The No. 20 Colorado women’s soccer team remained unbeaten Sunday when it topped Washington 2-1 in double overtime — thanks, in large part, to CU senior Jorian Baucom.
Baucom provided both of Colorado’s goals, netting her 10th and 11th of the season; the last being in extra time.
“I will take it. I was shocked to be all by myself in the box,” she said of the OT-winner. “We just have to be ready for those rebounds. Luckily, I was in the right spot at the right time to pick that up.”
Baucom, though, also opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Erin Greening served a ball into the goal box, looking for a deflection. She hit Baucom at the top of the six, and Baucom got a foot on the ball with her outstretched effort. Her deflection directed the ball across the net and past UW’s Siena Ruelas.
The Buffs pushed the offense in the first half, registering eight shots in the period. Jalen Tompkins denied all three shots on goal by the Huskies.
Washington tilted the momentum in the second half. The Huskies kept Tompkins busy, totaling 11 shots. UW’s equalizer came in the 84th minute. Kaylene Pang took a free kick for Washington from 40 yards out. Her ball went right in on Tompkins, but she was unable to pull it in cleanly.
The Buffs, though, were the aggressors in overtime. CU totaled three shots in the first 10-minute period.
Baucom and the Buffs, however, had enough four minutes into the second overtime. The play started with Kayleigh Webb keeping the ball in the offensive zone on a UW clear attempt. She made a run down the far sideline, forcing a Colorado corner kick.
Emily Groark then played the ball into the box. UW sent it out, but directly to Kinzer. Kinzner hit Libby Geraghty at the penalty spot, tipping the ball onto Baucom. The tic-tac play was capped by Baucom’s one-timer, sending the Buffs faithful into a frenzy.
“Kayleigh makes a great effort to just kind of get the ball down there,” CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. “She keeps it alive and Libby Geraghty flicks it on for Jorian. It is a good win for us because this is a very good team.”
Colorado finished the day with 20 total shots, sending nine on target. UW did not register a shot in either overtime, closing with 17.
Colorado had a decisive advantage in corner kicks, 10-3. The Buffs were awarded three corner kicks in the overtime periods, while Washington was unable to set up from the corner in overtime.
Colorado closes out its homestand Saturday at 1 p.m. The Buffs will take on Oregon in their only contest of the week.
The overtime win was the first of the season for the Buffs. … Colorado has played four overtime games this season now with a 1-0-3 record. … CU is one of just four unbeaten teams reaming in DI (Stanford, Georgetown, UC Riverside, Colorado). … Baucom now has a team-high 27 points (10 G, 5 A). … Greening now has an assist in three consecutive games. … Kinzner’s assist was her first point of the season. … Geraghty’s assist was her third of the season. … The win was the 35th of Tompkins’ career.