No.12 Soccer Set to Begin Homestand Against Kansas

The 12th ranked University of Colorado soccer team will make one final two-game curtain call this weekend, beginning Friday afternoon with their matchup against Caroline Smith and the frightening Kansas offense.

The No. 12 University of Colorado soccer team will begin their final multi-game homestand of the season against Big 12 foe Kansas Friday afternoon in Boulder. The Buffs have enjoyed the last five days, using them to rest and recoup from a strenuous 0-0 tie at No. 18 Oklahoma on Oct. 12.

Last week's result was just the second scoreless tie in program history, and the first since a blank draw against Texas Tech during the 1998 season. The victory extends CU's current unbeaten streak to a conference best 12 games.

Prior to the tie against Oklahoma, the Buffs had won four consecutive conference games by a combined score of 18-3, along with a Big 10 game against Minnesota, which CU won 6-0.

While Colorado has maintained the tendency of drastically outscoring nearly each and every opposition it has faced thus far this season, the Buffaloes' offensive production has been surprisingly spread out.

Freshman sensation Katie Griffin continues her history-making effort in 2003, maintaining team highs in goals (7), shots (30), and shots on goal (21). Behind the outstanding efforts of Griffin, sophomore midfielder and Arvada native Fran Munnelly has expectedly produced more than her fair share of Colorado's offensive success, herself netting five goals for CU, while leading the team with 16 points. Six other Buffaloes have combined for 12 additional goals, including Jen Thais and Oryl Ripmaster, who each have three.

The Jayhawks offense, on the other hand, is very centered on on particular player: Caroline Smith. Smith, a sophomore from Edina, Minnesota, has been responsible for nearly half of her team's offensive production, scoring an incredible 14 goals on a team that has netted just 30 on the season altogether. Riding the All-American caliber performance of Smith, the Jayhawks have made a name for themselves in a Big 12 conference that had been largely overshadowed by CU's historic year.

The Buffs conclude their final homestand and second to last game in Boulder of the year Sunday against Oklahoma State on what is sure to be a long, but vital, weekend for CU's history-pacing soccer team.

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