The Colorado women’s soccer team successfully defended its home turf through the first three weeks of the season. Later this week, the undefeated Buffaloes will finally hit the road to see how well they match up against one of the top programs in the nation.
On Sunday, the Buffs completed a season-opening six-game homestand with a 1-0 win against Baylor at Prentup Field. It was the first matchup between the former Big 12 Conference rivals since the Buffs left that league for the Pac-12 following the 2010 season, and the Buffs improved to 6-0-0 to match CU’s 2013 team for the program’s longest winning streak to start a season.
While half of CU’s victories so far have occurred against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams — Baylor, Texas, and Boston — the Buffs will take the competition up a notch with a visit to defending national champion Florida State on Thursday (5 p.m. MT, ACC Network).
The win also capped a big weekend for CU Buffs athletics following the football team’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against Nebraska and the volleyball squad’s sweep of No. 5 Illinois.
“I think it started about 5:30 (Saturday) night when Nebraska missed the field goal. And we went to a team dinner at six,” CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. “You could feel the energy in the whole town of Boulder but you could see the focus in the players’ eyes. This was the Big 12 champs. You could see how tough they are to play. We knew it would be a one-goal game. We knew it would be a battle.
“At the end of the day we made the one play to win the game. And we defended great.”
That one play ended with a header goal by forward Roo Yarnell-Williams in the 16th minute but it was started by star midfielder Taylor Kornieck, who hit Gabbi Chapa in stride on a run down the right wing. Chapa launched a well-placed crossing pass that arced over the goal mouth before Yarnell-Williams tucked a header inside the far post.
Senior goalie JJ Tompkins needed to make just three saves to post the shutout, but one of them was a lead-saving snare of a line drive from Baylor’s Maddie Algya that seemed destined for the top corner of the net in the 70th minute.
It was the team-leading third goal in six games for Yarnell-Williams, a freshman from Sacramento who admitted her early scoring spree has surpassed her expectations.
“I definitely have surprised myself,” Yarnell-Williams said. “I did expect to come in and play. I didn’t expect to come in and be starting and having such an impact on the field. I’m really grateful because I don’t think that would have happened without my whole team. All the goals that I’ve scored are a team effort. It hasn’t been just an individual thing.”
Kornieck’s assist gave her 79 points in her career, breaking a tie with Katie Griffin for third on CU’s career list. The senior midfielder trails Fran Munnelly (84) and Nikki Marshall (93). The assist also was the 21st of Kornieck’s career, which ties Kathryn Grandinetti for second all-time at CU…Though Baylor had not visited Boulder since 2008, CU improved to 5-1-1 all-time at home against the Bears…CU had scored exactly two goals in each of its first five games before Sunday’s 1-0 win.
Colorado 1, Baylor 0
Baylor (3-1-1) 0 0 — 0
Colorado (6-0-0) 1 0 — 1
Goals — Colorado: Yarnell-Williams (Chapa, Kornieck), 16th minute.
Goalies (min.-goals allowed-saves) — Baylor: Wandt (90-1-3); Colorado: Tompkins (90-0-3).