Colorado Buffaloes '23

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  1. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
  2. Sports Yak

    Sports Yak Member+

    Jul 17, 2007
    Lakewood
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Outstanding win against NC State. Shira gets two undefended headers.
     
  3. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Buffs and NC State both created chances by getting pasta high defensive line. Both sides couldn't convert. For CU it was earlier in the match with freshman Hope Leyba. In the second half State was able to do so a couple times.

    With both sides unable to score from the run of play it was headers off corners that was the method of scoring for both. For the Buffs it Shyra James off service from Amaya Gonzalez. And kudos to the Buffs as a team for bot hanging their heads after conceding the tying goal in the 87th minute to score the winner in the 90th.

    Highlights

    Buffs host Purdue Sunday at noon. Purdue lost at Southern Cal 0-4 Thursday night.
     
  4. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Highlights from CU's 3-0 win over Purdue.

    Buffs were fairly dominant v Purdue. The Boilermakers weren't able to create many chances and CU while CU got a couple of non set piece goals with Amaya Gonzalez getting the golazo volley and then late in the match Ava Priest was able to get to the dibble to the end line then hit a diagonal ball back away from goal that found a Hope Leyba open for an easy finish.
     
  5. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    CU travels to Albuquerque for a Thursday night match v New Mexico for their first away match of the season. NM comes in with 2 wins and 2 draws. CU returns home Sunday to face Colgate.

    The match is scheduled to be shown on a free live stream available at https://golobos.com/watch/..
     
  6. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Buffs 2-0 ovet NM. Freshman Ava Priest scored in the first half off a direct free kick that went through the keeper's hands. Shyra James sealed the match in the second half when she beat two defenders to a long ball that bounced which put her 1 v 1 with keeper and she calmly finished.

    CU is still a work in progress on the attack. They aren't in sync in the final third and depend a lot of set pieces.

    Highlights
     
  7. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    On a cool and cloudy Sunday afternoon at Prentup Field the Buffs defeated Colgate 2-1. The Buffs first goal came off a Shyra James header from a nice service from Rachel Rosen in the 33rd minute. At that point it looked like CU would glide to a victory as Colgate had trouble generating any sort dangerous. That all changed when Colgate was awarded a PK in the 55th minute due to a handball in the box (CU's coaches strenuously objected) which Ari Bezanson buried. CU responded with the game winner a couple of minutes later when Ava Priest chucked a flip through into the box what Shyra James popped into the air falling eventually to Juliauna Hayward who was able to strike with just the right combination of touch and accuracy to get over the keeper's head.

    In the 64th minute Colgate's Bezanson picked up a second yellow which sent her to the bench with a red. I felt the second yellow was a bit harsh. With this it would seem that the Buffs would be on cruise control, but watching the game it didn't seem that CU had an advantage.

    Twice Ava Priest looked to have given CU a two goal lead but she just narrowly missed the target both times.

    Highlights
     
  8. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
  9. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    CU @ DU Friday night in the only match this weekend for the Buffs. DU comes in with 4 consecutive wins after 4 draws to start the season. CU comes in 7-1. This is a rivalry match for both teams although CU has dominated in recent years winning the last 11.
     
  10. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Freshman Ava Priest from Boulder High is the youngest player to score in a D1 match at 17 yes, 65 days. She graduated HS in three years and has started every match this season. Her goal was at New Mexico last week.
     
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  11. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Buffs get the victory in their final non-conference match of the season 3-1 at DU. It move CU to 8-1 on the season and was the 12th consecutive in the series.

    Interestingly, three of the four goals in this match came via PKs with the Buffs getting the first two.

    Full Highlights

    The challenge gets a little steeper next week when UCLA comes to Boulder Friday night.
     
  12. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Having completed the non-conference portion of the season with a 8-1 record the Buffs open conference play at home v defending national champion UCLA Friday night in Boulder. CU has more non-conference wins than any other Pac 12 side.

    So, what went well? Without a doubt CU is better defensively than a year ago. It starts with Jordan Nytes (So transfer) at keeper and the center back pairing of Greer Maguire (So transfer) and Faith Leyba (Fr) as well as the outside backs and DMs. In nine matches they have conceded four goals and two of them were PKs. Nytes has played every minute and made 31 saves on 35 shots on goal by the opponents for a 0.44 GA per game with five shutouts.

    Both Amaya Gonzalez and Jade Babcock-Chi have been solid in the defensive midfield role thus far. Rachel Rosen on the left side of the backline and Babcock-Chi/Ava Priest* on the right have been solid.

