Oregon State Falls to Colorado, 3-2, in Overtime
BOULDER, Colo. – The Oregon State women's soccer team capped its last regular season road stretch in Boulder, Colo. on Sunday. The Beavers fell, 3-2, to the Buffaloes in overtime and are now 11-5 (3-5 Pac-12) on the season.
"Honestly, I thought we played well. It's unfortunate that Colorado capitalized on one of theirs and we didn't. We have to stay focused and keep our sight on what's next and how we can continue pushing forward," said head coach Lauren Sinacola. "I love this team and how they show up every day. I know we will get back to Corvallis and turn this around."
The Oregon State defense held until the 27th minute of play, when the Buffs found the net to take a 1-0 lead. In the 33rd minute of action, sophomore Valerie Tobias nearly tied the score with a shot that ricocheted off the left post.
Trailing by one at the half, freshman McKenna Martinez broke through Colorado's defense to tie the score at 1-1 in the 53rd minute. Within 19 seconds, the Buffs answered, taking a 2-1 lead. Martinez posted her second goal of the game and ninth of the season off her right foot to tie the score at 2-2 in the 55th minute of play. Redshirt junior Madison Ellsworth earned the assist on the goal, marking her first of the season.
For 35 minutes, OSU's defense held the score at 2-2, pushing the game into overtime. Martinez nearly notched her first career hat trick in the first minute of overtime after the Richland, Wash. native's shot nearly missed and went just high of the crossbar. Just a minute later, Colorado responded with the golden goal off a header from an endline cross to edge past OSU, 3-2.
The Beavers marked four shots on goal out of ten shots total. In goal, senior Bridgette Skiba notched two saves.
The Beavers returns to Lorenz Field in Corvallis, Ore. to host Washington on Oct. 28 and Washington State on Oct. 31. Both games are slated for noon kickoffs and will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks. Thursday's match will be the Beavers' annual Dam Cancer match, presented by Willamette Valley Cancer Institute, and Sunday's match is the Beavers' annual Dam Change match.