CU to Host Missouri in Big 12 Opener

Riding the momentum of a six-game win streak, the No. 16 Colorado women's soccer team(6-1) will begin pursuit of its first ever conference title when the Buffs begin Big 12 conference play against Missouri (5-3) Friday afternoon in Boulder. Here is a preview of the match-up.

The Buffaloes have consistently maintained their highest national ranking in program history after propelling themselves into the spotlight following their Sep. 6 victory over then ninth-ranked Denver University. Colorado's only loss on the season came in the opening game when then second-ranked Portland scored in the final three minutes of regulation to steal a 1-0 win over CU. Since, the Buffs have outscored opponents by a combined score of 10-2, and most recently took home the title in the Colorado Women's Soccer Classic after wins over Seton Hall and San Jose State in Boulder last week.

Colorado has most benefited from the performance of sophomore midfielder Fran Munnelly, who has twice been named CU's athlete of the week already this season. Munnelly has scored three goals and two assists with eight total points, and is tied for second on the team with 16 total shots.

Also contributing to Colorado success early this season is freshman sensation Katie Griffin, who herself has tallied three goals on seven points. The Scottsdale, AZ native also leads the team in shots (21) and shots on goal (13).

As a team, Colorado has combined to downright dominate opponents, particularly early in contests. The Buffs have allowed just three goals all season, and have outscored opposition 9-1 in the first half of games.

Meanwhile, Missouri enters Friday's contest looking to rebound from a recent skid, having lost three of their last four games. The Tigers opened the season strong, claiming victories in their first four games including claiming the Nike Tiger Invitational with wins over Purdue and Arizona. Mizzou's recent roadtrip, however, has shown them a bit of trouble. The Tigers lost heartbreaking consecutive games to Mississippi and Mississippi State by a combined score for 3-2. After returning home to Columbia, where they squeezed by Eastern Illinois with a 3-2 overtime win, Missouri was most recently blown out 4-0 by Florida in Gainesville.

CU will finish out its homestand Sunday afternoon against Iowa State before heading next to Texas for a two-game trip that will feature games against Texas Tech and Baylor.

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