CU Women’s Soccer: Buffs Hand Out Awards From 2017 Season
Colorado’s soccer team wrapped up the 2017 season on Saturday night with its annual awards banquet. The Buffs finished the season 12-6-4 overall and 5-4-2 in the Pac-12, good for a sixth-place finish in the conference, and an NCAA Tournament appearance as they reached the second round of the postseason.
2017 Team Awards
Buff Cup* – Taylor Kornieck
Offensive MVP – Taylor Kornieck
Defensive MVP – Jalen Tompkins
Herbst Academic Award – Courtney Fedor
Strength & Conditioning Award – Nancy Best
Newcomer of the Year – Marty Puketapu and Hannah Cardenas (co-winners)
*Buff Cup award is given to the player with the most accumulated points from competitions amongst the team during the spring season
Kornieck, a midfielder, was named second-team All-Pac-12 and United Soccer Coaches first-team All-West Region after starting all 22 matches in 2017. She had seven goals and four assists, trying Puketapu for a team-high 18 points. Her 92 shot attempts were the second-most ever in a season at CU. She also had four game-winning goals. While her numbers dipped a bit from her record-breaking freshman season when she had 11 goals and four assists, Sanchez noted that Kornieck was keyed on more by opponents, and as a result, she played several different positions throughout the season.
Tompkins, who was a team captain as a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper, started all 22 matches and broke the school records for goals-against average (0.58) and save percentage (.882), and helped the team break the record for shutouts in a season. As a result, she was named third-team All-Pac-12 and third-team all-region.
Fedor, a senior defender, has stood out in the classroom throughout her career. She has a 3.81 cumulative GPA, including a 3.94 GPA in her integrative physiology coursework. She has been named to the Dean’s List in the College of Arts and Sciences three times (3.75 GPA), is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic team member, and has been on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll seven times (3.0 GPA). In addition to her outstanding honors in the classroom, Fedor has been a teaching assistant in the anatomy lab class, conducted research in the epidemiology lab, participated in multiple community service opportunities (Read with the Buffs, Buff Hugs and Special Olympics), and is currently a teaching assistant in the physiology lab. On the field, she made four starts and 20 appearances in 2017 for CU.
Best, a redshirt junior midfielder, has been exceptional in the strength and conditioning area as she recovered from offseason ACL surgery last winter. As a result of her rehab efforts in the athletic training room and weight room, she put together her best season of her career in 2017. Best made 18 appearances as a central midfielder and played 350 minutes on the season. She scored her first career goal on Aug. 27 in a 6-0 win over UC Riverside and had a season-high 47 minutes of playing time in CU’s second-round NCAA Tournament match at No. 2 North Carolina. Colorado outscored its opponents 5-1 when she was on the field, a 0.26 GAA.
Puketapu, a freshman striker, was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team after leading CU in goals and tying for the team lead in points. She accumulated eight goals and two assists for 18 points, while taking 29 shot attempts. Five of her goals were game-winners. She missed one match in September to play for New Zealand’s Women’s National Team in a pair of friendlies against the United States.
Cardenas, a freshman defender, started all 22 matches and played the second-most minutes (1,948) of any player on the team. She was important in leading the Buffs to break the school records for shutouts and GAA as they outscored opponents 29-14 when she was on the pitch, a 0.65 GAA.