CU Buffs’ Taylor Kornieck earns Pac-12 Player of the Week

Buffs ranked No. 24 heading into conference play

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BOULDER, CO – August 3, 2019: Taylor Kornieck, of CU soccer, during Fall sports media day. (photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The Pac-12 Conference voted Colorado senior Taylor Kornieck the top offensive performer of the past week, awarding her Offensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.

For Kornieck, it is her second career Player of the Week nod. It is the first for her since her freshman year in 2016. Overall, it is CU’s 17th weekly honor since joining the conference in 2011.

Kornieck, a Henderson, Nev., native, recorded six points in two games for Colorado this past week, helping lead the Buffs to a 2-0 record. The midfielder sparked the Buffs early on against Northern Colorado, scoring the first two goals of the match. She added an assist on Tessa Barton’s goal, CU’s third of the first half. Kornieck tied her career-high with points in the first 45 minutes, marking third-most by a Buff in a single half.

At Denver, she registered another assist in CU’s 2-0 win. It was her fifth of the season and the 23rd of her career. She is now one assist shy of tying Fran Munnelly for first in CU history. The Buffs’ captain now has 17 points on the season (6 G, 5 A) and has picked up at least a point in the last four matches.

Buffs back in Top-25

Colorado’s 2-0 showing last week helped boost the Buffs back into the top-25 of the United Soccer Coaches rankings. CU enters conference play ranked No. 24 in the nation. It is the second time the Buffs have been slatted at No. 24 this season.

Colorado closed the non-conference season with an 8-1-0 record. The Buffs open Pac-12 play at Arizona on Friday.