Buffs Claim Last Minute Victory over Wyoming

When the University of Colorado soccer program recruited freshman Katie Griffin from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona last spring, they expected the prep standout to make somewhat of a statement on the team, even as soon as this season. Her notable speed, agility, and team-oriented work ethic so impressed the team, that Griffin was the team's first offseason priority following the conclusion of last season.

She had earned a host of athletic awards and notations during her high school career, including being named all-city, all-region and all-state honors and her team's most valuable player, one that earned a state title last year during her senior year. All that on top of being a four-year member of the National Honor Society, the Chicago native excelled academically in high school with specialty honors in English and World History

Still, not even the largest proponents of Griffin could have possibly foreseen just how much of an impact she's had on the Buffs early season, which has seen the team nationally ranked for the first time ever. In the team's opening four games of the 2003 season, Griffin accounted for a team-high three goals, the most recent of which gave CU their third win of the year in Laramie.

Griffin scored her second game-winning goal of the season in the 87th minute to break a 35-minute long tie and lead Colorado (3-1) to their third straight win, a 2-1 topping of Wyoming (2-2) at a windy Wyoming Soccer Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Colorado opened scoring when a Kathryn Grandinetti shot in the eighth minute was blocked and sent back into play then picked up by Maddy Minnis, who netted her first career score when her shot went past Cowgirl goalie Lori Scheider.

With Colorado on the attack nearing the end of the half, the Cowgirls were called for a handball outside the goal box and allowed a CU direct free kick taken by Fran Munnelly in the 32nd minute. Munnelly picked up the ball and her cross was fed out to Minnis whose shot sailed high in CU's best attempt for the go-ahead-goal in the opening half, but one that ultimately ended in a 1-1 tie.

Well into a rowdy and even windier second half, Colorado broke the stalemate with just 2:25 left on the clock when Orly Ripmaster headed a pass off the right post and headed into the left corner by Griffin which sealed the win.

With the win, Colorado is set continue their longest road set of the season Sunday against New Mexico before returning to Boulder Friday and Sunday, Sept. 19th and 21st for the annual Women's Colorado Kickoff Classic.

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