Soccer Sees Streak Fall, but Buffs Clinch Big 12

The Buffs wrapped up their regular season road schedule Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to Texas A&M at College Station. The loss breaks a record-setting 14-game win streak dating back to Aug. 28, but was enough to claim CU's first ever Big 12 conference title.

The University of Colorado soccer team saw its history-making 14-game win streak, which began in the Buffs' second regular season game of the year, come to an end Sunday afternoon at the hands of Texas A&M in a 2-0 loss to the Aggies at the University Soccer Complex in College Station. Even so, a Nebraska loss at the hands of Texas earlier in the season made it possible for the Buffaloes to clinch their first ever Big 12 Conference title even in losing Sunday, helping to bring CU's history-making regular season to an ironic conclusion.

Very similar to the team's game at Texas on Friday, the Aggies had Colorado on its heels most of the opening stanza, in fact outshooting CU 4-0 in the opening minutes of the contest.

CU proved resilient through the bulk of the contest, but was unable to fend off the Aggie attack late in the game. Texas A&M benefited from goals in the final 10 minutes from Emmy Smith on an assist from Becky Olson and then an insurance score by Linda Pierson in the 66th minute.

Not to say that CU didn't have its chances to counter during that time. Colorado had its chances when in Aggie territory, but couldn't overcome two more corners and shots forcing CU sophomore keeper Jessica Keller to make as many clears during what should have been the team's biggest offensive push.

With the win, the Buffaloes claimed their first title in a year that saw several solid Big 12 programs step up and make an impact on a national level. Texas and Nebraska have identical 6-3 conference marks, and on the point system, CU's 22 clinch the league title, as both the Longhorns and Huskers have 18 points and the Aggies 17.

The Buffaloes will officially wrap up the season in Boulder Friday against Nebraska before heading to San Antonio for the beginning of the Big 12 Tournament on Nov. 6.


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