Boulder - The first half was promising for the University of Colorado
soccer team, but a quick California goal in overtime kept the Buffaloes
searching for their first Pac-12 win of the season. CU scored two goals in the
first 15 minutes against the Golden Bears, the only division foe they beat last
season, but late momentum by Cal ended the game in a 3-2 loss on the frigid
very disappointing," captain Amy Barczuk said. "We just can't seem to catch a
break. I thought we had really great moments in this game. I thought we had
some of the best soccer we've played, just keeping the ball and possessing. As
a team within the last three years we've gone through this, so it's just how
you react from here."
8:59 mark, Barczuk headed one in off a Quinn Krier corner kick. Fewer than five
minutes later, junior Anne Stuller put the Buffs up 2-0. Cal's Ifeoma Onumonu scored
a goal in each half, and the Bears sealed the deal off a fast-break strike from
Lauren Battung in the 92nd minute.
Even in defeat, Anne Stuller continued to move up in the Colorado record books.
After scoring her eighth goal of the season in the 14th minute, Stuller tied
Nikki Marshall (2008) for fourth most goals by a junior. She also holds down sixth
place on the junior list for most points. She has 17 points this season, putting
her just one behind Melissa Cartmell (1999).
The Buffs are still fighting for a win in the conference, falling to 6-4-3
overall (0-3-1 Pac-12). California, who received votes in the most recent NSCAA
poll, improved to 9-3-0 (2-1).
big picture is that as a program, we can't win all of them," head coach Danny
Sanchez said. "That's why they're overtime. They're tight games. But we need to
get some results out of it. I think this one's maybe even a little bit more disappointing
than last weekend (against Washington) because this is highly ranked team. We
had a two to nothing lead, and we just didn't get it done."
came out to one of their strongest starts of the season. In the opening 10
minutes, Madison Krauser found Stuller at the baseline who rushed toward the
net and set up a corner kick. At 8:59, Krier hit her corner at a pack of Buffs,
and Barczuk was ready, heading in her second goal of the season.
one of the best balls from Quinn (Krier) I have seen or hit," Barczuk said. "I
give her a lot of credit for that. I thought it was a great, great cross, and I
just happened to be in the right place at the right time and put it away. It's
about time I finished one."
Just minutes later, the Buffs offensive kept up its heat. Krauser and Stuller
proved they make a dynamic duo, setting up CU's second goal. Stuller nutmegged
an opponent and drew a foul. She faced a strong wall of defenders on her free
kick, but sent the ball past them and netted a goal before Cal's Emily Kruger
The Buffs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, but Cal came back with a vengeance
to dominate scoring in the remainder of the game.
knows a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in soccer, so we kind of had that
in the back of our minds too," Stuller said.
outshot Colorado 15 to eight in the game, and forced Annie Brunner to make five
saves. The Buffs came up with some great blocks, but Cal never fell back on the
With 23 minutes remaining, Cal got one on goal. Brunner took some time to
recover while the Buffs defense tried to protect the net, but at 22:11, freshman
Ifeoma Onumonu hit one
in to put the Bears on the board.
Cal grabbed the momentum, sending a few more on goal, but not scoring again in
the first half. Colorado went into the break with a 2-1 lead.
Both teams shot the ball wide within the first five minutes of the second half,
fighting to control the tempo.
CU had a few chances, but couldn't net anything in the second 45. Stuller
dribbled from the left of the net and crossed to Hayley Hughes who sent the
ball just to the right. With 32 minutes remaining, Barczuk found Stuller who
headed the ball but couldn't take a shot. The Buffs got the ball back, and
Olivia Pappalardo came immensely close, hitting the crossbar. Shaye Marshall
tried one last time for CU, but Kruger stopped another scoring opportunity.
California began to dominate possession in the final half hour of regulation.
In the 63rd minute, Onumonu scored again to tie the game at 2-2. She got the
ball after a Cal corner kick, and headed the ball past Brunner and Emily Paxton
at the net.
Bears came close to scoring a few more times in the second half causing several
close calls for the Buffs. With 19 minutes remaining, Cal's Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick
shot one at the left post and Onumonu got a touch but neither got past Brunner.
Though CU gained some momentum late in the game, Cal got several more scoring
opportunities. For the third time in conference play this season, the game went
overtime you've got to play every minute like it's the last minute," Barczuk
The teams kept up physical play, battling for the ball and the win. One minute
and 33 seconds into overtime, Lauren Battung took a quick shot, sending the
ball past Brunner and winning the game for the Bears 3-2.
The Buffs are searching for more consistency, but are happy that they're
starting to put themselves in better positions to win.
think we have a chance to do something really special on Sunday because we're a
good team and it needs to show," Stuller said.
Soccer team takes on defending national champions and No. 2 ranked Stanford
this Sunday as they celebrate Student Appreciation Day! The first 100 students
in the Buff Brigade section will receive FREE gift cards to Frontier Airlines,
McDonald's and more! Students will also have a chance to win CU gear and Winter
Park lift tickets! Also, be sure to arrive early for a special appearance
and pregame run by Ralphie!