Buffs Prevail in Overtime
BOULDER – Sometimes it's just the luck of the draw. Fortunately for the Colorado women's soccer team, the luck was on its side on Saturday. The Buffaloes started the season with a 1-0 overtime decision against in-state rival Denver.
It had been 422 days since CU last played a competitive soccer match, falling 1-0 to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. A ton has changed for the Buffs since the end of the 2019 season.
"I think we didn't really know what to expect," head coach Danny Sanchez commented. "Looking at it two hours later, it's probably what we expected. Both teams are a little choppy. I thought we were a little bit impatient. I think as the game went on, I thought our players start to feel more comfortable. Denver is a very good team. They are going to win the Summit League and make the NCAA Tournament."
The Buffs and Pioneers played 96 minutes of scoreless soccer in front of a sparse and distant crowd of family and friends at Prentup Field. Colorado got the only break of the game in the 97th minute, coming off an own goal from the Pioneers.
The Buffs totaled more shots (12) in the contest, but Pioneers got the upper hand by putting six on target. Colorado goalkeeper Dani Hansen, making her Buffs' debut, made all six saves on the afternoon.
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