Taylor Kornieck continued an impressive season Sunday by scoring the deciding goal in No. 22 Colorado’s 3-2 upset of No. 10 California in Berkeley, Calif.
It was the highest-ranked opponent CU has beaten since 2010, and Kornieck’s winner came at the death — in the final moment of the second period in extra time. The freshman headed in a free kick taken by teammate Stephanie Zuniga from near midfield.
“Everything was happening so fast with the clock winding down and seeing 10 seconds left and people screaming at me to go, go, go,” Zuniga said. “It was just really important to take a deep breath, stay composed and really place the ball right where they wanted it. And the target, especially in those situations, is Taylor because she’s the tallest one and we know she makes things happen as well.”
The win preserved the Buffs’ place atop the Pac-12 at 7-1 in league play (13-4 overall) and saved them from what would have been a tough draw. The Buffs led for almost the entire second half, with Danica Evans scoring in the 54th and 61st minutes for her second brace in three matches. But their 2-0 lead evaporated in the final minutes of regulation, as the Golden Bears (12-2-2, 5-1-2) struck in the 88th and 89th to force extra time.
“I thought we played well in the second half,” CU coach Danny Sanchez said. “Danica of course scored two great goals, but Cal was putting so much pressure on us. Like I told the team, to give up two late goals like that is really just a punch in the gut and it took us a few minutes to bounce back. I think the best thing that happened at that point was [regulation] ended and we were able to regroup in overtime.”
Goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins made several key saves in extra time to keep the Buffs level.
Colorado, which had previously beaten three top-10 ranked schools, hosts 12th-ranked UCLA at 3 p.m. Thursday at Prentup Field.