CSU women's soccer to open 2018 season with a pair of road matches

The Colorado State women's soccer team will open its 2018 season this week with a pair of road matches against in-state rivals Denver and Colorado.
 
The Rams’ first contest is Thursday at 7 p.m. MT and will take place at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium. The matchup with the Rams is also the season opener for Denver, who finished their 2017 campaign with an 11-9-1 record, and have been tabbed the preseason Summit League favorites in 2018. 

Denver returns a talented roster that includes 2017 Summit League Freshman of the Year Meg Halvorson and Hannah Adler, who scored nine goals and tallied 22 points for the Pioneers a year ago. 

When these two programs met last season, DU was able to come away with a slim 1-0 victory in overtime. CSU has won two of the previous three matches against the Pioneers though. 

Following the trip to Denver, CSU will head to Boulder on Saturday for an afternoon rivalry game against CU. The match is currently slated for 3:30 p.m. MT at Prentup Field.  

The Buffaloes finished 12-6-4 last season and were projected by the PAC 12 coaches to finish fifth in the league this season. Noteworthy returners for the Buffaloes include forward Taylor Kornieck, a Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Third-Team All-American and one of 44 players on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List (nation's most outstanding player).
 
Each of the Rams' first two matches of the 2018 season are part of the annual Colorado Cup, which features matches between each of the in-state Division I collegiate soccer programs. Each of the six teams play three matches, and a champion is determined based off record in competition, where a victory equals three points and a draw is worth one. The Rams' final designated Colorado Cup match will be their home opener against Northern Colorado on Thursday, Aug. 23.
 
Each of Colorado State's matches this weekend can be watched live. CSU's match at Denver will be broadcast live on Altitude 2, which is available on Dish Network (channel 440/9575), DirecTV (681-1), CET (Comcast channel 105/900) and on CenturyLink in Colorado Springs and in Denver (691/1691). The Rams' match at CU will be streamed live on Pac-12 Plus.

PHOTO: Elliott Jerge | Rocky Mountain Collegian