LOS ANGELES - Down a goal with seconds left in regulation, 15th-ranked Colorado converted on a Southern California turnover, evening the game at 7-7. But less than a minute into overtime, the No. 12 Trojans scored first to defeat CU, 8-7, on Friday night at McAlister Field.
The loss is the first for CU in Pac-12 play. The Buffs are now 2-1 (5-3 overall), while the Trojans improved to 2-0 in league play and 4-3 overall.
"This was a tough loss," CU coach Ann Elliott said. "We have to do a better job taking care of the ball and playing aggressive with confidence.
"Defensively I thought we did a good job in most areas," she added. "As we move forward, this is something we need to grow from and get ready to play another big conference game Sunday."
That opponent will be Arizona State at noon in Tempe for the first time in program history.
The Buffs will try to bounce back from a game in which they scored the first three goals, courtesy of Darby Kiernan (assist by Miranda Stinson), Carly Cox (assist by Samantha Nemirov) and Sadie Grozier.
CU's Julia Lisella stopped the first five shots she faced before she allowed USC's first goal at 8:41. The Trojans scored twice more before the half was over to even things before the start of the second half.
The Buffs started that half strong with two netters before USC tied the contest—then went up on Kaeli Huff's fourth marker of the night.
In overtime, USC's Maeve McMahon won the opening draw and, after a quick USC timeout, the Trojans finished the game just 41 second into the frame.
Despite the loss, it was the fourth straight game that Lisella has recorded 10 or more saves. She also had a career-high 17 saves in the game, which tied for fourth in CU history.
CU is now 11-3 all-time in games decided by one goal.
Southern California 8, Colorado 7, OT
At McAlister FieldUSC (4-3)3418Colorado (5-3)3407
Goals — USC: Huff (4), McMahon, I. (2), McMahon M. (1), Concialdi (1); Colorado: Kiernam (4), Grozier (2), Cox (1).
Assists — USC: Cardias (2), McMahon M. (2), Huff (1), Miller (1); Colorado: Cox (1), Nemirov (1), Stinson (1).
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — USC: Johns (60:41-7-9); Colorado: Lisella (60:41-8-17).