CU Buffs women’s soccer preview: No. 11 USC Trojans

Buffs travel to LA, face two top-12 teams in four days

CU Buffs women’s soccer at No. 11 USC Trojans

KICKOFF: Thursday, 5 p.m. MT, McAlister Field, Los Angeles.

BROADCAST: TV/Stream — Pac-12 Networks.

RECORDS: Colorado 6-4-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12 Conference; USC 8-2, 3-0.

KEY PLAYERS: Colorado — M Shanade Hopcroft, Sr., four goals, five assists; F Shyra James, So., three goals, two assists; M Allie Palangi, Jr., three goals, two assists; M Rachel Rosen, So., two goals, three assists; D Hannah Sharts, Sr., one goal, three assists; G Dani Hansen, Jr., .676 save percentage, 1.25 goals-against average. USC — M Croix Bethune, Jr., seven goals, three assists; F Penelope Hocking, Sr., six goals, two assists; G Anna Smith, SR., .800 save percentage, 0.90 goals-against average.

NOTES: USC leads the all-time series 8-4, but CU posted a memorable victory against the Trojans at home during the delayed 2020 season played earlier this year, netting a goal from Shyra James in the second overtime to cap a comeback that turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win…The Buffs have lost their past three games at USC’s McAlister Field…USC posted four consecutive shutouts to finish nonconference play but has given up one goal in each of its three Pac-12 wins against Oregon State, Arizona State, and Arizona…CU begins the week at No. 64 in the RPI. USC is 23rd…The Buffs visit No. 3 UCLA on Sunday (1 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks). It will mark the second time this season CU has played top-12 foes in consecutive games after losing back-to-back matches against top-ranked Florida State and TCU a month ago.