Ending a drought of four scoreless games, the Arizona State soccer team tied Colorado, 2-2, Friday night in Tempe, a wildly-lopsided officiating match.
The Sun Devils (8-7-2, 3-4-2 Pacific-12) survived five of the six yellow cards handed out and were called 15 fouls to the Buffaloes’ (12-4-2, 4-3-2) seven. ASU was also called offsides three times.
“My team battled a lot of adverse conditions,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said. “We went down 1-0 and came back, a PK that should have been called an opposite way, and the goal that was taken back. Our team was utterly frustrated, and they had every right to be. This is my 18th year, and I don’t think I’ve had that one sided of an affair in calls.”
Colorado’s Madison Krauser opened the scoring with a blast in the 17th minute that goalkeeper Chandler Morris lost control of. It was the sophomore’s fourth of the season.
With 35 seconds remaining in the first half, senior defender Kaitlyn Pavlovich scored ASU’s first goal since Sara Tosti during Oct. 11th’s 1-0 win over Oregon. Off of a free kick, Blair Alderson found Pavlovich, who headed in her second of the year.
“We played our hardest, but a tie is better than a loss,” Pavlovich said. “I’ve been practicing it (the header), so it was about time it happened, it felt good to get us back in the game.”
Alderson, also a senior, scored the go-ahead goal in the 53rd minute, her second of the season, off a Cali Farquharson pass.
Darcy Jerman tied it on a penalty kick for the Buffaloes in the 71st minute, her third goal.
Needing a win, the Sun Devils gave everything in the final moments, and Canadian freshman Larisa Staub just missed one in the crease.
Each team opened the first overtime with a failed set piece, and after numerous scoring chances on both ends, Morris robbed a wide open Brie Hooks with 1:10 remaining, probably her biggest save of the season on the freshman who is second on the team in goals. Morris ended with six saves, and Colorado’s Annie Brunner had eight. In total, ASU outshot the Buffaloes 24-13.
“She’s obviously disappointed with that first goal,” Boyd said of Morris. “That’s completely uncharacteristic of her, there have been no keeper-error goals, that’s the first this year.”
The Sun Devils conclude their home schedule at noon Sunday against Utah, as they will celebrate the careers of seniors Pavlovich, Alderson, Devin Marshall, Jasmine Roth, Holland Crook, and Rachael Ritter. Colorado is at Arizona at the same time before warpping up the season the following week at the Utes.