Taylor Kornieck’s big day pushes CU Buffs soccer past Northern Colorado

Senior midfielder continues record book assault with five points

At the outset of the season, it seemed that if Taylor Kornieck’s career arc held true to form, Colorado’s star midfielder likely would end her senior year as the soccer program’s all-time leader in points and assists.

The all-time goals record, however, seemed perhaps a touch out of reach, with Nikki Marshall’s team record of 42 goals standing well ahead Kornieck’s solid three-year total of 28 goals. One torrid scoring spree later, though, and Kornieck has put herself in position to sweep all three of those top offensive honors in CU history.

The senior midfielder continued her assault on the Buffs’ record book Thursday afternoon at Prentup Field, recording two goals and an assist in the first half to lead CU to a 4-0 victory against Northern Colorado. The Buffs improved to 7-1 in their first matchup against Northern Colorado since 2014, and CU completes its nonconference slate Saturday night with a tough road showdown at the University of Denver (7:30 p.m., Altitude 2).

“I’m really not trying to focus on (the records) too much,” Kornieck said. “I just want to go in every game and just play how I normally play. I don’t want to have that in the back of my head and think I have to get a goal or I have to get an assist. After every game I like to look at where I’m at. It is what it is.”

Kornieck scored the first two goals of the game, and she added an assist on a goal by freshman Tessa Barton in the 26th minute. It was the second consecutive two-goal game for Kornieck and the sixth of her career. Kornieck matched a career-high with five points and also became just the third CU player to record five points in a half, trailing only six by Marshall against Oklahoma in 2009 and a team-record seven recorded by former teammate Marty Puketapu against UC-Riverside two years ago.

Kornieck improved her career points total to 88, moving closer to Marshall’s program record of 93. She surpassed Katie Griffin at No. 2 on the goals list with 33, though she still has work to do to reach Marshall’s record of 42. Kornieck’s assist was the 22nd of her career, breaking a tie with Kathryn Grandinetti for second all-time behind Fran Munnelly’s CU record of 24.

“She’s different. She’s a program-changer for us,” CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. “There’s been a lot of storied players in this program, and she’ll finish probably at the top, or one-two at the top. But she still has work to do. If you don’t watch her play you don’t appreciate all the little things she does. There’s a lot of good attacking players in the country. But the fact that the extra work she has to do on both sides of the ball makes her unique and different.”

Notable

The Buffs played without freshman forward Roo Yarnell-Williams, who suffered a sprained ankle in last week’s loss at Florida State. Sanchez didn’t give a timetable on her return, but Yarnell-Williams is expected to miss at least a few weeks…Senior Tatum Barton also was credited with an assist on Tessa Barton’s goal, and according to research from the CU stat crew it marked the first time in program history any CU player has assisted on a goal by her sister. It was the first two-assist game of Tatum Barton’s career…Buffs goalie JJ Tompkins needed to make just three saves to post her fifth shutout of the season and the 13th solo shutout of her career…CU assistant coach Jason Green was not on the bench while serving a mandatory one-game suspension from the red card he was issued last week at Florida State.

Colorado 4, Northern Colorado 0

Northern Colorado (2-7-1) 0 0 — 0

Colorado (7-1-0) 3 1 — 4

Goals: Colorado — Kornieck (free kick), 10th minute; Kornieck (Ta. Barton, Webb), 17th minute; Te. Barton (Ta. Barton, Kornieck), 26th minute; Joella (Kingsbury), 86th minute.

Saves (Min.-goals against-saves): Northern Colorado — Franza (90-3-2); Colorado — Tompkins (90-0-3).