No. 12 Soccer Settles for Tie in Norman

The No. 12 University of Colorado soccer team was different than most others in the country for several reasons; one being that CU has been able to close out all but one of the tie game situations they've found themselves in thus far this season. That single instance, of course, occurred in the teams' first regular season game of the year on Aug. 28 when then-second-ranked Portland scored in the final three minutes of the second half to steal a win from the Buffaloes on opening weekend.

Since, Colorado hasn't made that mistake. They've taken a staggering consistency to scoring first and often and, when they haven't been able to do that, the Lady Buffs have seen individual efforts and key plays lift the entire above the competition, and into a top 15 ranking.

All of that was still true until Sunday afternoon.

The Buffs came away with their first non-loss outcome in Norman since 1997 when No. 12 Colorado and No. 18 Oklahoma played to a 110 minute scoreless overtime tie at John Crain Field on the OU campus on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

The Buffs registered 11 shots, six of which were on goal, in the first full 30 minutes against the Lady Sooners, who themselves managed just a single shot in that first half.

After such an intense offensive first half, both teams suffered exhaustion as the teams began the second.

"We worked so hard for a score in the first half that it was only natural that there be a letdown in the second," Buffs head coach Bill Hempen said.

Adding to Colorado's daunting opposition against the nationally-ranked Sooners, co-captain Jen Thais missed her second consecutive game, an unfortunate setback that everyone knew affected the Buffs.

"(Her absence) was a big factor," Hempen said after the game. "On Friday we played on the emotion of not having her and couldn't sustain that emotion. We took Kathryn (Grandinetti) from the forward line and put her at midfield which altered our dynamic."

The Buffs will hope that their leader will be able to return with them to begin a two-game homestand in Boulder with games against Kansas and Oklahoma State on Oct. 17 and 19.


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