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CU Buffs women’s soccer preview: Utah Utes

Buffs hope to pad postseason credentials in regular season finale

BOULDER, CO - Feb. 11, 2021: ...
BOULDER, CO – February 11, 2021: Colorado’s Jade Babcock-Chi and UNC’s Melina Faris look fro control of the ball. The Colorado Buffaloes hosted the UNC Bears on February 11, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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Utah Utes at CU Buffs women’s soccer

KICKOFF: Friday, 3 p.m., Prentup Field.

BROADCAST: TV — Pac-12 Networks.

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

KEY PLAYERS: Utah — F Anna Escobedo, Jr. (three goals, one assist); MF Courtney Talbot, So. (one goal, five assists); MF Hanna Olsen, R-So. (two goals, one assist); GK SJ Edwards, R-Jr. (.717 save percentage, 1.37 goals-against average). Colorado — F Shyra James, Fr., (five goals, one assist); D Hannah Sharts, Jr. (four goals, one assist); D Lawson Willis, Fr. (six assists); MF Shanade Hopcroft, Sr. (two goals, one assist); GK Dani Hansen, R-So. (.888 save percentage, 0.74 goals-against average).

NOTES: The Buffs are very much alive in the hunt for a bid to the 48-team NCAA Tournament, but any postseason scenario almost certainly requires a win against the Utes in the regular season finale…The Buffs will honor two Colorado native seniors, Katie Joella and Libby Geraghty, in their final game. Geraghty, from Cherry Creek High School, is a fourth-year junior eligibility-wise but is opting to end her playing career. She has recorded six goals and five assists in 55 games (18 starts) at CU while Joella, from Highlands Ranch, has tallied three goals and one assist in 56 games off the bench…Seniors Gabbi Chapa (out with broken collarbone), Shanade Hopcroft, and Haileigh Adams are planning to return in the fall to use their extra year of eligibility…CU is 2-0-1 in its past three matches and posted a 1-0 victory at Utah on March 20 in a game played as a nonconference contest. James scored the Buffs’ lone goal in that win off an assist from Sharts…Though it is occurring in a shortened season, Hansen has a chance to break JJ Tompkins’ single-season save percentage record of .882, set in 2017. Despite the shortened season, Hansen’s 87 total saves is tied for the eighth-best total in program history…The 48-team field for the NCAA women’s soccer tournament will be announced on Monday.