BOULDER- Anne Stuller connected on a goal 2:55 into the overtime period to secure a 2-1 win for the University of Colorado over the University of Kansas Monday afternoon at Prentup Field.
After Kansas (5-13, 1-9 Big 12) got the board less than a minute into the game, Colorado (7-9-2, 3-5-1 Big 12) rallied back to tie the game late in the second half setting the stage for Stuller's golden goal as CU beat the Jayhawks in its eighth overtime match of the season.
"I guess this is the only way this team is going to survive," said head coach Bill Hempen. "They dig and dig and scratch and fight, and do all the not so pretty things to find a win. They did enough today."
Eighteen seconds into the contest the Jayhawks scored as Kaitlyn Cunningham passed the ball to Caroline Kastor on the right side of the goal. Kastor beat the defense and shot the ball into the back of the net on the far left side of CU's goal.
Kansas was given another scoring opportunity when Kate Russell was called for a foul inside the goal box at 5:06 giving the Jayhawks a penalty kick. Whitney Berry took the penalty try low to her left, but Annie Brunner made a diving save to her right to keep the score 1-0.
KU remained up 1-0 after the first 45 minutes. Colorado outshot Kansas 8-6 in the first half, and despite being held scoreless, six of CU's eight shots were on goal.
The Buffs evened the game at 1-1 when Amy Barczuk scored the equalizer in the 75th minute, knocking the ball in from five yards out.
"We chased it and chased it, but we were almost too exhausted to go any farther," Hempen said about his team prior to Barczuk's goal. "We were exhausted, but the goal gave us some momentum to say 'Hey we got the game back we can win this now,' and I think that was the turning point in the game."
With less than 10 minutes left in the game at 83:02, Liebetrau was given a yellow card after fouling Erin Bricker inside the Kansas goal box to give the Buffs a chance to take the lead with a penalty kick. Russell tried to sneak her attempt through the lower right side of the goal, but Liebetrau made a diving save and the game headed towards the extra frame.
Despite the cold temperature, the Buffaloes entered the overtime period with hot feet.
Russell found an opening in the 92nd minute, drilling a shot high, but it hit the crossbar. Less than a minute later, Amanda Foulk was able to get behind the defense, but her shot hit the right post.
Finally at 92:55 Foulk, who had regained possession shortly after her shot attempt, crossed a ball to Stuller, who actually had to run away from the goal line to corral Foulk's pass. Then, in one motion, Stuller turned and drilled her attempt past Liebetrau securing the 2-1 overtime decision.
"We had a new sense of urgency and we knew we could win this game," said Stuller. "We knew we had to win this game, and that's why you saw players hitting the crossbar and hitting the post in overtime."
Colorado has a 4-3-2 record for games that have exceeded 90 minutes. Today is just the second time this season CU has been down by one and rallied back to win the game. The only other game was against Iowa State when and the Buffs were down by one but came back to win, 3-1.
For the second consecutive match the Buffs have recorded at least 10 shots on goal. They managed 10 against Seattle on Oct. 23 and 13 today against Kansas.
The Buffaloes are back in action this Friday, Oct. 29 against Nebraska for their final game of the season at 3 p.m. FSN Rocky Mountain will televise this game regionally. The game against the Cornhuskers will also be celebrated as Senior Day. Colorado will recognize seniors Amanda Foulk, Mel Hicks, Kym Lowry, Kelly Ross and Taryn Vitacca.
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