Senior Miranda Stinson recorded six goals on Sunday afternoon as the Buffs powered past Arizona State, 15-3, to record their first home win of the season at Kittredge Field.
“It feels good; we are excited,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “Obviously, we have had a tough road here, as we haven’t played very well. We did not have a great game yesterday, so obviously to get the win is exciting for us. It is a win we need, and it’s a conference win, so it helps us out in the long run.”
The Buffs are back to .500 with a 4-4 record and own a 3-1 mark in Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils are 3-4 overall (1-2 Pac-12).
The Colorado didn’t waste any time, scoring the first marker of the contest with Sadie Grozier’s goal just 48 seconds into the game. Stinson added another goal a minute later, then the Buffs made it 3-0 with another netter from Sophie Castillo off the feed from Stinson at 20:17.
The Sun Devils recorded their first goal of the game at 16:45, but the Buffs responded with Samantha Nemirov’s first maker a minute later for a 4-1 advantage.
ASU was able to cut CU’s lead to just two by recording two of the next three goals, but then the Buffs’ offense exploded with seven.
Nemirov started the run before Stinson scored the next four. Nemirov then tallied the Buffs 10th goal of the game before Castillo notched her first maker to give the Buffs a 12-3 lead heading into half time.
“We came out firing today, we were a little slow to start against USC and we could not climb back,” Stinson said. “We wanted to come out hard today and fix the things that we didn’t do yesterday.”
Colorado’s defense held ASU scoreless in the second half, marking the second time in three meetings the Sun Devils have not scored in a half against the Buffs. In the very first meeting between the two on March 18, 2018, the Buffs led ASU 10-0 at halftime and went on to win the game 18-2.
The Sun Devils committed 19 turnovers during the game, while the Buffs had just eight. CU played a part in 13 of ASU’s turnovers. Olivia Aschman and Jen Mistretta each had two caused turnovers, while six other Buffs each tallied one caused turnover.
“I thought defensively we did a little bit better of a job,” Whidden said. “At the end-of-the-day, we have to keep getting better though. We are making some of the same mistakes in transition and low-defense; we have to do a better job finishing plays. So, I think a good effort today but, in the long run, we need to get better, and we have got to get better this week.”
The Buffs dominated in just about every statistical category, but the biggest area of improvement came in the draw controls, which CU led 15-4. CU was also perfect on clear attempts (16-16), while ASU converted at .750 (15-20).
Nemirov extended her points-streak to 28 games, which is the second longest streak in CU history. … Kate Burnside and Blair Sisk each recorded their first goals in the game. … For the second time in three games, Stinson scored six goals in a half, which is a school record. … The win is the first home victory for the Buffs this season.