Soccer Blanks Iowa State to Keep Streak Alive

In the opening stanza to a 2003 athletic year that's seen CU's football, volleyball, and golf teams grab regional and even national attention, none have Buff fans around the country buzzing like the school's soccer team. The Lady Buffs are currently ranked higher in any national poll in its respective sport than any of the others currently in season.

Something like that just doesn't happen by itself. A certain amount of luck mixed with a little bit of irony have been with the Lady Buffs since they started their near-flawless campaign a little more than a month ago now, and CU fans got a case study of just how much a factor those two elements have contributed in their team's success Sunday afternoon at the Pleasant View Soccer Complex in Boulder.

Surrounded by conference, regional, and national all-mentionables and award winners, freshman forward Katie Griffin recorded her second multi-score game of the season, driving home both Buff goals as No. 17 Colorado shutout Big 12 conference rival Iowa State 2-0 Sunday afternoon, bringing the Buffs' record-long win streak to eight games and counting.

Fresh off a competitive win over Missouri in Colorado's conference opener on Friday, Griffin did her part to put away the Cyclones early, netting her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the eighth minute of the game. Kathryn Grandinetti picked up her equally vital fifth assist of the season when her brilliant touch pass to Griffin brought ISU keeper Beth Chapman well out of ideal position and gave Griffin the clear line of sight for the easy score.

Colorado earned an insurance goal in the 85th minute when a Grandinetti to Griffin connection in the middle of the box was converted on the freshman's fourth and final shot of the game for the drop shot score.

The statistical list of just how much better this year's team is in relation to any other squad in the program history is overwhelming. Both CU's start on the season, as well as their current eight game win streak are school records, and Griffin's five goals on the year have already just over halfway through the season broken the previous mark of four by any freshman.

"She should have had six goals," remarked Coach Bill Hempen of his star freshman's Sunday afternoon performance. "She's a great player and quick on the turn, but she needs to alleviate some of the pressure off me."

While her coach more joking about her ability, Griffin herself seemed to have a more anchored view of her early success.

"Every time I get the ball, I try to go hard," the freshman said simply. "Sometimes it goes in, other times it doesn't. Sometimes it's just luck. I definitely want to finish on every opportunity, but that's something I'll have to work on."

Whether a result of luck or not, Colorado hopes to ride its unprecedented success into their first conference road trip of the season beginning later this week when the Buffaloes will be slated against Texas Tech on Friday and Baylor on Sunday.

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