DENVER – Colorado super senior Shanade Hopcroft contributed a career-high four points on Sunday, helping the Buffs to a 3-1 win over instate rival Denver. The win extends CU’s streak to 10 consecutive over Denver.
The Aylesbury, England, native, was the best player on the pitch for either side. Hopcroft, using her COVID-19 year, had points on all three of CU’s goals, recording two assists and a goal of her own.
“She’s a woman on a mission,” head coach Danny Sanchez said of Hopcroft’s efforts. “That’s what we need out of her. Her movement was excellent. Her confidence and engine just never stop. It was a great performance from Shanade for sure.”
Colorado finished non-conference play with a 5-3-0 record and moves to 18-8-1 all-time against the Pioneers. Colorado finishes 3-0 against in-state opponents this season, after missing out on a chance to compete for the Colorado Cup.
“We talked before the game about how it was disappointing to not have a chance to win the Colorado Cup,” Sanchez added. “We felt coming into this match that we’ve now played four teams [including Colorado State] and won all those games so it was extra motivation for us today.”
Denver, the 2021 Colorado Cup champions fall to 5-4-0.