Hansen Stands Tall in Draw
SEATTLE — Redshirt sophomore Dani Hansen made a statement in her return to Washington on Friday. The UW transfer made a career-high 11 saves for Danny Sanchez and the Buffaloes, helping Colorado to a 0-0 draw against the Huskies.
Colorado (3-0-1, 0-0-1 Pac-12) relied heavily on Hansen's efforts through the first 70 minutes of play. The reigning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week faced eight shots on goal in the stretch, turning aside each opportunity her former team threw at her.
"First things first, she managed the game," Sanchez said about Hansen. "She dealt with what she needed to. That's kind of the first object for goalkeepers. She was rock solid and in position. Credit to Dani for a fantastic statement and performance all around."
Of Hansen's 11 saves, none was bigger than her stop on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. Hansen guessed correctly, diving to her right to deny her former teammate Ameera Hussen.
"The penalty was the turning point of the match," Sanchez added. "We give up that goal and were chasing the game."
Washington (2-0-1, 0-0-1 Pac-12) fired off 24 total shots on the day. The Huskies totaled 16 of their shots in that first 70 minutes. UW's goalkeeper, Olivia Sekany, made her only save of the match in the 104th minute.
How it happened: UW got out on the attack early, picking up three shots in the first 20 minutes.
Colorado's attack wasn't heard from until 36 minutes into the match. Junior Kayleigh Webb skipped a ball just outside the right post for CU's lone chance of the first half. Washington held an 8-1 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes.
The Huskies continued to pressure the Buffs from the opening whistle of the second half. Hansen was forced back into action with a diving save in the 51st minute. Hansen again answered the Huskies in the 57th minute, coming up with a big stop on Ruby Hellstrom, who got free inside the box.
The Buffs built off Hansen's penalty stop in the 62nd minute and got their first shot of the second half from Rachel Rosen in the 64th minute.
"Obviously, the team is going to gain confidence from it [Hansen's performance]," Sanchez commented. "We can't put her on an island as we did at times today. We're going to have to play better in front of her, but I'm sure she gained a lot of confidence, so her team gained a lot of confidence in her today, especially coming back to Seattle. It was a great performance for sue."
Colorado's offense picked up in the latter portion of the second half. Freshman Jenny Beyer put a free-kick chance just high over the crossbar in the 71st minute, registering CU's best chance to that point. Shyra James directed a shot to the right post in the 78th minute, but it curved wide and off-target.
The first 10 minutes of overtime didn't favor either side. James and Beyer each registered a shot and Hansen had to make one save in the period.
Hansen and Sekany swapped saves in the second overtime. Hansen stopped Olivia Van Der Jagt in the 103rd minute, leading to a chance for Colorado downfield. Sophomore Roo Yarnell-Williams had a header chance on Sekany in the 104th minute but couldn't flick the ball past the UW keeper.
Hansen's final save came in the 105th minute stopping a skipping shot from Summer Yates.
CU tried to mount a late charge in the final minute. Webb had a ball just miss her head on a free kick in the 109th minute and Sharts put a last-second shot towards the net as time expired.
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Up Next: Colorado will run it back against the Huskies in a non-conference bout on Sunday. Kickoff is set for noon MT.
Notes: CU hasn't allowed a goal this season between Hansen and Megan Short, opening with 387 minutes of shutout play…Hansen has made 23 saves in her three shutouts to start the season…Washington's 24 shots were the most since USC had 24 against Colorado on Oct. 13, 2019…the draw keeps Coach Sanchez stuck at 98 career wins at CU.