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Colorado soccer: Buffs add Big 12 Goalkeeper of the Year Jordan Nytes


In a state rich with soccer talent, many women’s players understandably take their skills elsewhere to dive into new experiences.

Yet it’s also not uncommon when those players begin to yearn for home, and landing those transfers has provided a huge boon to the Colorado women’s soccer program in recent seasons. Buffaloes head coach Danny Sanchez recently landed another native Colorado player intent on finishing their career back home in former Oklahoma State goalkeeper Jordan Nytes.

A 2022 graduate of Grandview High School in Aurora, Nytes earned the Big 12 Conference’s co-Goalkeeper of the Year honor this past fall. She joins a list of Colorado natives who began their careers elsewhere only to join the Buffs that includes last year’s leading scorer Civana Kuhlmann and Monarch graduate Dani Hansen, the starting goalkeeper the past three seasons.

That group also includes recent CU standouts such as Megan Massey, Tatum Barton, Becca Rasmussen, Gabbi Chapa, and Sofia Weiner.

Nytes, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining, became the first true freshman at Oklahoma State to earn first-team all-conference honors after posting a Big 12 Conference-leading save percentage of .841 while starting all 17 matches. Nytes competed for the Real Colorado club program and helped lead Grandview to the 2022 Class 5A state championship.

Last month, Sanchez and the Buffs also added former Columbia forward/midfielder Ally Clark. A first-team All-Ivy League selection in 2021, Clark posted eight goals and 11 assists in three seasons at Columbia.