Hayley Hughes scored her first goal of the season in the eighth minute and the Buffs scored the game-winner on an own goal in the 76th minute.
On Friday, the Buffs (4-1-2) were routed by Denver, 4-1. Against Cincinnati (3-3-1), the Buffs dominated play, but had trouble finishing their chances.
CU out-shot the Bearcats 25-9, including a 16-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Buffs also had nine corner kicks to just five for Cincinnati.
Colorado dominated play in the first half, but still went into the break with a 1-1 tie.
In the first minute, Hughes had a breakaway chance, but Cincinnati keeper Kristina Utley made the stop.
Seven minutes later, Hughes found the back of the net. Using her speed, she got on another breakaway, this time putting the ball past Utley.
The Buffs kept up the pressure, posting 14 shots in the first half, nine of them on net. Anne Stuller had a pair of hard shots early in the half, but Utley was up to the task.
Cincinnati, which had just three shots on net, got the equalizer 5:37 before the half. After a corner kick, Megan Cravenor gathered a loose ball in front of the net and booted it home.
Colorado kept the pressure on throughout the game. In the 76th minute, freshman Emily Paxton got a foot on the ball, poking it toward the net. The ball hit off a Bearcats defender and into the net.
NOTABLE: CU's Quinn Krier and Cincinnati's Laura Rose received yellow cards in the second half. ... Two of CU's three goals during the tournament were own goals. Prior to this tournament, the Buffs had just two own goals in program history (one in 2004 and one in 2009). ... This was the first-ever meeting between the Buffs and Bearcats.
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