The Univesity of Colorado soccer team found itself in a 2-0 hole at the half against No. 13 Stanford but used a second-half surge, led by Shanade Hopcroft, to force the Cardinal into overtime and earned a 2-2 draw at Prentup Field on Sunday.
Colorado’s super senior went airborne in the 64th minute, converting an acrobatic bicycle kick from 17-feet out to get the Buffs on the board. Hopcroft wasn’t done adding to the scoresheet, assisting on Jade Babcock-Chi’s goal in the 66th minute, erasing Stanford’s 2-0 lead.
“We always say to ourselves ‘bike it,’ and nobody ever does,” head coach Danny Sanchez said about the goal. “This is my 27th year as a head coach between men and women. To be able to do that at that moment— and that’s a tough bike, sometimes the ball comes across head height. That ball was a good 25 feet in the air and to get clean contact was a special moment for her but really for the team, it gave us energy and a lift to get back in the game.”
— Colorado Buffaloes Soccer (@CUBuffsSoccer) October 17, 2021
The Buffs almost pulled off the upset in the closing seconds of the second overtime, again with help from Hopcroft. She served up a perfect corner ball and found Alyssa Duke inside the box. There was contact on the scramble for the ball and Duke was unable to get a clean foot on the ball to get the winner.
The result marks the first draw between the two schools in 13 matches. The Buffaloes were previously 0-for-12 against the Cardinal and had never scored more than one goal against Stanford.
Colorado (6-6-2, 1-3-2 Pac-12) got six saves from Dani Hansen, with none bigger than a 1-on-1 stop against Stanford’s Samantha Williams in the 104th minute to keep the Buffs alive.
Stanford (10-3-1, 4-1-1 Pac-12) got its two goals from Maya Doms and Sierra Enge in a span of 10-minutes. Cardinal keeper, Katie Meyer, made four saves on the day
CU looks ahead to its final two home matches of the season next week, hosting Oregon (Thursday) and Oregon State (Sunday).