St. Paul, Minn. – The 15th-ranked University of Colorado women’s soccer team saw their season come to an end here Friday with a devastating 1-0 loss to South Dakota State University in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.
With the loss, Colorado wraps up the 2008 season with a 14-5-4 record.
"It's just a difficult loss to swallow with everything we have done leading up to this point," said head coach Bill Hempen. "We felt like we had the chance to make a good run this year. Unfortunately our inability to score goals at cluch times was ultimately our downfall. They tried hard, but they just couldn't get a goal at the appropriate time."
South Dakota State would get on the board first when Kellyn Farrell recovered a misplayed ball by the Colorado defense. Farrell carried the ball into the box and took a shot that snuck past CU goalkeeper Kirstin Radlinski in the 14th minute of the game for the 1-0 lead.
The Buffs had a number of scoring opportunities in the final minutes of the first half. Sophomore Mel Hicks sent a potential cross in with 4:40 to play in the half and it had a chance to go into the far corner of the goal but the SDSU keeper was able to jump up and punch it over the crossbar and out of play.
Colorado dominated the first half statistics, outshooting the Jackrabbits 13-6, including six shots on goal and a pair of shots off of the South Dakota State crossbar and post.
The Buffaloes, no strangers to early deficits this season, were unfortunately unable to put the ball in the back of the net, despite outshooting SDSU 22-10. Jackrabbit goalkeeper Nicole Lograsso made 10 saves in the match while Radlinski recorded two.
Kelly Butler and Amber Bettenhausen led the Buffs with four shots each. Freshman Kassidy Fitzpatrick made her first collegiate start tonight and recorded 67 minutes in the game.
While it was and unfortunate end for seniors Amber Bettenhausen, Nikki Keller, Gianna DeSaverio, Kirstin Radlinski, Michelle Wenino, and Alex Cousins, the Buffaloes still managed to accomplish great things this season.
Colorado wrapped up the 2008 season with 14 wins for just the third time in program history. Keller, after playing her 91st game tonight, finishes her career tied with former Buffalo Laura Munnelly (2003-06) for most games played in a career and with 7,211 minutes played over a four-year span, Keller has played more minutes than any player to ever put on a Colorado uniform.
1. 13:29 SDSU Kelly Farrell (6) Unassisted