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CU Women's Soccer Leadership
The CU Women’s Soccer team is finding greater exposure in the Pac-12 conference.Combined with USA Soccer’s gold medal performance, the sport itself is growing
more popular than ever. For Player’s at CU, this growing audience carries with it
“I think there is definitely a higher profile for all the sports here and being in the
Pac-12,” said CU Women’s Soccer Coach Danny Sanchez, “Being on the Pac-12 Network, it’s important that the face we’re putting out there is a positive one that
people want to gravitate to and support.”
While the soccer team performs on the field, they understand that they are role models to the next generations sometimes above everything else.
“You just notice that it’s the little things that matter and just going out of your way to say hi or just do something kind of makes their day. I was the same exact way when I was little. If I went to a college game and they talked to me, I would get so excited,” said CU Women’s Soccer senior midfielder Amy Barczuk,
“How we carry ourselves is vitally important because we want the perception to be,” said Coach Sanchez, “which is the reality that this is a great group of young ladies that work hard, that care about the University and want to be positive role models players and coaches as ambassadors of the game.”
Adding to the Soccer team’s commitment to excellence, they have one of the highest GPA’s and one of the highest graduating rates among teams on campus. As Women’s soccer continues to grow, the Buffs outreach programs including
summer camps and appearances paints the C-U.
“We’re always pretty active in the community and a lot of girls coach at surrounding clubs as far as young players, I feel like we have a pretty good reputation and integrity as far as that.” Said Barczuk.
Of course, all work off the field must be represented by a positive effort on the field. The Buffs try to make the games a fun atmosphere as they fight through a daunting Pac-12 schedule.
“Our games, it’s a family oriented environment,” said Junior forward Anne Stuller, “Lots of kids here and you want to be a good role model for these kids because that’s what I had, I’m from Boulder so I watched the CU girls play when I was younger and I looked up to them and I hope they can look up to me and other girls on this team.”
“This is the pinnacle of Women’s soccer in the state of Colorado so a lot of these younger players one day will want to be Buffs and want to play at this level and how we carry ourselves and how we portray it is important to us but is important to those kids,” said Sanchez.
The players know their quest for excellence is something they will pursue both on the field and off.