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CU Soccer Ties ASU 2-2 In Double Overtime Bout

Nov 1, 2013

TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Colorado soccer team showed composure and determination as they tied Arizona State 2-2 in Friday’s double overtime road match.

Arizona State outshot Colorado 24-13, but free kicks were key to the Buffs’ offense. ASU was called for 15 fouls to CU’s seven (including five yellow cards to CU’s one).

The Buffaloes grabbed an early lead in the 18th minute when Madison Krauser struck one past ASU keeper Chandler Morris. That lead would hold until the final minute of the first half, as Kaitlyn Pavlovich, assisted by Blair Alderson, evened the score before the break.

Alderson was primed to score once more, assisted by Cali Farquharson, as ASU took over the lead in the 53rd minute. CU would find its equalizer at 70:04 when Darcy Jerman scored off a penalty kick. Despite being outshot six to three in overtime play, the Buffs held strong to earn the tie.

“I think Arizona State was really pressing for the whole game,” CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. “They put us under a lot of pressure, and I was pleased with how we dealt with that pressure, for the most part. Getting a goal early helped, but then we gave up the one right before halftime. We were down by a goal in the middle of the second half, I was pleased with how we bounced back to get the equalizer. It was a good result on the road in the Pac-12.”

Krauser led the Buffs (12-4-2 overall, 4-3-2 Pac-12 Conference) with five shots, two of which were on goal. ASU had four players take at least three shots, led by Devin Marshall, who took six. The Sun Devils (8-7-2, 3-4-2 Pac-12) netted multiple goals for the first time since September 15.   

The Buffs got on an early offensive attack, helping them to a 1-0 lead that would hold for nearly the remainder of the first half. Krauser got things started in the second minute when she got the ball from Hayley Hughes at the left post and shot at the keeper.

In the 14th minute, the Buffs got another opportunity, this time off a corner kick. Carly Bolyard took the corner, sending the ball long, and after several players got touches, Darcy Jerman was able to take a shot, hitting the ball over the left post.

The Buffs’ offensive hot streak continued in the 17th minute, when Krauser rushed the net and sent her shot through the keeper’s hands to put the Buffs up 1-0.

“I think we won it in the corner and she just cut inside and hit a hard shot at the near post that their keeper just couldn’t deal with,” Sanchez said. “It was a nice, hard shot. It was a good finish and kind of a byproduct of winning it in a dangerous spot. It was good to get the early goal.”

Anne Stuller kept the Buffs on the attack, hitting another shot at the keeper in the 18th minute.

Fighting from behind, ASU was able to find their own offensive momentum, taking all of their six shots in the final 25 minutes, and not allowing another CU shot during that time. In the 20th minute, Devin Marshall rushed from the left, where defenders came to meet her and force her shot that would go wide left.

Following an ASU foul, the Buffs took several goal kicks, but were never able to get the ball out of their territory. The Sun Devils seemed to even the score in the 23rd minute, when the CU defense was put to the test. First, Holland Crook shot at Annie Brunner. The ball deflected away from the keeper, where Marshall was able to cross right to Cali Farquharson who found the back of the net. Prior to her cross, Marshall slide tackled Hughes, garnering a foul that would cause the goal to be called off.  

Both teams would fight to find momentum and retain possession in the latter portion of the first half. Despite getting their second yellow card in just 10 minutes, the Devils were able to stay on the attack, and Larisa Staub sent her ball just over the crossbar to help spur their offense in the closing 15 minutes.

As the clock wound down, Blair Alderson forced Brunner to make a save. In the final minute, the Buffs continued to fight hard on the defensive end, though perhaps a bit too aggressively, with Bianca Jones fouling an ASU player just past the right edge of the box. With 35 seconds remaining, Alderson sent a free kick to the center of the crowd, where Kaitlyn Pavlovich was able to head the ball to the far post and even the score entering halftime.

“I was a little disappointed to give up the one right before halftime, but ASU had been putting a lot of pressure on us, so that was probably earned,” Sanchez said.

ASU got off to a quick start in the second half, with Farquharson getting blocked in the first 33 seconds. The Devils got back-to-back corners in the 50th minute, but weren’t able to get off any shots. Farquharson remained offensively minded though, passing to Alderson who lofted one to the left post to give her squad the 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute.   

In the 60th minute, ASU got handed another yellow card, setting up a Buffs’ free kick from the center of the 25 yard mark. Stuller’s strike slid past the wall, but the keeper was ready for the save. ASU was quick to respond, with Jasmine Roth and Marshall both forcing saves from Brunner.  

Back-to-back ASU fouls helped set up the Buffs’ equalizer in the 71st minute. As the Buffs were taking their free kick, another foul was called, this one in the box, to give the Buffs’ a penalty kick. Jerman continued her impressiveness in PKs, hitting her shot to the right corner to tie the game. Jerman is now 2-2 in PKs this season.

Emily Paxton got fouled on a free kick,” Sanchez said. “Darcy stepped up with a lot of composure and buried it. We’re really pleased with that.”

ASU was able to quickly get back on offense, and after lots of movement, Roth took another shot, this time hitting the ball wide. The teams continued to fight back and forth, but ASU forced another close call in the 80th minute, as Brunner was drawn out of the goal as Marshall slid for a shot. Staub then got an open look at the center of the net, but rushed her shot and sent the ball to the left.

With seven minutes remaining in regulation, Brie Hooks was pressured in a one-on-one situation to set up a CU corner kick. After several Buffs got touches, Lizzy Herzl got her foot on the ball, but her close range shot got blocked and ASU regained possession.

The Devils would take five more shots in the final six minutes of regulation, but the Buffs defense held strong to send the game into extra minutes.

The teams worked to regroup in the first overtime. In the first three minutes, ASU’s Marshall and CU’s Krauser would each send a shot high. In the 95th minute, Alex Huynh took a free kick for from 15 yards out from the right edge. No Buffs were able to take a shot, and ASU once again returned to the attack. The Devils got a free kick of their own, 35 yards from the CU goal. Farquharson headed the ball wide to give her squad a corner kick. Several Devils got touches, but none were able to take another shot. CU and ASU traded off fouls in the closing minutes, but neither team could get a look at the net, forcing a second overtime.

ASU dominated possession in the final 10 minutes of overtime. The Devils got a free kick at the left corner of the box, but enough Buffs got touches to clear the ball. ASU remained on the attack, taking three shots in two minutes. In the 107th minute, Farquharson forced one final save from Brunner.

With less than two minutes remaining, the Buffs were able to respond with an attack of their own, creating their best opportunity to score in overtime. Hooks rushed from the left, beat one defender, then got away from another, hitting a shot by the left post from 15 yards out, making Chandler grab a save. CU got a corner kick, and Krauser was able to take a shot at the goal, but got blocked, ending the game in a 2-2 tie.

“After that (penalty kick) Arizona State put a lot of pressure on us to try to get the result – they really needed a win,” Sanchez said. “We just ended well and had one really good chance with about a minute to go in the second overtime. Brie got in and their keeper had a really nice save. Overall, I’m pleased with how we battled and our overall composure. Getting a result on the road in the Pac-12 is always a good thing.”

Next up for the Buffs is a match-up against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Kickoff is at noon on Sunday, Nov. 3.