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STANFORD, Calif. – Although the effort was good, the late-season slide of the Colorado soccer team continued on Sunday.

Seventh-ranked Stanford scored late in the first half and found the net again in the second to hand the Buffaloes a 2-0 loss at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

CU (8-7-4, 2-6-2 Pac-12) was shut out for the fourth time in the last five matches, but gave the Cardinal a battle throughout the afternoon.

“I told the team after the game that we’re never happy to lose, but we’re really proud of the effort today,” head coach Danny Sanchez said. “Anybody who watched the game today could see the work the team put in. We played really well in the first half. We limited them to three shots on goal. Unfortunately, just a little breakdown right before halftime. It was disappointing but it didn’t break our spirit. I thought the second half we came out and played well. We limited their chances in the final third, we just didn’t quite have enough in the final third to get back into it.”

The Buffs remain winless all-time against the Cardinal (0-13-1), including 0-8 at Stanford. CU also fell to 0-7-4 in its last 11 against ranked opponents and 0-5-4 in the last nine games on the road.

Despite those ugly streaks, and coming off a disappointing 4-0 loss at No. 25 California on Thursday, the Buffs hung with Stanford.

The game was a scoreless tie until Stanford’s Abby Gruebel scored in the 45th minute. Catherine Paulson added a goal in the 75th minute for the Cardinal.

Stanford controlled play for most of the day, out-shooting the Buffs 19-6, including a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal. Stanford also had 10 corner kicks, while the Buffs didn’t have any.

Buffs’ keeper Bella Grust kept her team in the game, however, with eight saves, including six in the second half.

“We competed very well compared to some of our previous matches,” Sanchez said. “I thought we defended really well and Bella played well in goal. The team gave us 90 minutes and at the end of the day, we told them that whatever result gave us 90 minutes we’ll be happy. They gave us 90 minutes of hard work today.”

Former Stanford forward Civana Kuhlmann, in her first year with the Buffs, made her return to the Farm. The Chatfield High School graduate, now a senior at CU, had two shots against her former team.

“It’s a strange experience,” she said. “It was super awesome and honestly really fun to be back. Even being here since Wednesday, I feel like I’ve just enjoyed it, for everything to come full circle. This is an opportunity I never thought I’d get. This whole season is an opportunity I didn’t think I’d get. To get to play on this field one more time was super symbolic. It means a lot just to be able to go out there and compete and leave it all out there.”

No. 7 Stanford 2, Colorado 0

Colorado       0  0 – 0

Stanford        1  1 – 2

Goals – Stanford: Gruebel (unassisted), 45th minute; Paulson (Williams, Enge), 75th minute.

Goalies (min-goals allowed-saved) – CU: Grust (90-2-8). Stanford: Campbell (90-0-3).