    The issue continues to be the attack. For all the possession in the attacking third there is a lack of creating quality chances and when they do, not consistently finishing them. Danny Sanchez changed the formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 diamond during the spring. Prior to the season it looked like Jenny Beyer was going to be the central attacking midfielder. However, she suffered a torn ACL in the preseason and it looks like the coaches are trying to figure out who is best at the role. For most of the season it’s been Emerson Layne, but that’s not the best fit for her or the team. Thus there have been struggles in creating quality chances in the run of play.

    A good proportion, probably around half of the goals scored have been off of set pieces (corners, free kicks and PKs). It’s hard to imagine they can count on set pieces to produce goals consistently against Pac 12 foes. Thus it may mean that the goal scoring will be sporadic in Pac 12 play which doesn’t bode well for piling up results.

    This doesn’t mean that there isn’t finishing potential on the team, Senior Shyra James has 7 goals in 9 games and if she’s not shy about shooting. After James, there hasn’t been a consistent scorer, but there have been some opportunistic finishes. Freshman forward Hope Leyba can run at and past defenders the next step is putting more balls in the back of the net.

    *Ava Priest at just 17 looks to have a lot of potential and it looks like the coaching staff is trying to figure out her best role. She has started every match initially wide in the midfield and more recently at outside right back. It’s hard to say where she will be most impactful in the long run, but she has the skill set to provide some critical plays.



     
  13. Sports Yak

    Sports Yak Member+

    Jul 17, 2007
    Lakewood
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Interesting game yesterday. UCLA was closer to scoring five goals than CU getting two. UCLA is really good.

    At the same time, the Buffs are better this year. I thought Ava Priest was the only player on CU that could have started for UCLA. She undressed a number of defenders. Really our only chance to score was on a set piece—which Shyra did. But neither she nor Hope was able to generate any offense other than set pieces.
     
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  14. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    I was out of town last weekend, to I missed thee 1-2 loss to UCLA in Boulder. Looks like there was a large crowd but the game wasn't as close as the score indicates.

    Tonight the Buffs are in Eugene and then travel to Corvalis on Sunday afternoon. Looks like Oregon is really struggling this season and OSU isn't doing so well either. For CU to have a shot at an at large bid it would seem these are both must win matches.

    http://CUBuffs.com/WatchSoc
     
  15. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
  16. Sports Yak

    Sports Yak Member+

    Jul 17, 2007
    Lakewood
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Playing undefeated Stanford at home on Thursday. Also on PAC-12 Mountain. The couldn’t generate offense against UCLA, but we are improving.

    A test against a decent Cal team on Sunday.
     
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  17. Sports Yak

    Sports Yak Member+

    Jul 17, 2007
    Lakewood
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    0-0 tie against Cal. Beautiful day in Boulder. The soccer was uninspired. Really, if you weren’t a fan of either team, almost unwatchable. But the view of the Flatirons was striking.
     
  18. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Watched both games in person. In both the team effort was better in the first half and devolved in the second half to a lot of individual efforts.

    Against Stanford, the team did a good job with the high press early which resulted in the goal. They looked to be in good shape all the way until Stanford's first goal which came from a long unchallenged run by Jasmine Aikey who had a lot of time to find an open spot in the net. Once Stanford scored their second goal it was game over, The Buffs weren't working well together in the second half and it was clear no more goals were coming.

    Like they did Thursday night v Stanford, CU started out well as a team and was able to earn a lot of corners a few of which they were close to converting. Going into the second half without a goal the individual efforts were okay, but they just weren't working well together in terms of passing and connecting so the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

    Current RPI is #57, ouch!
     
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  19. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Plus Ralphie was in attendance prior to the game!

    Yup, the view was spectacular as always.
     
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  20. cachundo

    cachundo Marketa Davidova. Unicorn. World Champion

    GO STANFORD!
    Feb 8, 2002
    Genesis 16:12...He shall be a wild ass among men
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Colorado's score came off a poorly cleared ball from a corner kick, not necessarily from a high press, the defender sent the ball straight to an opponent instead of being sent out the touchline.

    When did you get lights?

    Are the bleachers on a double-wide? What happens to them after soccer season?

    Nice view for a soccer game :thumbsup:
     
  21. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
    Lights were in place sometime this summer. They've been a long time comin'

    The bleachers at Prentup have always been mobile and are only in place for home games. The team uses that space during training sessions.

    Yes, the long term goal is to have a proper stadium with some of the seating permanent.
     
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  22. Eddie K

    Eddie K Member+

    May 5, 2007
    Chris Henderson, in his first look at a draw projection has CU out and ASU in. Assume that means a win over ASU is necessary to get in. Any of you folks agree with that?

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  23. unkiemark

    unkiemark Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Boulder
  24. Sports Yak

    Sports Yak Member+

    Jul 17, 2007
    Lakewood
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    The tie against Cal on Sunday was a missed opportunity. Cal and Washington St. are still in the mix.
     

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