Fortunately for the Colorado women’s soccer team, freshman Taylor Kornieck is too young to understand, or even care about, the Buffaloes’ recent troubles with Washington State.
Kornieck ended those troubles in dramatic fashion on Friday night, scoring a goal in the 89th minute to lift the Buffaloes to a 1-0 victory in their Pac-12 Conference opener.
It was the fifth consecutive win for CU (7-3), which also had been outscored 13-1 during a five-game losing streak against the Cougars. Kornieck converted her winner on the Buffs’ only shot on goal of the match. The victory was the 200th in the 20-year history of the CU program.
The Buffs had been somewhat fortunate to still be in a scoreless tie late, as Washington State enjoyed a 23-8 advantage in overall shots, including seven on goal, and an 8-1 edge in corner kicks. Redshirt freshman goalie Jalen Tompkins had a huge night for CU with seven saves.
Kornieck was able to take advantage when Washington State defender Maegan O’Neill was unable to contain a long, bounding lead pass from Sarah Kinzner. Attacking the outside of the left post and gaining inside position on O’Neill, Kornieck was able to beat Cougars goalie Ella Dederick with a low shot inside the far post.
It was the team-leading sixth goal of the season for Kornieck, who already has surpassed the total of the team’s co-leaders in goals last year, Danica Evans and Brie Hooks. Kornieck’s six goals also already is tied for the fifth-most by a freshman in program history.
The result was a significant one for the Buffs, who went 0-5 on the road in Pac-12 play a a year ago. CU plays its first three league games on the road this year, a stretch that continues next week at Arizona.
Colorado 1, Washington State 0
At Washington State
Colorado (7-3) 0 1 — 1
Goals (assists) — Colorado: Kornieck (Kinzner), 89th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Colorado: Tompkins (90-0-7); Washington State: Dederick (90-1-0).