The University of Colorado soccer team overcame an early Stanford goal to play even with the No. 23 Cardinal for much of the match at Maloney Field at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Sunday.

Stanford’s Civana Kulhmann threw the fatal blow in the 88th minute, escaping the Buffaloes’ grasp, 2-1.

Stanford (3-2-0, 2-1-0 Pac-12) got on the board right out of the gate in the 4th with a goal by Sarah Paulson, due in part to a rare mishandle in net. The Buffs kept pushing the remainder of the half to get the equalizer, with their efforts coming to fruition in the 45th minute off the head of Hannah Sharts.

“Sometimes when you give up that early goal you hang your head,” head coach Danny Sanchez explained. “I was really pleased with how we responded. Stanford’s a very good team. I thought, collectively, defending we did a great job on their dangerous players. To get the goal right before half really got our energy going in the second half.”

Colorado (4-2-1, 1-1-1 Pac-12) was outshout on the day by the Cardinal, 17-10, but made the most of its five shots on net throughout the day. Freshman Shyra James totaled three shots on net to lead the CU charge. Dani Hansen recovered after her early hiccup, making seven saves.

“The big picture of it is that it was a good weekend for us on the road against two very good teams,” Sanchez added. “Now we have to build off that.”

Colorado plays six of its last nine at home, starting with UCLA and USC next weekend. The Buffs will take on the Bruins at noon on Friday and then turn around and face the Trojans at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be on the Pac-12 Networks.

Stanford 2, Colorado 1

Colorado 1 0 1
Stanford 1 1 2

Goals – Stanford, Sarah Paulson (Sierra Enge), 3:30; CU, Hannah Sharts (Lawson Willis), 37:33; Stanford, Civana Kulhmann (Belle Briede, Sierra Enge), 87:33.

Goalies – CU: Dani Hansen 90-2-7; Stanford: Katie Meyer 90-1-4.