Then again, things haven't exactly turned out the way anyone thought they would this season for the soccer team that has thus far proven to be the best in the school's history. Instead, CU's leading goal sorcerer is a freshman, the unchallenged assist leader is a sophomore and, even most shocking to CU fans, the team is 9-1 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 play and nationally ranked, not counting a pair of exhibition wins.
Ripmaster, a senior and Boulder native, scored on the first shot of the game and on the Buffalo's first shot of the second half, as Colorado upended a surprisingly feisty Baylor team 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Waco for a Big 12 leading fourth conference victory. The win was CU's first over the Lady Bears in six years, and the first ever away from Boulder.
"We've been on the same side of the street when we were coming off an emotional win at Denver, then having to come back and win our next game, so I think our kids understood what (Baylor) had done and what we had to do to beat them," Hempen said after his team's most recent victory.
Colorado upended then-fifth ranked Denver University on Aug. 29 in the team's second regular season game of the year and hasn't lost since; winning four conference games and a tournament title in the past weeks.
Colorado's win followed a Baylor victory in which they upset nationally ranked Nebraska. The energizing win put the Bears in position for a possible sweep over ranked teams, a plan that Ripmaster single handedly thrashed Sunday.
"I couldn't throw my hands up in the air to celebrate because I've been having shoulder problems, but I was pretty happy for sure," said Ripmaster. The fifth year senior, who spent all of 2002 in Paris studying abroad, graduated from Harvard last year. She's using her last year of eligibility to play for Colorado while pursuing a post-graduate degree in Journalism and Communications.
"We're not quite halfway through the conference season," Hempen concluded as his team was boarding the bus back to Boulder. "We much prefer to be where we are as to where we've been."