Evanston, Ill. - Hot start doesn't quite cut it for the University of Colorado soccer team. The Buffs are off to their best start in program history.
After tying Northwestern 2-2 in their first ever meeting, Colorado's record moves to 3-0-2, marking the first time the team has remained undefeated through its first five games.
Colorado head coach Danny Sanchez is pleased by his team's performance in the beginning of the season, but hopes in the future the team will avoid getting down 2-0 fifteen minutes into games.
"We're down 2-0 on the road against a good opponent," Sanchez said. "We faced adversity, but I like how the team responded. We just can't put ourselves in that position."
The Buffs couldn't find the net in the first half, but the offense came up big in the second. The defense stayed strong in extra minutes, ending the game in a tie.
Seniors Amy Barczuk and Quinn Krier set the Buffs in motion for CU's first goal off a free kick. Just minutes later, freshman Madison Krauser scored her first goal as a Buff to tie the game. Annie Brunner racked up a season-high six saves.
"We talked about 'Get that next goal, and it's game on,'" Sanchez said. "Krauser had a great individual effort. We had the potential to get the win. It wasn't meant to be, but we got something out of the trip."
Darcy Jerman made her first appearance of the season and took the first shot for the Buffs in the ninth minute that went wide to the left.
Two quick fouls on the Buffs led to two quick goals for the Wildcats. At the 13:21 mark, sophomore Georgia Waddle headed the ball in from 15 yards assisted by a free kick by freshman Jennifer Korn.
Less than two minutes later, Northwestern scored again. Junior Kate Allen got her third goal of the season off a penalty kick.
Annie Brunner felt the pressure at the net in the 18th minute when freshman Margo McGinty and Waddle both took shots on goal. The Buffs couldn't seem to find any offensive rhythm until later in the half. At 31:09, Amy Barczuk sent one high, taking just the second shot for CU.
The Buffs took three more shots, but couldn't net anything before the break. Brunner came up big again for her third save of the half, denying sophomore Sami Schrakamp in the 37th minute. Colorado came close just before the buzzer, but Rachel Bergman grabbed the save against Barczuk's shot.
Barczuk was ready from the opening minutes of the second. In the 51st minute, Krier's corner connected with Barczuk, who headed it in to put the Buffs on the board.
Three minutes later, freshman Madison Krauser headed it wide but rebounded the ball and put it in to tie the game at 2-2.
"She was good on the dribble, dynamic and I think she's growing in confidence," Sanchez said. "The first half wasn't her best, but she was more dynamic in second. She got the ball home, and that's why she's in that forward position."
Colorado outshot Northwestern nine to five in the second, but neither team would score again in regulation, though both came close in the final minutes. Brunner helped send the game into overtime, saving a shot by sophomore KK Barr in the last 17 seconds.
Both teams took just two shots a piece in overtime. Again, Brunner held strong, saving a shot by sophomore Niki Sebo with just over one minute left. The second overtime wasn't much different, with CU's Krauser taking the only shot in the final 10 minutes, but not being able to score against Bergman, ending the game in a 2-2 tie.
The Buffs head to Denver next weekend for the Denver Invitational. First up for the Buffs are the hosting Pioneers on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Colorado concludes against Cincinnati on Sunday at 11 a.m.