Jalen Tompkins would have much preferred walking away with the victory. However, at least she earned a little one-on-one bragging rights over a good friend.
The redshirt sophomore goalie from the Colorado soccer team kept the Buffaloes in the match against No. 1 UCLA on Friday with a diving stop of a Bruins penalty kick less than five minutes after halftime.
That chance was taken by UCLA redshirt sophomore Anika Rodriguez, with whom Tompkins became good friends when they trained together at national team camps. Tompkins went with a gut feeling and dived to her right, preserving what at the time was a scoreless tie with a sprawling save.
“I don’t know. Goalkeeper’s reactions. I just kind of had a feeling,” Tompkins said. “I just went for it. She’s my good friend…I went with my gut and it was right.”
Rodriguez got her revenge, though, when she slipped a crossing pass past Tompkins’ goal mouth to set up UCLA’s first goal, a tally by Ashley Sanchez in the 59th minute that paved the way for the Bruins’ 2-0 victory.
Vidger’s red card
Friday’s battle eroded into a physical, often chippy affair on the field as well as between the benches. That heightened emotion will cost the Buffs the services of starting midfielder Alex Vidger for one game.
With just one minute, 22 seconds remaining in a contest UCLA led 2-0, Vidger received her second yellow card of the game, resulting in an automatic red card and a one-game suspension for CU’s next game at Washington State on Thursday. Vidger, a junior who has started nine of 10 games this season, will be back in action for the following match Oct. 1 at Washington.
“It’s a little unfortunate. Obviously we were pushing numbers forward and she lost the ball at the midfield,” CU coach Danny Sanchez said. “What you want to do is you want to stop the counter-attack there. She was just doing what she’s taught to do. Unfortunately she had picked up a yellow earlier. A little unlucky. She’ll miss Washington State but be back for Washington.”
Midfielder Hannah Scheid suffered a knee injury during last week’s win at the University of Denver and did not play for the first time this season against the Bruins. Scheid played in each of the first nine games, averaging 19.7 minutes per match off the bench. Sanchez said Scheid will be sidelined at least two to three weeks.
The Buffs fell to 0-7 all time when playing the No. 1 team in the nation. Friday’s match was just the second of those contests the Buffs played at home…Freshman forward Marty Puketapu returned to the rotation after missing last week’s win at DU. Puketapu was called up to the national team of her native New Zealand for a pair of friendlies against the U.S. Women’s National team.