The No. 16 Colorado women's soccer team tied its longest unbeaten streak in program history with its 4-1 win over Oregon on Saturday in Boulder.
The Buffaloes' streak is now at 15 games, improving to 12-0-3 on the season and 4-0-2 in the Pac-12 Conference. Oregon falls to 7-6-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the conference.
The 2003 Buffaloes totaled a 15-game unbeaten streak after dropping their first contest of the season.
The first break of the afternoon went in favor of the Buffs. Oregon was whistled for a handball inside the box, awarding Colorado a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. Head coach Danny Sanchez elected for junior Taylor Kornieck to step up and take the kick. She was calm under pressure and placed the ball in the lower left corner of the net, giving the Buffs a 1-0 advantage.
Colorado did not waste any time getting back on the scoreboard. Just as they have done all-season Colorado kept the pressure on the Ducks and found the back of the net again the 37th minute. Junior Stephanie Zuniga sent a perfect ball into Marty Puketapu who finished with a header from the six, resulting in the eventual game-winning goal.
Colorado's first-half scoring was not complete. The Buffs caught another break after Oregon was again whistled for a foul in the box. Again, Kornieck was called upon to take the penalty kick. Oregon goalkeeper Halla Hinriksdottir dove to her left and Kornieck's shot went opposite, giving CU a 3-0 lead at the half.
"I thought our movement was very good. I thought we were playing on the front-foot. On the first goal—yeah it was a penalty—but Taylor [Kornieck] created it by putting pressure on their defenders. I thought the second goal was quality. It was a great serve from Stephanie (Zuniga) and a great finish from Marty (Puketapu)," head coach Danny Sanchez said. "Marty has been training really well so it was great for her to get in and get a goal. The third goal—once again Libby (Geraghty) created it—taking people on and Taylor buried it. I was a little disappointed to give up the one goal, but Oregon is a good team. They are going to score. I was really pleased with how we bounced back. It was a great finish by Libby off a nice assist from Chaynee (Kingsbury). It was a really good win for us against a very good team today."
Oregon got one back in the 61st minute. Chardonnay Curran headed the ball and sent it back across the net, beating Scout Watson.
Colorado returned the favor in the 69th minute. Libby Geraghty and Chaynee Kingsbury teamed up for the final tally of the afternoon. Kingsbury found Geraghty with a cross and Geraghty completed the play with a diving header, scoring her first career goal.
Colorado takes to the road for the final time in Pac-12 play. The Buffs will be at California (Oct. 18) and at No. 1 Stanford (Oct. 21.)