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Buffs Open Weekend With a Draw Against the Ducks

Oct 21, 2021

BOULDER—Colorado played its third consecutive overtime game, battling the visiting Oregon Ducks to a 1-1 draw at Prentup Field on Thursday.

Colorado (6-6-3, 1-3-3 Pac-12) got the scoring started with a Kayleigh Webb blast in the 14th minute. The Buffaloes were unable to hold onto the lead, giving up the equalizer to the Ducks in the latter minutes of the first half.

"That was a great finish by Kayleigh," head coach Danny Sanchez said in the postgame. "She's been chomping at the bit. After that, I thought we just weren't playing in rhythm. For whatever reason, you could kind of see it building, and Oregon scores on its first shot [on goal] in the 31st minute. We didn't defend it well and we made mistakes. Having said that, there was still 80 minutes to play after that to get a second goal."

The Buffs outshot Oregon 17-15 in the stalemate, including a 9-3 advantage in the second half.

"I told the team, 'Some draws feel like wins, and some feel like losses.' We knew we had to get a result today, so we got a result. It was not the result we wanted so now we have everything to play for on Sunday."

Oregon (8-2-5, 3-2-2 Pac-12) got its goal from Ally Cook, her seventh of the season, to tie the game before going into the intermission. Ducks' keeper Leah Freeman made six saves to keep the Buffs out of the net for the remainder of the day.

CU's Dani Hansen had to make four saves on the day, coming up with three big saves in the two overtime periods.

How it Happen
Webb capitalized off CU's first corner chance of the day. Senior Shanade Hopcroft served the ball in from the left flag and it was punched away from the net by the Oregon defense. Webb, waiting atop the 18, stepped in and one-timed a blast underneath the crossbar, giving CU its first lead since its Sept. 30 win against Washington.

Freeman made two saves for the Ducks after allowing the goal and Oregon did enough to disrupt the Buffs' flow. Jordan Wormdahl fired a pass right to the forehead of Cook in the 31st minute, directing it past Hansen for the equalizer. The Buffs' bench shouted for offside on the play but the ball came back to center for the ensuing kickoff. 

Oregon finished the first half with a 6-5 lead in shots, but the Buffs came out as the aggressors in the second frame, ripping off nine shots. Webb and Hailey Stodden combined for back-to-back chances in the 55th minute but couldn't solve Freeman. 

"We challenged them [the team] at halftime to play with more urgency and play on the front foot," Sanchez added. "I thought for the most part we did. I thought there was about a 30-minute stretch there, where we really had Oregon pinned in. It was just that last pass, that last cross, that last touch in the box that wasn't clean enough [for us]."

Cook almost got the winner for the Ducks in the 96th minute. Her left-footed shot forced Hansen to dive to her right, getting an outstretched hand on the attempt to force it wide. 

Hansen made two more saves in the second overtime and Hopcroft made a long pass to Tessa Barton trying to break the junior loose in the final seconds, but CU couldn't break the tie. 

Up Next
The Buffs turn their attention to Oregon State on Sunday. It will be the team's last regular-season home game of the season. Seniors Haileigh AdamsGabbi ChapaSofia Weiner and Hopcroft will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. 

"Typically, on Senior Day, we do come out with a ton of energy and a ton of focus," Sanchez continued. "Shanade, Gabbi and Haileigh all came back this fall and have been fantastic. Sofia has been a great captain for two years. We need to send them out with a victory."

Notes 
Webb's goal was her second of the season (career-high) and fourth of her career…CU has now scored 10 goals off set pieces this season…the Buffs have 24 goals this season…CU is 1-1-2 in overtime this season…the team is now 5-1-2 when scoring first this season…It's the third time CU and Oregon have tied in the all-time series (6-3-3).