Given the torrid scoring streak she is putting together, Taylor Kornieck figured there was little reason to extend the drama surrounding her inevitable record-setting tally.
Kornieck gave her Colorado Buffaloes soccer team a quick advantage and further cemented her place in program history Thursday at Prentup Field, scoring a historic goal early in the third minute in a Pac-12 showdown against Oregon. However, the visiting Ducks eventually put a damper on Kornieck’s celebration, battling back from a two-goal deficit to post a 2-2 tie.
The 17th-ranked Buffs led 2-0 12 minutes into the second half but settled for the draw after the Ducks scored twice over the final 18 minutes, 33 seconds of regulation.
The early goal by Kornieck was her ninth of the season and pushed her career point total to 95, breaking a tie with Nikki Marshall for the CU’s all-time record. It was the seventh goal over the past five games for the senior midfielder, who also inched closer to Marshall’s all-time goals scored record of 42. Kornieck’s strike just 2:11 into the match was the 36th goal of her career.
“I think we came out really strong, but we just didn’t manage the game well,” Kornieck said. “I think once they got their first goal, they had hope and they were a different team. It’s just unfortunate. At the end of the day I was focusing on getting the win, but the third minute was pretty exciting for me. I went over and celebrated with my team, because without them I never would have got that.”
For a player who typically is assailed by multiple defenders every time she is near the ball, Kornieck found herself working with a wealth of room after turning on an Oregon defender near the top right corner of the Ducks’ penalty area. Oregon was slow to react, and Kornieck was able to calmly line up a left-footed liner that Ducks goalie Katelyn Carter had little chance of stopping.
The Buffs pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute on a goal by Libby Geraghty, but for the first time since a match against Arizona in 2015, CU was unable to protect a two-goal lead. Oregon cut CU’s lead to 2-1 on a goal by Chardonnay Curran in the 72nd minute and pulled even with 4:23 remaining in regulation on a goal by Emma Eddy.
A shot by Geraghty hit the crossbar late in the first overtime, but the Buffs were unable to come up with the winning goal.
“Credit to (Oregon) first of all, but not pleased with how we defended when we had a 2-0 lead,” CU coach Danny Sanchez said. “I thought we started to panic and really stopped playing. Once you give them that goal to get back into it you could just feel the momentum shift. I’m not surprised they got the second goal. Having said that, I was pleased with what we did in overtime. Sometimes soccer gives, and sometimes it takes away.”
CU played without senior forward Tatum Barton, who will be sidelined indefinitely for what Sanchez described as a personal matter. Barton scored 11 goals last season, which tied for the fourth-best mark in team history, but she had not yet found the back of the net through the first 10 games of the season. Barton’s younger sister, Tessa Barton, was in the starting lineup Thursday…Sophomore defender and Evergreen native Sofia Weiner made her season debut for the Buffs. The defender played in all 20 games last year but was sidelined the first half of this season by an injury. Freshman Allie Palangi, who also was injured the first 10 games, made her CU debut…The Buffs host Oregon State on Sunday (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
Oregon 2, No. 17 Colorado 2
Oregon (4-2-4, 0-1-1) 0 2 0 0 — 2
Colorado (9-1-1, 1-0-1) 1 1 0 0 — 2
Goals — Colorado: Kornieck (Te. Barton), 3rd minute; Colorado: Geraghty (unassisted); Oregon: Curran (unassisted), 72nd minute; Oregon: Eddy (Cortez, Cook), 86th minute.
Goalies (Min.-goals allowed-saves) — Oregon: Carter (110-2-5); Colorado: Tompkins (110-2-1).