TUCSON, Ariz. — The No. 18 Colorado women’s soccer team played to its second consecutive 1-1 draw on Sunday. The Buffs remain unbeaten on the season, closing the weekend at 9-0-3.
Shots came at a premium in the first half, with each side recording just four. The game’s offensive excitement all came in the 12th minute.
Arizona (8-2-1, 1-1-1) got on the board first, 11:12 into the contest. Jada Talley won the ball at midfield and raced down the left wing. She beat CU goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins from the center of the 18, placing the ball in the right upper corner.
The Buffs did not have to wait long to even the score. It took junior Taylor Kornieck just 14 seconds to find the back of the net, following the Arizona goal. Erin Greening sent the ball into the box off the kickoff. Kornieck won the race down the field and volleyed the ball high over Arizona’s Lainey Burdett for her sixth goal of the season.
Kornieck remains fifth in career points in Colorado history with 59.
“I thought we played well,” Colorado coach Danny Sanchez said. “Arizona is a good team. Once again, we went into a tough environment on the road and got results. I was proud of our effort. I was really pleased with our response after giving up the goal. Taylor’s goal was first class. Not many players in the country can score that goal.”
Both teams played solid defense throughout the rest of the afternoon.
The Wildcats got a chance in the 40th minute, catching Tompkins on the move. Arizona had a look at a wide-open net but CU defender Kayleigh Webb cleared the ball to safety from the goal line.
Tompkins made the save of the afternoon in the 59th minute. Arizona was awarded a free kick from just off the 18-yard mark. Amanda Parker stepped up and struck the ball toward the upper right corner. Tompkins took one step to her left and leaped to make the diving save.
Emily Groark had the Buffs’ best chance at the lead in the 85th minute. She put the ball on Arizona’s Burdett from the top of the six. Burdett was able to tip enough of the shot to direct it high into the crossbar.
“They had more numbers behind the ball, so we did not have as many opportunities,” Sanchez said. “We still had a couple of good chances. You want to go on the road and get results and we did that.”
Tatum Barton fought off three defenders in the 110th minute, looking to end the contest. She fired just wide of the left post on CU’s final shot of the day.
Arizona outshot Colorado, 6-3, in the two overtime periods. The Buffs totaled the only two shots on net, both coming in the first overtime. Colorado was outshot 17-15. It was the second consecutive game and just third time CU has been outshot on the season. All three times have come on the road.
The Buffs have trailed just twice this season. Briefly against Arizona, and on Sept. 6 against Marquette.
Colorado returns home next week for a pair of matches. The Buffs will take on Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Sunday.
“It just wasn’t our day to get three points,” Sanchez said. “We will regroup and get ready for Thursday.”