Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
Jalen Tompkins has always looked up to Annie Brunner.
Like the passing of a torch, now future generations of Colorado Buffaloes goalkeepers will aim for a standard set by Tompkins.
The CU soccer team continued its hot streak Thursday while Tompkins collected an impressive team record as the Buffs used two second-half goals to power past Oregon for a 3-1 victory at Prentup Field.
It was the eighth win in a row for CU, which also improved to 4-0 in Pac-12 Conference play. Although Tompkins saw her streak of four consecutive shutouts come to an end, she kept her net clean long enough to break Brunner’s program record for consecutive shutout minutes.
Tompkins streak ended at 480 minutes, 43 seconds. Brunner, currently CU’s director of performance analysis, turned in a scoreless streak of 477:11 in 2013.
“I usually don’t think many goalkeepers are better than me, but J.J. is,” Brunner said. “I’m proud of her and she has really worked her butt off. It’s fun to see her thriving.”
CU took a quick lead on a fortuitous bounce early in the third minute when a flip throw-in from Danica Evans found the head of freshman Taylor Kornieck in the middle of Oregon’s penalty box. A clearing attempt from the Ducks’ Miranda Schulz went awry and instead landed in Oregon’s net for a 1-0 CU lead.
With Tompkins’ defenders were dealing with some injury issues on Thursday, Oregon tallied the first goal against the Buffs since Sept. 11 to tie the match 1-1 at halftime. Yet after managing just one shot on goal in the first half, the Buffs quickly went on the offensive after the break.
Emily Bruder, who was thwarted by a good save from Oregon goalie Halla Hinriksdottir midway through the first half, launched a line drive in the early moments of the second half that Hinriksdottir just managed to tip over the crossbar. Bruder finally broke through off the ensuing corner kick to give CU a 2-1 lead.
Kornieck added insurance in the 71st minute after Stephanie Zuniga was tackled in the penalty area, converting a penalty kick for her ninth goal of the season. It was the fourth consecutive game with a goal for Kornieck, who now owns the third-most goals by a freshman in program history.
“Every time we put a goal in the net I feel it motivates the whole entire team, and I feel that’s exactly what it did,” Bruder said. “Everyone on the team was being aggressive and everyone was working for each other on and off the ball.”
While the Buffs kept their undefeated Pac-12 mark intact, injury issues along the back line are a growing concern for head coach Danny Sanchez. The quartet of Erin Greening, Joss Orejel, Kahlia Hogg, and Kelsey Aaknes have helped power the team’s shutout streak, but Orejel missed Thursday’s contest due to a knee injury suffered last weekend at Arizona State. Orejel is expected to remain sidelined for Sunday’s home tilt against Oregon State.
Hogg, a team captain who missed most of last season due to a knee injury, exited Thursday’s contest in the fifth minute due to a right knee issue and is expected to undergo an MRI on Friday.
“Joss and Kahlia are key to the defense, but what’s great about this team and the dynamic we have right now is that anyone can play anywhere,” Tompkins said. “We all want each other to succeed. I wasn’t worried. I know Kahlia is a huge leader on this team, so I knew I had to step up and I think (Alex) Vidger stepped up.”
Colorado 3, Oregon 1
At Prentup Field
Oregon (6-6-1, 1-3) 1 0 — 1
Goals (assists) — CU: Oregon own goal, 3rd minute; Oregon: Fawcett (Morrow), 42nd minute; CU: Bruder (unassisted), 63rd minute; CU: Kornieck (PK), 71st minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Oregon: Hinriksdottir (90-3-3); CU: Tompkins (90-1-5).