After two weeks without a game, Colorado’s offense was more than ready to play, downing San Diego State 14-5 at the Indoor Practice Facility on Sunday.
CU (2-2) recorded 10 goals in the first half and allowed the Aztecs (2-4) just two. The Buffs slowed down a bit in the second half, but still outscored SDSU 4-3.
“We came out and we played hard, they were committed to doing the little things we had talked about that we needed to do to be successful,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “A little bit of a tougher second half for us. I wish we had executed better but at the end of the day they have been facing a lot of challenges and they came out and competed and were able to get the job done.”
A pair of Buffs, senior Sadie Grozier and junior Charlie Rudy, each recorded five goals in the victory. Grozier also added an assist for a game-high six points. As a team, CU was shooting whenever there was a chance, taking 28 shots in the first half and 19 in the second half for the second-most in CU single-game history (47). Grozier and Rudy each recorded career-highs in shots. Grozier took 15, which is now the CU single-game record, while Rudy’s 13 is tied for third.
“Overall we did pretty well offensively,” Whidden said. “Again, in the first half, I thought we did a little better. The second half was a little tougher. I thought for the most part they were taking good shots. We’ll work on our shooting at practice and get better from there.”
CU did not have to spend a lot of time on defense, especially in the first half, but when called upon, the defense stepped up. Senior Julia Lisella made 12 saves, four in the first half and eight in the second. Colorado also totaled 12 caused turnovers. Graduate Kate White led the way with four, while senior Madi Wifall and junior Liz Phillips each recorded two. Four others, senior Eliza Cahill, Grozier, junior Devon Bayer and senior Aine Williams each had one.
“I thought defensively they played great,” Whidden said. “They came up on us in the second half and our defense had to make some plays and that’s what got our win was our defensive effort.”
Colorado 14, San Diego State 5
San Diego State 2 3 — 5
Colorado 10 4 — 14
Goals — SDSU: Lexi Tan (2); Emily Resnick (1); Bailey Brown (1); Arielle Shahrabani (1); CU: Rudy, Charlie (5); Grozier, Sadie (5); Bayer, Devon (2); Lawless, Zoe (1); Phillips, Liz (1). Goalies — SDSU: Sharretts 60-14-14; CU: Lisella 60-5-12