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2019 NCAA Soccer tournament - Buffs host Northern Colorado (Saturday, 11/16, noon)

I didn't either. My heart sank when Utah got announced because I didn't think the Pac-12 would get nine teams in. Four teams left to announce, where's Northern Colorado, that would be a home game for us, you don't suppose ... YES !! We've only scored more than two goals once all season, and that was 4-0 over UNC, and their goalkeeper kind of gave us two of them. I'm so happy for the seniors, and it's good for recruiting. Not looking ahead past this game, but I looked ahead and it would be at the other UNC. That's #1 UNC. Oops. But we've been to the Carolinas before in the playoffs, lost 1-0 in overtime in 2014 to #8 North Carolina, then 1-0 in 2017 when they were #3, also 1-0 in 2016 at #3 South Carolina on a penalty kick.

Last time we played them they were at the end of tough road games in a row. Now they just roared through their tournament, playing at home. We got one shot on goal at Utah. They have momentum, this one won't be easy.
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I will make this the official match thread.

An initial preview has already been written-

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/11/11/soccer-colorado-hosts-first-round-of-ncaa-tournament.aspx

Full article-
BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes erupted in celebration upon hearing their name announced towards the end of Monday's NCAA Women's Soccer selection show. Danny Sanchez and Co. will host Northern Colorado, in first-round play.

Kickoff is set for noon MT on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth. CU and Northern Colorado students are $6 with a student ID. Broadcast information will be announced when it becomes available.

Colorado finished the year with an 11-7-2 record. The Buffs had seven matches against teams in the top-40 RPI, including a statement win on the road at then No. 21 Washington. The Pac-12 Conference is well represented, boasting nine teams in this year's tournament.

Northern Colorado (9-10-4) was the No. 4 seed in the Big Sky Tournament and rattled off three consecutive wins to earn the conference's automatic bid.

The Buffs waited 365 days to get their shot at redemption. Colorado was on the outside looking in after last season's selections were announced. The team has had a full year to think about that day and made it a goal to not be left out this time around.

"I'm very happy for the team," Sanchez stated. "But I'm really happy for our five seniors. Last year was disheartening, but that is the nature of sports. I thought that the team worked really hard and committed themselves. Just like a lot of teams, we had to deal with adversity. But they got results when they needed to. They earned their way into the NCAA Tournament."

Last season's abrupt end helped fuel Colorado's desire, even more, this season.

"We've always had this [bad] taste in our mouth and we knew what it was like," senior Stephanie Zuniga recalled about last season's finish. "To sit there last year and not hear our name called was super heartbreaking. It was super unfortunate because of the great season we had, but ultimately it just wasn't enough.

"This year we've had our ups and downs and I'm just glad we were able to have an opportunity to get another shot. We're hosing a great team and we're really happy and excited. We just have so many emotions going on right now."

Saturday's first-round will be a rematch from earlier this season. Colorado hosted Northern Colorado back on Sept. 19, resulting in a 4-0 win for the Buffs. Senior Taylor Kornieck scored two of CU's three first-half goals. Freshman Tessa Barton and junior Katie Joella picked up goals three and four.

That was then. This is now.

"The match earlier this year might as well have been five years ago," Sanchez explained. "Northern Colorado played a brutal non-conference schedule, including a couple of stretches where they played three games in five days on the road. Our match against them was their third in a row against a Power 5 team on the road. We were pleased we won the match at the time, but I don't think it has any bearing on the match this Saturday.

"UNC is playing with a ton of confidence. They are very well-coached. I have a lot of respect for Tim [Barrera] and their program. They are coming off three huge wins at home and have a ton of momentum. We are expecting a battle."

The selection to the 64-team tournament field is the 11th in CU's 24-year history. It is the fifth time the team has made the NCAA Tournament under Sanchez's lead, including the third in the last four years.

Colorado is 9-10-1 overall in NCAA Tournament play, including a 5-4-0 record since Sanchez arrived in Boulder.

Tickets - https://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS:IBM:WS19:NCAA1:&linkID=colorado&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=WSNCAA&cgc=&_ga=2.194917229.1596857521.1573399183-527553426.1535488137

Match Media links -

Live video -
Match is being shown live on the Pac 12 Mountain channel. For those whose Cable/ Satellite/ Cord Cutting subscription includes access to that Pac 12 channel, assume the match can also be streamed through a link at https://pac-12.com/womens-soccer/event/2019/11/16/northern-colorado-colorado .

Live stats (Assume the normal link will work, in which case it is) - https://cubuffs.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary
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National #1 as second game. Brutal draw, but pleased they are there.
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Nice win. I think this might have been the best game of the year for the buffs. CU controlled the game and it could have bee worse and they hit two posts and had at least 2 more great chances to score. It was nice to see the freshman score and that Kornieck did not have to shoulder the entire load. Now on to better UNC (probably). Good crowd as well


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Great win.

Bring on UNC.

I look at the tournament seeding the way Coach Calipari talks about it -- if you're gonna win it, you're gonna have to beat great teams. Doesn't matter which round you face a top seed.


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Note- After probably one of the most predictable results of the tournament, it will be #1 ranked North Carolina the Buffs will face, as they defeated Belmont 5-0 this evening.