The Colorado women’s soccer team won its seventh consecutive match Sunday, topping Arizona State 1-0 in Tempe, Ariz., with Taylor Kornieck’s 45th-minute free kick proving the difference.
The Buffaloes are now 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12, while ASU dropped to 5-4-2 and 0-2-1 in conference play.
The seven-match winning streak is the longest for CU since 2008. It is also the first 3-0 start in conference play since 2009, when CU was in the Big 12.
Sunday’s match was the fourth straight 1-0 result for the Buffs, and the third match in a row in which Kornieck has scored the game-winner.
Kornieck’s deciding free kick came after two Arizona State players collided with CU’s Mikaela Kraus on a header after a ball chipped to the top of the box by Stephanie Zuniga. After a lengthy delay for an injury to one of the ASU players, play ensued with Kornieck converting a free kick from 19 yards out at the top of the box, just left of the center of the goal. Her shot drove in to the right side of the net past the wall set by ASU’s defense.
“I thought we were playing well. We really limited their opportunities and they have some dangerous players,” CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. “It was good creativity from Stephanie to find Mikaela and for Mikaela to draw the foul at the top of the box.
“Like I told the team after the game, we need 21 players. We need everyone that’s traveling to contribute and Mikaela and Stephanie helped draw the foul and it was obviously a great finish by Taylor.”
Colorado came out in command early in the second half. Kornieck nearly had another goal in the 61st minute when her free kick from 20 yards out hit the left post.
Arizona State took a brief command of possession for a couple of minutes and nearly had a goal in the 63rd minute. Jalen Tompkins made a save, and then her ensuing goal kick led to a breakaway for ASU’s Jazmarie Mader. But Tompkins forced Mader to the right side of the box and came up with a diving, point-blank save to keep CU in front.
CU quickly regained momentum and held the Sun Devils off until the 83rd minute when Tompkins made two more key saves as ASU started pushing numbers forward out of desperation.