The weekend ended on a sour note for the Colorado soccer team on Sunday. The Buffaloes were dealt their first home loss of the season, falling to Oregon State in a 2-1 decision.
No. 17 Colorado (9-2-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12) controlled much of the contest, leading all the offensive categories on the stat sheet. Oregon State landed the first blow of the match in the 29th minute, taking all the momentum the Buffs had built.
Freshman Tessa Barton brought the Buffs back to even in the second half, registering her fourth goal of the season. Oregon State (9-1-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12) answered back minutes later to retake the one-goal advantage.
The Buffs continued to push as the clock wound down but were unable to extend the match and force overtime.
“The games are only going to get tougher,” coach Danny Sanchez said. “The disappointing part is being at home and dropping points, where I think that maybe we got a lot more out of it. Once again, as I said on Thursday, Oregon State had two good chances. They had two good chances and scored on both of them.
“We had 23 shots and only six were on frame, so we’re not being efficient enough. We’re creating good opportunities and their keeper made some nice saves there at the end. We’re 9-2-1 and we have to regroup and get ready for the California schools because it’s only going to get harder.”
The Buffs set a quick tempo early on against the Beavers. Sophomore Kayleigh Webb almost opened the scoring for the Buffs in the 4th minute. She hit a one-touch volley just over the crossbar from 12 yards out. The offense continued to fire for Colorado early in the match, recording the first six shots.
The near-misses became a frustrating theme for the Buffs. Senior Stephanie Zuniga put a shot just high of the crossbar in the 13th minute. Taylor Kornieck took a free kick in the 29th minute that also just missed its mark.
In the very next sequence, Oregon State’s Brianna McReynolds put the Beavers on the board. She took a cross from Marley Salveter at the top of six and fit it between the right post and the keeper.
Barton finally was able to get the Buffs on the board in the 73rd minute. Gabbi Chapa served a ball to Kyla Ferry. Ferry knocked it out of the air and onto Barton in the middle of the box. Barton hit it in stride and past goalie Bridgette Skiba, momentarily tying the match.
The Beavers sucked the energy out of Prentup Field four minutes later when Toni Malone scored.
“I think once we went down a second goal with 30 minutes to go, a little bit of desperation kicked in,” Sanchez said. “I think it just appears more urgent. But you must take more chances and I thought that we did a good job. We made some tactical adjustments and they worked. We just were a little impatient.”
Colorado heads to Los Angeles this week for a pair of matches. The Buffs will open the week at UCLA on Thursday and then face Southern California on Sunday.
Oregon State 2, Colorado 1
Oregon 1 1 — 2
Colorado 1 0 — 1
Goals — OSU: Brianna McReynolds (Marley Salveter), 28th minute; CU: Tessa Barton (Gabbi Chapa , Kyla Ferry), 72nd minute; OSU: Toni Malone, 76th minute
Goalies — OSU: Skiba 90-1-5; CU: Tompkins 90-1-2.