Colorado College Women’s Soccer defeated Air Force University 1–0 on Oct. 26 to win the Colorado Cup for the first time since its inception in 2011. The win also secured their playoff spot in the Mountain West Conference, receiving the No. 6 seed.
The Colorado Cup is awarded to the team in Colorado with the best record against the three of the six in-state teams they play each year. The Tigers defeated the University of Northern Colorado 2–1 on Aug. 16 and defeated the University of Denver 2–0 on Aug. 19.
“I think the best moment of the season so far has been winning the Colorado Cup,” midfielder and co-captain Lauren Milliet ’19 said. “It’s our first time ever winning it and we fought really hard for that trophy.”
Milliet scored the only goal of the game in the 20th minute off of an assist from midfielder Lucia Costanza ’20. Goalkeeper Jade Odom ’20 recorded three saves and faced 14 shots on goal.
The next weekend, on Oct. 26, the Tigers celebrated Senior Day on the field. After their loss to the University of New Mexico, the team said goodbye to midfielder Rae Conlon ’19, defender Rachel Martino ’19, Milliet, forward Clara Richter ’19 and midfielder and co-captain Kelli Sullivan ’19.
“If I could describe my career in one word it would be ‘roller-coaster,’” Milliet said. “But totally worth the ups and downs. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
The seniors have left a great impact on the soccer program, having helped the Tigers go from 9-12-1 in 2015 to finishing the regular season 9–6-2 this year.
“My favorite memory with the senior class is probably lasts year’s Air Force game,” defender Camille Weaver ’21 said. “We played in snow with a wind chill around 10 degrees— the weather was miserable. Although the weather wasn’t great, we bonded a lot as a team that game.”
The Tigers also played a character-building game on the road Sept. 7 against Texas A&M, losing 2-1 even after leading 1-0 through the first half. Despite the out of conference loss, the Tigers bounced back and used that moment as they headed into the Mountain West playoffs.
“We are much improved over the last two seasons and are thrilled to be going back to the Mountain West Conference playoffs again,” Head Coach Geoffrey Bennett said. “The moment that probably sticks out to all of us is playing against No. 3 ranked Texas A&M on the road in front of thousands of fans.”
Despite only playing with them for two years, midfielder Tayla Wheeler ’21 has enjoyed every moment of their time and described the entire class as “irreplaceable.”
“This senior class will be leaving a legacy no matter what our win-loss record ends up being,” Wheeler said. “I have never seen a group of women that work as hard as them in every aspect of their lives. I am so blessed to have played two seasons with these girls. They have taught me lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Playing in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday against University of New Mexico, the Tigers season came to an early end with a 3–2 loss. Despite tying the game twice on goals from Milliet and forward Kiley Suter ’22, UNM scored late and sealed the win.
Bennett is sad to see the seniors leave after this, but he is grateful for all that they have given the team in the last four years.
“This year’s senior class has been great.They work hard, give us their all every day on and off the field, and they have been a pleasure to be around,” Bennett said. “I know this group will do amazing things in life, and I look forward to continuing to watch all of them grow into adults.”