BOULDER — The University of Colorado men and women soccer teams go head-to-head with in-state rival, Colorado State University in what is sure to be a fight to the finish.
With school starting a week later than usual this year, both teams are scrambling to get in as much practice possible before their matchup with the Rams.
“Preparing for this match has been difficult only because of the later start date for school - we simply won't be match fit,” said men’s Head Coach David Vaughan. “We had our camp earlier in August which gave many of the players a chance to re-familiarize themselves with each other. We also have many players returning from last year so it won't take much time for everyone to get back in sync.”
Last season, the Buffs tied Colorado State in the their first matchup 0-0. As the season progressed, CU was able to comeback and defeat the Rams twice, ending the season with a 2-0-1 mark against CSU. This year the competition has reached a new level, as both teams have grown accustomed to each other’s technique and are ready to battle for the big W.
“There are so many players from each side of the field that know each other and have played with and against each other over the years,” said Vaughan. “The guys really look forward to all of our matches against CSU. Getting motivated to play them - whether its the Rocky Mountain College Cup or in a friendly way as we prepare for Nationals - is an easy task.”
The women’s team tied the Rams 1-1, twice in the 2011 season. This year the team hopes to succeed the rival team by working harder in practice and being more mentally prepared for the game.
The women’s team will begin the evening at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 7, followed by the men, who will take the field at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be held at Dick’s Sporting Good Park.
Tickets to the Rocky Mountain College Cup are $20 and can be purchased at www.rapidstix.com/rockymtcollegecup. Packages include not only admission to the CU vs. CSU soccer matches, but also an upcoming 2012 Colorado Rapids soccer game.
As a special incentive, $5 of every ticket purchased will be donated back to the CU or CSU Club Soccer Program of your choice.
For more information on the teams and to view their schedules for the upcoming season, visit their websites at cumenssoccer.com and cusoccer.net.