Just when it looked like Colorado’s season was set to veer completely off course, a freshman star has helped right the ship in Pac-12 play.
Freshman Taylor Kornieck has been a key catalyst in the team’s current nine-game winning streak, scoring seven goals during that stretch, including five game winners.
The previous two came in the last two games during last week's road trip to Arizona, as the Buffalos snuck past both Arizona and Arizona State with 1-0 wins. In each victory, Kornieck scored the game-winning goal from a free kick, earning herself the latest TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Week.
TDS Player of the Week: Taylor Kornieck, Colorado
Find out which national standouts join her on the latest Team of the Week.
Team of the Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 2)
GK Caitlyn Clem, Wisconsin – In a much needed win against Minnesota, Clem kept the high-powered Golden Gophers off the score sheet, making three saves in a 1-0 win for the Badgers.
D Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia – Big 12 play began with little problems for the Mountaineers, which secured two home shutouts against Baylor and Oklahoma. Buchanan continued to thrive in her center back role, limiting last weekend’s foes to just two shots on goal across both games.
D Karli Gutsche, Auburn – It’s now three wins in a roe for Auburn as it continues to recover from a shaky start to the season. Gutsche put in a 90-minute shift and scored the game winner as the Tigers beat Missouri 1-0 to continues its SEC winning streak.
D Danielle Thomas, Pepperdine – A trip north worked out well for the Waves, which picked up a win and a draw against Portland and Gonzaga. Thomas played all 200 minutes, scoring a goal in the 5-0 victory against the Zags.
M Jordan Magnin, UNLV – Contributed in the final third as the Rebels went 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play last week. Magnin scored twice in a 3-1 win over Wyoming, and setup a goal in Sunday’s 2-0 victory against Colorado State.
M Martha Thomas, Charlotte – The 49ers scoring ace scored four times in CUSA clashes against UTEP and UTSA. The former Charlotte dropped by a 4-3 score line, before they bounced back in Sunday’s 3-2 win against the latter in overtime.
F Arielle Ship, California – Ship steered the Bears to wins against Washington and Washington State. She had two goals and one assist in a 4-1 defeat of the Huskies, following that up with the game winner in Sunday’s win against the Cougars.
F Tabby Tindell, Florida Gulf Coast(w) – Tindell’s historic college career continued last week, as she scored three goals and added two assists in wins over USC Upstate and NJIT. She broke the Atlantic Sun Conference record for career goals with 62, and also reached the pinnacle of career points with 152.
F Sarina Bolden, Loyola Marymount – Bolden tallied both a goal and an assist in both of LMU’s WCC wins this weekend, a 3-1 victory at Gonzaga and a 3-0 defeat of Portland. It was the first away win against the Pilots in program history.
Honorable Mention: F Katie Johnson (USC), GK Jalen Tompkins (Colorado), GK Sydney Wootten (NC State), F Ella Stevens (Duke), F Kayla Cappuzzo (Northeastern), M Andi Sullivan (Stanford), F Hannah Wilkinson (Tennessee), F Abby Reed (DePaul)