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Buffs Drop Weekend Finale to No. 23 Sun Devils

Apr 17, 2022

BOULDER – Morgan Pence and Sam McGee registered three goals apiece, but Colorado fell short 16-8 against No. 23 Arizona State at Kittredge Field on Sunday.

Colorado is now 9-5 (4-5 Pac-12) on the season. Arizona State improves to 9-6 (7-2 Pac-12).

Arizona State led the game wire-to-wire, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first 10 minutes. Carley Adams scored five goals to lead ASU, while Katie Brodsky totaled four.

"This is a really good Arizona State team," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "In all the best ways, they are an emotional team. When they get going, they get going. They had a quick start. We started with energy and intensity but we just didn't execute."

CU's offense got going late in the first quarter and into the second, scoring three straight goals. But the four-goal deficit, 7-3, was as close as the Buffs would get.

Whidden pointed to the team's execution as the main reason for the Buffaloes going 0-2 against No. 17 USC and ASU this weekend.

"At the end of the day, this whole weekend was about execution," Whidden explained. "It's not about being surprised by something or being not ready. It's just about executing. That's tough, but we've got to (execute) if we want to win and find a way to do that better from the start.

"We've got to take that upon ourselves to make sure when it comes down to it, (we're) executing it right and getting good looks," Whidden continued. "If we don't put it in the back of the net, that's one more save we've got to make on the other end."

WHAT HAPPENED: Brodsky scored three goals in the first seven minutes, helping Arizona State jump out to the 7-0 lead. 

McGee stopped the bleeding, scoring her 25th goal of the season at the 2:21 mark to get the Buffaloes on the board.

Chloe Willard scored with 30 seconds left in the first quarter as Colorado closed the gap, 7-2, entering the second quarter.

Pence scored her first of the contest 54 seconds into the second quarter to cut the ASU advantage to 7-3.

After the Sun Devils reclaimed their five-goal advantage, McGee scored her second goal of the game to get within four at 8-4.

The Sun Devils added two more before the end of the half and then another early in the third quarter to push their lead to seven, 11-4

Liz Phillips and Pence scored back-to-back to help CU try to mount a comeback, but ASU responded with five unanswered goals to put the game out of reach. 

Pence and McGee both their third goals of the day in the final 35 seconds of the afternoon. 

UP NEXT: The Buffaloes are back at Kittredge Field Friday for Senior Day as they take on the Oregon Ducks (4 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks).

NOTABLE: 

  • McGee registered her fifth career game with three or more goals.
  • Pence tallied her third career game with three-plus goals.
  • Willard's goal was her 20th of the season (49th career)
  • CU is now 5-3 all-time versus ASU.
  • Colorado falls to 45-13 all-time at Kittredge Field.
  • The Buffaloes have lost two straight home games for only the second time in program history. The first was in 2019 against No. 6 Stony Brook and No. 25 Michigan.

 
TEAM LEADERS
 

Colorado Arizona State
Points: 13 Points: 29
Goals: 8 Goals: 16
Assists: 5 Assists: 13
Draw Controls: 13 Draw Controls: 15
Ground Balls: 12 Ground Balls: 13
Saves: 8 Saves: 11