CU women’s soccer loses in shoot out

Surrounded by Kansas players, CU's Lizzy Herzl leaps for a header. The Buffs beat Kansas 2-1 in the third minute of overtime Monday, Oct. 25. The Buffs lost in a shootout to Texas A&M Aggies Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas. (CU Independent/David Blackwell) (10-25-10)
It took a shootout to end the Buffs’ season.

Colorado women’s soccer (8-9-3 overall, 4-5-2 Big 12) lost 5-4 in a penalty shootout against Texas A&M (16-4-1, 8-2-1 Big 12) after going scoreless through 110 minutes in the quarterfinal of the Big 12 Championship Wednesday.

The Aggies had the best chance of the first half, when sophomore midfielder Raven Tatum unleashed a shot on goal in the 26th minute. It took a miraculous diving save from Colorado freshman goalkeeper Annie Brunner to preserve the score at 0-0.

Colorado managed eight shots in the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Sophomore midfielder Amy Barczuk led the Buffs in shots, contributing four of the 12 total.

With the score tied at the end of regulation, the game went to overtime. It was the Buffs’ ninth overtime appearance this season and only the Aggies’ fifth. The last overtime match-up between the two sides in September ended in a 2-1 Colorado victory.

Despite a strong effort from the Buffs, including forcing five corner kicks, the score remained 0-0 and went to a best of five shootout.

Each team scored in their first four attempts. A&M senior goalkeeper Kelly Dyer managed to save senior defender Taryn Vitacca’s penalty, leaving junior forward Merritt Mathias to put the game away. Mathias scored and gave the Aggies the win.

Texas A&M will move on to the semifinal of the tournament, where the team will face Oklahoma on Nov. 5.

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