TEMPE, Ariz.- Twenty-two seconds separted the Arizona State soccer team from a tie with Colorado Sunday before Cali Farquharson took a feed from Courtney Tinnin, spun around and scored the game winner in the second overtime, giving the Sun Devils a 2-1 win.
“Tinnin got the ball and there was no one on her, and I just ran diagonally from her and turned, shot and scored,” Farquharson said.
It was the eighth of the season for the freshman from Phoenix’s Shadow Mountain High School who had a hat trick versus USC Sept. 28, as ASU improved to 9-8-2 and 5-4-1 in the Pacific-12. Colorado fell to 8-8-3 and 2-7-1.
“I was so relieved, it was unbelievable,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said of the OT goal. “It was a battle, I didn’t think we created enough clean chances, so I was waiting for that, when we could settle down and move the ball quicker and simply cleaner. We were so aggressive, which I love, but it’s hard to go from this aggressive intensity to a calm, composed artistry. Cali did that spin, and I was like ‘Oh my god, this is it.’”
Devin Marshall opened the scoring for ASU with her team-leading ninth of the season in the 19th minute on a header just over the goalie’s hands, replicating one of the two she scored in her previous game, a 4-1 win over Utah. Senior defender Sierra Joseph set her up with a free kick from midfield.
“It was almost identical to Thursday night’s goal,” Marshall said. “As soon as we got the foul there, I literally pictured me doing the exact same thing. I was going to say something to Sierra like ‘Hey, let’s do it just like Thursday!’ but I decided that might jinx it, so it was the exact same goal, and I knew I was going to get up on it and I did.”
The Buffaloes tied it in the 40th minute when Amy Barczuk pounded it past goalkeeper Chandler Morris, just after ASU’s Sara Tosti made a block. Morris made six saves in the game, while Colorado’s Annie Brunner recorded nine.
Farquharson, who had four shots in the game, and Aissa Sanchez had great scoring chances 10 minutes into the second half, the earlier stopped on a Brunner dive.
Colorado freshman forward Emily Paxton (Anthem, Ariz.) just brushed over the net in the 68th minute, the Buffaloes’ best chance of the second half. Although, Anne Stuller was just wide with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, the potential game winner.
“Many of the Pac-12 teams struggle with Colorado because they’re so organized with the ball,” Boyd said. “Give them a lot of credit. They didn’t hang their heads by exposing themselves, they stuck with their game plan.”
ASU had two earlier chances to win it in the second overtime on shots from Kaitlyn Pavlovich and Tinnin, whose light header was just grabbed by a vertically leaping Brunner.
The Sun Devils conlude their regular season at 4 p.m. Friday, meeting Arizona, which defeated Utah, 1-0, Sunday. It will be the final home games for Tinnin, Sanchez, Joseph, Alyssa Freeman, Taylor McCarter, Nicki Stone, and Kiara Williams.
“This win gave us more confidence, and we’ll go out there with more intensity to beat U of A,” Farquharson said.
The Buffaloes’ last game is also Friday, as they host Utah.