Buffs Oust Minnesota on Record afternoon

During a season in which the No. 12 University of Colorado soccer team (11-1 Overall; 4-0 Big 12) had done just about everything conceivable to enhance their ranks in the Big 12 and in the eyes of an eager collegiate soccer nation, it seemed like the Buffs might have peaked too early; that there would be nothing left for Colorado to do to improve on its start that's already the best in program history. Then they did it.

Having already knocking off a ranked team, and losing just a single game in a season which is already three-fourths complete, you would wonder what else they could possibly do?

How about top it all off with a non-conference shellacking of a team who handed you a loss were still talking about when Colorado played host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-7-1; 2-4 Big 10) a year ago in Minneapolis.

Kathryn Grandinetti and Orly Ripmaster each scored a pair of goals, while Ashlie Mihalcin and Katie Griffin each added scores of their own in Colorado's 6-0 routing of Minnesota in Boulder Friday afternoon, setting numerous records in the process.

In what was by far CU's most notable game of the season, the Buffs completely controlled pace of the action from bell to bell, statistically and morally owning the Gophers in every conceivable manner. In the process the Buffs broke several team, individual, and program records including: single season wins (11), single game points (18), goals (6), scoring margin (6), season shutouts (6), and individual single season and freshman class goals (Katie Griffin, 8). Keeper Jessica Keller officially removed the asterisk from the single season shutouts mark with an even six, to match CU's offensive production on the game.

"It is awesome to show so much diversity with so many different girls scoring goals," Grandinetti quoted simply on her team's performance.

Other players had different ideas on their teams' sudden offensive outburst.

"Right now I decided I have to start scoring when I get opportunities," said Ripmaster who has, in fact, stepped into the Buff offense to represent a surprising number of their recent goals. "It's about time I started to finish. It feels good to see the ball go in."

Colorado has now won 11 games this regular season since opening the year with a 1-0 loss to then second-ranked Portland Aug. 29. Since, Colorado hasn't lost and has outscored the opposition by a massive 31-5 margin. The streak, which matches the team's win total, has seen the Buffs pitch seven shutouts, including two in a row taking into account Friday's win.

Colorado will benefit from just one full day off before they resume Big 12 conference play against the Oklahoma Sooners Sunday afternoon in Norman, OK.


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