left in the opening stanza.
The Buffs then took their first lead of the game at 17:34 with Grozier’s second free-position goal of the game. Following that score, the Bears needed to use a timeout, but it didn’t slow down the Buffs.
Stinson tallied her second marker of the game less than two minutes after Grozier’s second goal, putting CU up 4-2.
The Bears tied things again before Stinson and Grozier gave the Buffs another two-goal advantage in the first half — a half that saw Stinson net six, which is another school record. She has also scored in 18 straight games and 44 of the last 45, while Samantha Nemirov extended her point-streak to 26 games, which is tied for the second longest in school history.
The Buffs rested starting goalkeeper Julia Lisella, giving Molly Galloway the start. She picked up her first win and stopped 10 of 21 shots she faced.
The Buffs have now won their last five meetings against the Bears and lead the all-time series 5-2. They are now 3-0 on the road this season.
“Again, we need to build off of this and understand our potential when we compete for 60 minutes and execute our game plan,” Whidden said. “We are far from satisfied and know we need to keep getting better and control the things we can control.”
Colorado will be back in Boulder next weekend to host Southern California and Arizona State on March 15 and 17, respectively.
“We will regroup and shift our focus to USC,” Whidden said. “This is another huge conference weekend for us coming up. Starting now that is all we are thinking about and all that matters. We know they are a great team, coming off a big weekend, and we have a lot to prove as we keep trying to dig ourselves out of the hole we got into. We will rest up, make sure we prepare well and be ready for our next challenge.”
Colorado 17, California 11
At California Memorial Stadium
California (4-5, 1-1) 4 7 — 11
Goals — California: Corzel, Caroline 5; Gordon, Cameron 2; Swanson, Kirsten 2; Christman, Eliza 1; Hickman, Lauren 1. Colorado: Stinson, Miranda 8; Grozier, Sadie 5; Rudy, Charlie 3; Nemirov, Samantha 1.
Assists — California: Zaccaro, Nikki 2; Mix, Megan 1. Colorado: Castillo, Sophie 1; Mistretta, Jen 1.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — California: Wilkens (42:57-15-8), Ward (17:03-2-0); Colorado: Galloway (60-11-10).