Grandinetti scores first goal in 1-0 win

The sixteenth-ranked University of Colorado soccer team continued their winning ways Sunday afternoon, utilizing Kathryn Grandinetti's first career goal in the 16th minute to lift the Buffs over New Mexico 1-0.

The win lifts Colorado to a flawless 3-0 on their first extended road trip of the season, following wins against Denver, Wyoming, and then New Mexico on Sunday prior to returning to Boulder for the annual Women's Soccer Classic this week. CU's dominance was felt more by the Lady Lobos than may have been apparent on the scoreboard. Colorado completely controlled the pace of the first half, punching through to score on their second shot of the game when Grandinetti weaved through the New Mexico defense just outside the penalty area and her shot reached the lower left reached past UNM keeper Kristen Winters for Grandinetti's first goal of the season and the 1-0 CU lead.

New Mexico's best chance to answer CU's score in the 23rd minute fell short as short passes between Kristine Sweat, Coco D'Angelo and Rachael Addison were broken up by Alyssa Burgess.

That pace continued for New Mexico throughout the game, but each scoring effort the Lobos put together was turned away by CU's experience defensive staff, anchored by Burgess.

Each battling with a slightly heightened sense of urgency, both teams entered the second half on the offensive, combining for nine shots in the first 17 minutes of the half. Freshman Katie Griffin launched the team's first shot of the half in the 48th minute from point blank range which was snagged turned away.

Lobo momentum answered the early second half Buff intensity in the 53rd when a Lobo corner-kick produced a scramble in front of the CU net and a shot by UNM's Addison was picked up by Keller. Two minutes later, a big time serve from Jen Thais to Grandinetti in the goal box was broken up by Ashley Lowery and Nicole McCarthy before being thwarted by the Lobo defense.

CU got off to a fast start on the season, their only loss coming in their opening game 1-0 to then-second ranked Portland University. Since, the streaking Buffaloes haven't lost, and have outscored opponents 7-2 in three road games and a home matchup against Georgia.

Colorado will take their first national ranking in program history for a spin in their own tournament this Friday, when they will play Seton Hall and San Jose State over the weekend in the Colorado Women's Soccer Classic.

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