BOULDER, Colo. - The Colorado soccer team jumped up seven spots this week in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The Buffaloes enter the week at No. 17 in the nation, hosting Oregon and Oregon State this weekend.
Colorado is getting contributions from all over the field this season. Senior Taylor Kornieck leads the squad with her 21 points. She starts the weekend tied with former Buff Nikki Marshall for CU's all-time career points lead (93).
"It means the world to me [tying the record]," Kornieck commented. "Honestly, I'm just focusing on one game at a time. I just want to make sure I help the team as best as I can to make the tournament."
12 total Buffs have at least one point this season. Two of CU's top-three leading scorers are rookies. Roo Yarnell-Williams and Tessa Barton both have three goals in their freshen season. Barton has an assist to her name to give her the edge over Yarnell-Williams with seven points.
The freshman class as a whole has all been thrown into the mix by head coach Danny Sanchez. Only the two goalkeepers, Megan Short and Emma Miller, and Allie Palangi, who is recovering from injury, haven't seen the field this season,
"Roo and Tessa have done some good things," Sanchez explained. "I like the entire class. Amaya [Gonzalez], Jade [Babcock-Chi], Megan and Emma in goal have been competing well with JJ [Tompkins]. Alyssa Duke in the back, who hasn't gotten too many minutes because of the stability we have in the back, but she brings it every day.
"We don't carry a big roster because we expect everyone to be ready to play," Sanchez continued. "We have had some injuries with Sofia [Weiner], Roo and Allie being out but we have had other players who are stepping up."
Along with the freshmen, CU's two transfers have played big roles this season as well. Sophomore Hannah Sharts has started every match and leads all field players with 894 minutes. Junior Haileigh Adams has played in eight matches this season and has proven to be a versatile player that can fill multiple spots.
The Buffs open the Pac-12 home slate on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) against Oregon. The Ducks are 4-2-3 this season overall and 0-1-0 in the Pac-12. Oregon fell 2-1 to Washington last week. The Ducks have wins over Portland State, Villanova, Furman and Buffalo this season.
Oregon State (8-1-0, 0-1-0) suffered its first loss of the season last week at Washington State. The Beavers, under new head coach Matt Kagan, are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll. OSU has surrendered just five goals this season, outscoring its opponents 22-5.
Vuvuzelas will be handed out to fans before the Oregon match. The game will also be streamed on Facebook Live. Sunday will be another Sunday Funday against Oregon State. There will be inflatables and other activities for kids. Sunday will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.