Oregon State Tops Colorado
CORVALLIS, Ore.—Two second-half Oregon State goals proved to be the deciding factor in Colorado's 2-0 loss at Paul Lorenz Field on Friday.
The Beavers scored two goals in seven minutes after the two sides played a scoreless first half. OSU's Mylene Gorzynski notched the game-winning in the 59th minute off a mishandle by Dani Hansen. They added the insurance tally in the 66th minute.
"Like I said earlier this week, Oregon State is better than its record reflected," head coach Danny Sanchez noted. "We knew they were going to get something to fall their way and unfortunately for us tonight was the night."
Oregon State moves to 3-8-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the Pac-12. Colorado falls to 6-5-1 on the season and 2-4-1 in league play.
OSU finished with a slight lead, 13-12, in shots on the night. The Beavers put four on net, with Hansen making two saves. Colorado finished with three shots on goal, all saved by Bridgette Skiba.
"I thought the first 20 minutes of the game we were really on our heels," Sanchez added. "After that, we made some adjustments and after they got that first goal, I thought we created some good chances. Obviously, the second was the backbreaker for us, but we kept battling to the end and got some good chances to make it more interesting. At the end of the day, we didn't do enough to get a result. Now we will recover and get ready for Oregon on Sunday."
HOW IT HAPPENED: Oregon State began the night controlling the opening tempo of the match. The Beavers recorded five shots in the first 10 minutes, but nothing was able to get on frame.
Colorado's first shot attempt didn't come until the 16th minute from Roo Yarnell-Williams. The Buffs controlled the play for much of the middle portion of the half. CU outshot OSU, 5-3 from the 16th minute on.
One of CU's early chances came from Shyra James. The freshman played a cross from the far sideline, but it kept tracking on net, forcing OSU's Bridgette Skiba to play it out of harm's way. The Buffs' only shot on net came in the 30th minute when Shanade Hopcroft put a free-kick from 30 yards out on net.
Colorado threatened early in the second half, resulting in its best scoring chance of the match in the 52nd minute. Freshman Lawson Willis served a ball into the penalty box, following an OSU foul, and James put a shot on net from 13 yards out that was pushed aside by Skiba.
The next shot came from OSU's Abby Schwartz in the 59th minute that would result in the first break of the match. Schwartz's shot was played by Hansen, who went to the ground to make the save. The ball squeaked through Hansen, leaving an open net for Gotzynski to give the Beavers the 1-0 lead.
"Dani has done very well all year, so it was an unfortunate moment for us," Sanchez said. "At the end of the day, we're working on such fine margins that one mistake really comes back to bite us. I don't think we did enough over 90 minutes to get a result. We'll just have to regroup and play better on Sunday."
James picked up another scoring chance in the 62nd minute, this time firing a ball towards the right post from just off the semi-circle. Skiba dove to make the save, helping preserve her shutout.
OSU got on the board again in the 66th minute off a corner kick. The ball got sent into the goal box and took a bounce to the far post. Kaillen Fried was there waiting and headed the ball in from just off the goal line.
James put two more shots towards net, the first in the 71st minute that was deflected high over the crossbar. The second resulted in an in-close opportunity in the 86th minute. She swung a left-footed shot across the box that missed wide right from seven yards out.
"I thought we created all of our best chances of the game after their second goal," Sanchez explained. "They probably took their foot off the gas a little bit and we had a little more confidence going forward. We can't wait until 25 minutes to go to really start to compete."
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UP NEXT: The Buffs will make the short trip to Eugene to take on the Ducks on Sunday. Kickoff is set for noon MT.
NOTES: CU has now dropped two straight to OSU…Yarnell-Williams started her first game since CU's opener against Denver…James was credited with seven shots to lead all players…she now has a team-high 40 shots…CU has been shutout ever since scoring in the 6th minute of CU's 1-0 win at Utah (273:22).