Arizona Soccer and Buffs Draw in Boulder - Tucson News Now

Arizona Soccer and Buffs Draw in Boulder


No. 21 Arizona (11-4-2, 5-3-1 Pac-12) scored three second-half goals for the first time since the season opener to tie Colorado (7-8-3, 1-6-2 Pac-12) at three in the 84th minute off Sheaffer Skadsen’s second goal of the season. In extra time, neither team was able to find the back of the net and the match ended in a score of 3-3.

Hannah Stevens, Paige Crouch and Skadsen found the back of the net for the Wildcats. The Wildcats outshot Colorado by a whopping 23-10 and took six more corner kicks than the Buffs. Crouch led the way for Arizona as she had five, which is a career high for her. Skadsen, Alexa Montgomery, Hayley Estopare and Laura Pimienta all played 110 minutes of the match today.

Arizona had the first scoring opportunity of the match in the second minute as Erica Stephan was taken down about 25 yards away from the goal. She took the free kick herself and went for goal, but it went over the crossbar.

Three minutes later, Colorado had a corner kick and it was a dangerous one, but Rachel Estopare, who got the start in cage today was able to make a good punch and cleared the danger.

Sarah Kinzner scored for Colorado in the 15th minute off an assist from Kate Scheele. She took a shot from about 20 yards out and there was nothing Estopare could do.

An Arizona goal was disallowed on the ensuing possession on a corner kick after a foul was called against Jaden DeGracie against the keeper.

On Colorado’s next possession in the 17th minute, Danica Evans scored on a header from Madison Krauser to make the score 2-0 Buffs.

Cece Bilginer found the ball at her feet after a flip throw on the left side of the field in the 30th minute. She took some contact but stayed strong and took a shot towards the upper left corner of the net. The ball went just wide though.

In the 41st minute, DeGracie stood over a free kick and decided to go for goal from about 40 yards away. Her shot was an absolute rocket and it was going towards the side net, but Colorado keeper Scheele was able to make her best save of the day.

In the second half, Arizona earned a corner kick after a Jessica Nelson flip throw wasn’t properly cleared. Stevens then scored Arizona’s first goal of the match in the 55th minute after Cali Crisler’s corner found the head of Nelson. Her header hit the crossbar and Stevens was right there to finish, cutting the lead in half. Stevens now has four goals this season.

Colorado then made the score 3-1 just six minutes later after Brie Hooks scored after her shot deflected off an Arizona defender. She was assisted by Emily Paxton.

Crouch scored her goal just two minutes and 42 seconds later to make the score 3-2. She received the ball after a corner kick and was wide open about 10 yards away from the goal. She perfectly placed it into the top right corner of the goal.

Jaden DeGracie and Tori Gates were each credited with an assist. Crouch now has four goals this season and DeGracie has five assists and 17 for her career, which is second all-time and is two away from the most in Arizona history.

In the 69th minute, Estopare’s header was saved by the keeper, but it was not caught. Stevens then took two more shots at the goal, but both were somehow blocked and the ball eventually went off Arizona for a goal kick.

Estopare then made two crucial saves in the next 10 minutes, keeping match in reach.

Skadsen scored the equalizer in the 84th minute after some impressive team passing as the ball never stuck with anyone. Kaitlyn Lopez, Crisler and Hannah Wong kept moving the ball back and forth up the field and then Wong found Skadsen wide open after a perfect back heel. Skadsen then clinically placed the ball into the left corner of the goal with her left foot, tying the match at three goals apiece.

Skadsen now has two goals this season and both of them have come in the 84th minute or later and have both been equalizers.

With 20 seconds left, Crouch put a flip throw towards the box and Estopare got her head on it. It was going right for the goal and the keeper made the save. It was close though, as she was inside the cage but kept the ball on the other side of the line.

The teams went back on to the field for extra time, and neither team created much of a chance in the first half. At the 104th minute, Arizona had their second goal disallowed after Crouch looked to score her second goal of the match and win the game, but the official stated that the Crouch fouled the keeper in order to score the goal.

Colorado had one more chance to score in the 107th minute, but the shot went just over the crossbar and the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

The Wildcats are back in action on Sunday, Nov. 1 as they take on Utah in Salt Lake City at 1 p.m. MST.

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