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CU Buffs soccer routs Northern Colorado to advance in NCAA tourney

Six players score goal in offensive onslaught

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Taylor Kornieck delivered a clutch and memorable performance in her Prentup Field finale.

Kornieck recorded one goal and one assist as the Colorado women’s soccer team cruised into the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a thorough 6-0 victory against Northern Colorado on Saturday. Seniors Camilla Shymka and JJ Tompkins also turned in career highlights as the Buffs advanced to the second round for the fifth time in as many tournament appearances under head coach Danny Sanchez.

While Kornieck continued to update the CU record book, Shymka recorded the first game of her career with at least three points by collecting a goal and an assist. Tompkins needed to make only one save, but it was enough to post the shutout and move into a tie with Jessica Keller for the most solo shutouts in program history with 25.

CU will face North Carolina, one of the tournament’s four No. 1 seeds, in a second-round match on Friday. It will be the Buffs’ third second-round date at North Carolina since 2014.

In the CU program’s 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, Saturday’s win was the Buffs’ highest-scoring tournament match. Six different players tallied CU’s six goals.

“It was just awesome all around. I love Prentup, love the atmosphere,” Tompkins said. “It was a great game, great environment. To go out like that in the last game at Prentup Field felt awesome.”

The Buffs got on the board in the 29th minute on a Libby Geragthy goal off assists from Tessa Barton and Kornieck. For Kornieck it was the 24th assist in her career, moving her into a tie with Fran Munnelly for the most in CU history. The helper also made Kornieck the first CU player to reach 100 points in her career.

After Barton was taken down in the UNC defensive zone, Kornieck converted a penalty kick that gave the Buffs a 2-0 edge. The tally extended Kornieck’s CU-record mark on penalty kicks for 9-for-9, and her four penalty kick goals this season established a new single-season program record. It also was a career-high 12th goal of the season for Kornieck, a total that is tied for the second-most all-time at CU with former teammate Jorian Baucom (2018) and Katie Griffin (2005).

The Buffs’ 2-0 lead held through halftime but CU quickly padded the advantage after the break. A Roo Yarnell-Williams goal in the 47th minute gave the Buffs a 3-0 edge. Shymka, Jade Babcock-Chi, and Kyla Ferry completed the scoring for the Buffs late in the second half.

“We’ve been around Colorado soccer a long time, and Colorado soccer has produced a lot of great players through the years. I think when they have a Mount Rushmore of players, these two (Kornieck and Tompkins) are going to be on it along with some of the former greats,” Sanchez said. “These are special young women that did a lot for us. For them to go out with a win in their last game at Prentup, it’s special. Sometimes you don’t get that moment, and they get an opportunity to play at least one more game together.”

Notable

Saturday’s attendance of 1,569 was the highest of the season at Prentup and the 16th-highest in program history…The goals by Babcock-Chi and Ferry, both freshmen, were the first ones of their careers. Another freshman, Amaya Gonzalez, earned her first career point with an assist on Shymka’s goal.

Colorado 6, Northern Colorado 0

Northern Colorado (9-11-4) 0 0 — 0

Colorado (12-7-2) 2 4 — 6

Goals: Colorado — Geraghty (Barton, Kornieck), 29th minute; Kornieck (PK), 34th minute; Yarnell-Williams (Shymka), 47th minute; Babcock-Chi (Ferry), 68th minute; Shymka (Gonzalez), 84th minute; Ferry (Kingsbury).

Goalies (Min.-goals allowed-saves): Northern Colorado — Franza (90-6-2); Colorado — Tompkins (90-0-1).