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CU soccer breaks winless steak with victory over Arizona State

Colorado junior Gabbi Chapa scored her first career goal and assisted on another as the Buffaloes got back in the win column with a 2-1 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.

Chapa got the Buffs on the board, converting on CU’s first shot of the game just 1:35 into the match and freshman Tessa Barton scored her fifth goal of the season to secure the win.

“Honestly, I don’t even know what happened,” Chapa said. “I just saw that I had no pressure on me. I kept dribbling, both center backs tried stepping to me and I just slid by them and aimed for the net. Nothing too crazy.”

Colorado improves to 10-4-1 and 2-3-1 in the Pac-12. Arizona State drops to 6-6-3 overall and 0-4-2 in the conference.

Chapa’s goal was the quickest strike of the season for the Buffs. It also marked the eighth earliest goal in CU history. The early lead helped the Buffs start with confidence. Colorado totaled four shots on goal in the first 45 minutes and kept ASU’s offense at a distance.

“Every game in the Pac-12 is like this. It doesn’t matter where they are in the standings, Arizona State is a very good team,” head coach Danny Sanchez. “Gabbi [Chapa] had a great run. She hasn’t been getting that end piece, but today she did. It was a great start for us, and it was great getting the early goal in the second half. It was disappointing giving up the goal late. Their [Arizona State] two strikers especially, but just the way that they play, they are tough to defend. I thought that we did a good job of eliminating their clear-cut opportunities. I think that their goal was just a great shot.”

The second half started similarly to the first for the Buffs. Chapa and Barton combined for CU’s second goal on the Buffs’ first shot of the half. Chapa dribbled up the middle of the field and played a ball to an open spot. Barton won the race at the top of the goal box and ripped a right-footed shot between the legs of Cascapera, giving the Buffs a two-goal advantage.

Colorado closes out its home schedule with a pair of matches next week. The Buffs will start with No. 2 Stanford on Thursday and then host California to wrap up the week on Sunday.

Colorado 2, Arizona State 1

Arizona St. 0 1 — 1
Colorado 1 1 — 2

Goals — CU: Gabbi Chapa, 2nd mintue, Tessa Barton (Gabbi Chapa), 48th minute; ASU: Dai Williams, 77th minute.

Goalies — CU: Tompkins 90-1-2; ASU: Cascapera 90-2-7.