ROCK-Colorado football returned to the field this week to continue its spring preparations. The Buffaloes are heading into a packed April schedule, starting by hosting BYU this Saturday (noon MT) at Prentup Field.
The Buffs have been on their offseason schedule since the start of the second half, taking a break for spring break last week. Colorado is returning 19 players who saw action in 2021 and 21 players overall from last season’s rosters and is looking to build on its 8-7-4 finish.
“Winter and spring have been good so far,” said the head coach. Danny Sanchez Explain. “Our numbers are low, like a lot of programs in the country, so we’re managing our loads in training and games. We’re excited to be playing over the next four weekends against some really good teams. It’ll be a good test. for us to see where our players are at as we move into August.”
The Buffs will see three of their top four scorers return to the 2022 roster, but will lose the team’s top scorer in Shanade Hopcroft. A piece that features to fulfill part of this score is in second grade Jenny Beyer. Beyer missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury she suffered in the 2020 season which due to COVID took place in the spring of 2021. Beyer started 10 games in 2020 and has played 11 in total, registering one assist.
“Jenny has been great,” Sanchez added. “She was chomping at the bit in the fall to come back. She’s completely cleared in January, and I think she’s looking really good. I know she’s excited to come out and play again over the course of four coming weekends.”
BYU, the 2021 national finalist, will be CU’s third contest of the spring. The Buffs played an untraditional game against BC United Women, then faced UCCS for a 4-0 decision on March 13.
“It’s not just about results in the spring,” Sanchez continued. “However, what you want to see is a progression of your program. If you are going to test yourself in the spring, test yourself against a top five team, that they [BYU] East. We are delighted with the opportunity on Saturday.”
CU will travel to Lincoln, Neb. to face the Huskers next Saturday. The last two dates of the spring will be back at Prentup Field, hosting Wyoming (April 16) and then the Colorado Cup on April 23.
All spring games at Prentup Field are free.