The University of Colorado women’s soccer team’s run of defensive shutouts ended Sunday afternoon, but the Buffaloes’ unbeaten streak lives on.
CU scored early and shifted into cruise control from there, beating visiting Iowa State 3-1 at Prentup Field.
The Buffs improved to 4-0-1 this season, while the Cyclones fell to 1-4-1.
Taylor Kornieck got the Buffs on the scoreboard in the fourth minute with a volley off a free kick by Kelsey Aaknes. Kornieck received the long ball in the box, tapped it up in the air, and blasted it through the hands of goalkeeper Dayja Schwichtenberg.
CU took a 2-0 lead in the ninth minute as Jorian Baucom scored her third goal of the year. She took a pass from Tatum Barton in the box with her back to the goal, turned to her left and dribbled around a defender to fired it towards the far post.
“I thought we came out great,” CU coach Danny Sanchez said via a school news release. “I thought the first 30 minutes might have been some of the best 30 minutes we have played all year. Not just scoring the two goals but our movement in the attack, solid in the back. I was really pleased with that.
CU freshman Jesse Loren notched her first career goal in the 60th minute. She headed in a corner kick from fellow freshman Emily Groark to push the lead to 3-0.
CU allowed its first goal of the season in the 89th minute. A failed clearance from the box landed at the feet of Iowa State’s Emily Steil, and she pushed the ball up to Klasey Medelberg, who beat CU goalie Jalen Tompkins.
For the match, Colorado outshot Iowa State 18-9 and had a 9-3 advantage on corner kicks. The Buffs also had nine shots on goal.
“Iowa State was putting a lot of pressure on us (in the second half),” Sanchez said. ” Credit to them, they are well coached. They got a well-deserved goal at the end.
“Like I told the team, we are going to give up goals. We are pleased to get the win over a very good Big 12 team and now we are excited to get out to Marquette and Michigan State next week.”
CU visits Marquette at 6 p.m. Thursday.