The University of Colorado women’s soccer team withstood a last-second chance from the Longhorns and walked away with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Colorado (4-0-0) scored the first two goals of the game, both in the second half. Freshman Tessa Barton opened the scoring, picking up her first career goal. Senior Stephanie Zuniga added the second.
“I think taking advantage of it just being Sunday and warm, plus the altitude. We wanted to stretch the field a little bit and just link the ball through the midfield and then go forward,” head coach Danny Sanchez said. “I think in the first half we were getting a little impatient, we were just bombing the ball forward. In the second half, we found our forwards’ feet, built our numbers and it was probably a little unfortunate not to get the third goal. When you keep really good teams like that around—well you saw what happened at the end of the game.”
Texas (1-2-0) cut the lead in half in the 73rd minute and continued to press in the final third of the period. The drama intensified in the final second of play when Texas was awarded a penalty kick with 89:59 on the clock. Texas’ Haley Berg stepped up to the ball and rang it square off the crossbar, closing out the match.
“These types of situations happen more often than not. With international rules, there is added time where usually you’ll get one more play in before the whistle blows. Here, that 90 minutes is minutes. We talk about it all the time, you have to keep playing,” Sanchez said. “I thought, once again, that we had a kick that should have been kicked into the stands or by my office, which would have ended the game. Instead, we keep the ball in play and next thing you know they get into the box and draw a penalty. It was a good call, it was a penalty. J.J. [Tompkins] is just so tough and read it so well, so I think even if it wasn’t kicked that high that she would have still gotten it.”
CU wraps up its six-match homestand next week with Austin Peay (Sept. 5) and No. 21 Baylor (Sept. 8).
Colorado 2, No. 24 Texas 1
Texas 0 1 1
Colorado 0 2 2
Goals — CU: Tessa Barton (Camilla Shymka) 46th minute, Stephanie Zuniga (Tatum Barton) 62nd minute; UT: Julila Grosso 72nd minute.
Goalies — CU: JJ Tompkins 90-1-3; UT: Savannah Madden 90-2-4.