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Game preview: CU Buffs soccer at Utah

Buffs NCAA tourney hopes in good shape going into regular season finale

CU Buffs soccer at Utah Utes

GAME TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. MT, Ute Soccer Field, Salt Lake City, Utah.

BROADCAST: TV — Pac-12 Networks.

RECORDS: Colorado 11-6-2, 3-5-2 Pac-12 Conference; Utah 7-8-4, 2-5-3.

LEADERS: Colorado — Goals: MF Taylor Kornieck, Sr., 11; Assists: Kornieck 5; Goalie: JJ Tompkins, Sr., .769 save percentage, 1.27 goals-against average. Utah — Goals: F Ireland Dunn, Sr., 4; Assists: MF Hailey Stodden, So., 3; Goalie: Carly Nelson, Sr., .806 save percentage, 1.20 goals-against average.

NOTES: At No. 31 this week in the RPI heading into the regular-season finale, the Buffs will be in solid position for an NCAA Tournament berth with a win or a tie…Utah endured a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) before posting a 1-0 win at Washington on Sunday…CU might be seeking payback for a 1-0 loss to the Utes at home in last year’s regular season finale that basically kept the Buffs out of the NCAA Tournament. Utah’s Stodden, a Broomfield High graduate, scored the game-winner in her return to her home state. It remains Stodden’s only collegiate goal, though she leads the Utes in assists this season…Since joining the Pac-12, CU is just 2-4-2 against Utah…Kornieck’s 11th goal of the season in Sunday’s loss at Washington State matched her career-high and moved her into a tie for the fourth-most goals in a season in CU history. Kornieck also scored 11 goals as a freshman in 2016, and she played alongside the two other players with 11 goals in a season in Tatum Barton (2018) and Danica Evans (2016)…The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be announced Monday.