CU soccer drops heartbreaker to No. 6 Florida State in OT

Taylor Kornieck scores two goals in tough loss


No. 6 Florida State Seminoles, the defending national champions, needed every last second to hand No. 24 University of Colorado Buffaloes a 3-2 defeat, scoring the game-winner in the 10th minute of the first overtime Thursday night in Tallahassee, Fla.

The loss marks the first on the season for CU, which now sits at 6-1-0. Florida State improves to 5-2-0.

Senior Taylor Kornieck scored both goals for the Buffs and goalkeeper JJ Tompkins fended off a barrage of shots from the Seminoles, making nine saves. Florida State outshot Colorado 28-6.

Each side had a hard time establishing a flow to the match with the clock frequently getting whistled to a halt in the first half. Colorado picked up five cards in the first 45 minutes, including a red that was awarded to CU assistant coach Jason Green. Head coach Danny Sanchez also received a yellow card. The officials handed out eight cards in all, leading to three total penalty-kick goals.

Kornieck scored the first of her two goals off a header in the 29th minute, giving CU the 1-0 advantage. FSU followed up in the 32nd with a penalty-kick goal by Deyna Castellanos to even the match at 1-1.

The Seminoles struck first in the second half, again on a penalty kick to gain their first lead of the night. Kornieck scored the equalizer for the Buffs in the 65th minute from the penalty spot. Kornieck improved to 7-for-7 on penalty kicks in her career and took over the program’s all-time lead in penalty-kick goals. Tompkins kept CU in the match late with key save after key save.

Colorado was 12 seconds shy of forcing a second overtime when the Seminoles’ Jenna Nighswonger put the game-winner past Tompkins.

The Buffs suffered a tough setback midway through the first half when freshman forward Roo Yarnell-Williams, who entered the match with a team-leading three goals, left the field with what appeared to be a serious right ankle injury.

Florida State 3, Colorado 2

Colorado 1 1 0 — 2
Florida St.1 1 1 —  3

Goals — CU: Taylor Kornieck  (Stephanie Zuniga), 28th minute, Taylor Kornieck (penalty kick), 64th minute;  FSU: Deyna Castellanos (penalty kick), 32nd minute, Jenna Nighswonger (penalty kick), 59th minute, Jenna Nighswonger  (Gabby Carle), 99th minute.

Goalies — CU: JJ Tompkins (99:48-3-9); FSU: Caroline Jeffers (99:48-2-0)