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Civana Kuhlmann lands first team All-Pac-12 honors for CU Buffs soccer

BOULDER,CO-September 23:Colorado's Civana Kuhlmann(4) is on ...
Colorado’s Civana Kuhlmann was picked in the fourth round (37th overall) in te NWSL draft. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Civana Kuhlmann made the most of her one season with the Colorado women’s soccer team. Local product Juliauna Hayward showed there might be a future star in the Buffaloes’ freshman class.

Both players were honored on Tuesday as the Pac-12 Conference announced its postseason women’s soccer awards. Kuhlmann led the way for CU by earning a spot in the first team all-conference squad, while Hayward, a graduate of Legacy High and the BoCoPreps girls soccer player of the year last spring, landed on the all-freshman team.

Kuhlmann, a native of Centennial, believed she had completed her collegiate career at Stanford and was recovering from an injury at home early in 2022. When Kuhlmann’s health improved ahead of schedule, she reached out to CU coach Danny Sanchez about spending the extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA for the 2020-21 pandemic season in Boulder.

The fit proved fruitful. Kuhlmann recorded 12 goals this season, a mark that tied for second all-time in program history with Katie Griffin (2005), Jorian Baucom (2018) and Taylor Kornieck (2019). With six assists, Kuhlmann finished with 30 points, which also tied Baucom and Kornieck for second in team history.

Kuhlmann helped lead CU to a total of 42 goals this season, which tied the 2006 team for the fourth-most in program history.

“We’re obviously very pleased that Civana decided to join us for her senior year,” Sanchez said. “She immediately impacted us on and off the field and had a fantastic year. She had a lot to prove, battling back from her injuries and she proved it to the soccer world with her performance this year. We’re excited about her professional soccer future.”

Hayward started the first 14 games of the season but missed the final six due to an injury. Hayward’s last appearance was a 1-0 home win against Oregon on Oct. 9. Without Hayward, the Buffs didn’t win again, going 0-4-2 in the final six games to fall short of an NCAA Tournament berth.

Hayward scored a goal in her collegiate debut in a season-opening win against Weber State, finishing the season with two goals and four assists.

“Juliauna had a fantastic freshman year,” Sanchez said. “She established herself as a starter and a key part of our attack from day one. We’re disappointed that she missed the end of the season, but we’re really excited about her future and what she can do for our program going forward.

The Pac-12 player of the year awards went to Arizona State’s Nicole Douglas (forward of the year), USC’s Croix Bethune (midfielder), UCLA’s Lilly Reale (defender), Oregon’s Leah Freeman (goalkeeper), and Stanford’s Elise Evans (Stanford). UCLA’s Margueritte Aozasa was named the coach of the year.