Mark Leffingwell / Staff Photographer
Mark Leffingwell / Staff Photographer
Season tickets start at just $25 for general admission and are on sale now by vising CUBuffs.com or by calling 303-49-BUFFS. Also, new this year is the Women’s Sports Pass, which gives you general admission seating to all home soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball games for just $125. Purchase your Women’s Sports Pass today online at CUBuffs.com or by calling 303-49-BUFFS to save over 50 percent off the single game price.
Fri, Aug 28: Brigham Young at Provo, Utah
Sun, Aug 30: New Mexico in Boulder
Fri, Sep 04: Cincinnati in Boulder
Sun, Sep 06: Iowa State in Boulder
Fri, Sep 11: Denver (Colorado Cup) at Denver
Sun, Sep 13: Northwestern in Boulder
Sun, Sep 20: Villanova in Boulder
Sun, Sep 27: California in Boulder
Fri, Oct 02: Oregon at Eugene, Ore.
Sun, Oct 04: Oregon State at Corvallis, Ore.
Fri, Oct 09: Washington in Boulder
Sun, Oct 11: Washington State in Boulder
Fri, Oct 16: Stanford at Stanford, Calif.
Fri, Oct 23: UCLA at Los Angeles, Calif.
Sun, Oct 25: USC at Los Angeles, Calif.
Fri, Oct 30: Arizona in Boulder
Sun, Nov 01: Arizona State in Boulder
Fri, Nov 06: Utah at Salt Lake City, Utah
Fri, Nov 13: NCAA First Round
Fri, Nov 20: NCAA Second Round
Sun, Nov 22: NCAA Third Round
Fri, Nov 27: NCAA Quarterfinals
Fri, Dec 04: NCAA College Cup Semifinals Cary, N.C.
Sun, Dec 06: NCAA College Cup Championship Cary, N.C.
Green promoted to associate head coach
University of Colorado head soccer coach Danny Sanchez announced the promotion of Jason Green to associate head coach.
“I have known Jason since he played youth soccer and then college soccer for me,” said Sanchez. “He is passionate about our student-athletes, university and soccer program. Jason buys into our culture of work ethic, loyalty and the vision. He is very deserving of this promotion and we are excited for the future of Colorado soccer.”
Green is in his fourth season with the Buffaloes and will continue to serve as the goalkeeper director.
Since joining CU in 2011, Green has helped the team to a combined 36-22-7 record and its best defensive performances in program history, highlighted by a program-record-tying 12 shutouts last season. The Ottawa (Ariz.) University graduate also has played an instrumental role in guiding CU to back-to-back 14-win seasons and two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances along with a program best third-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference last year.
Under his direction, Green has guided the goalkeepers to a combined goals-against average of 1.10 or better in each of his three seasons.
Green came to CU after serving as an assistant on Sanchez’s staff at the University of Wyoming. During Green’s four year tenure at Wyoming, the Cowgirls were 36-34-11.
If ever there was a perfect season in which to have an overabundance of talent between the pipes, this is it for the University of Colorado women’s soccer team.
While head coach Danny Sanchez is staunch in his support of the Buffaloes’ projected back line, CU nonetheless will be replacing three of its 2014 defensive starters. It is a potentially disconcerting problem for any coach, yet for Sanchez the depth of goalkeeping behind that defensive line provides some assurance that CU can weather any growing pains suffered by the team’s new starters.
Sanchez didn’t commit to a starter for the season opener last week against Colorado State — a third-year program led by former CU coach Bill Hempen — but indicated it still is incumbent starter Kate Scheele’s job to lose even with talented freshmen Scout Watson (a redshirt freshman) and Jalen Tompkins pushing for playing time.
“It’s a tough one. Kate hasn’t done anything to lose the position,” Sanchez said. “I think Scout has improved tremendously with her fitness, and she’s very good. I think those two have done very well, and (Tompkins) has come in and she’s been everything as advertised.
“It’s a bit of an embarrassment of riches there. We have three Pac-12 keepers that we feel can win in the Pac-12. At least a couple of them will get playing time early, but eventually we will settle on one.”
After making consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, bowing out last year in the second round against perennial power North Carolina in an overtime thriller, the Buffs once again are harboring high expectations. Once Pac-12 Conference play begins on Sept. 27 at home against Cal, there will be no days off in a league widely considered among the best in the nation. However, with the wealth of talent in goal and an array of veteran forwards and midfielders that should give CU an attack both diverse and resilient, the Buffs appear primed for the challenge.
CU welcomes back junior Brie Hooks, who led the club in goals (eight) and assists (seven) last year, in addition to seniors Kahlia Hogg (four goals, four assists) and Madi Krauser (three goals, four assists).
“We’ve been preparing for this season since the moment we ended last year, and it’s finally here,” Krauser said. “I think our attack is very strong. We’re working on the back line and moving players into different positions, and after our scrimmage on Saturday I think we’re looking great. I’m the most excited I’ve ever been for a season, I have to say.”
Although making waves in the rugged Pac-12 Conference ultimately will decide the Buffs’ NCAA tournament fate once November arrives, CU is equally focused on capturing the Colorado Cup, which bestows bragging rights to the winner of the competition between the state’s Division I programs. That mission begins Friday at 5 p.m. in Fort Collins.
“It’s just as big,” senior forward Emily Paxton said. “Every game matters, and we especially love the in-state ones with the rivalries. We’ll take it game-by-game, and it starts with winning the Colorado Cup.”
In the first meeting ever between the state rivals last season, CU posted a season-opening 2-0 win against the Rams at home.
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