Soccer Begins Texas Road Trip Against Tech

The seventeenth ranked University of Colorado soccer team (8-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) will begin the first of a pair of two-game Big 12 conference road trips Friday when they travel to Lubbock, TX to take on Texas Tech (2-5-1; 1-1) at 6:00 p.m. Here is a match preview.

The Buffaloes will be looking to improve on their best start in program history, and will play to extend their current nine game win streak that began in Colorado's second game of the regular season following CU's only loss of the year; a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to then-second ranked Portland University on Aug. 29.

Colorado is coming off a 2-0 dismantling of Big 12 foe Iowa State Sunday in Boulder, in which freshman Katie Griffin scored her team high fifth and sixth goals of the season, single-handedly lifting the decidedly less experienced Buffs over the Cyclones much in the same manner CU has done all year. Forward Kathryn Grandinetti earned assists on both goals and played in all but two minutes of Sunday's contest. CU outshot Iowa State in each of the first and second periods, and 17-5 on the game as a whole.

Behind Griffin's team-leading goal total, four other Buffs have at least a pair of goals on a season in which the Buffaloes have outscored opponents by a combined score of 18-5, including a fully dominant 11-3 in the first period. Two-time CU athlete of the week Fran Munnelly has netted three goals on 23 shots. The sophomore has contributed to the CU effort in many other ways, including a total of four assists which is second on the team only to Grandinetti's six. Grandinetti herself has also earned a 10 point offensive effort on the season including scoring twice on just six shots on goal.

The success of the Lady Raider, on the other hand, has been far less consistent. Texas Tech was able to rebound Sunday defeating Kansas at home less than a week after dropping a devastating 6-0 result to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. In fact, Texas Tech's first win of the regular season didn't come until Sep. 21 against Southwest Texas State. Prior to that, the Lady Raiders had dropped non-conference losses to SMU, TCU, and North Texas, while playing to a 1-1 tie to Stephen F. Austin.

CU continues its Texas swing Sunday, concluding the weekend on against Baylor. The match is scheduled for a noon kickoff.

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