Sept. 20, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 12 Santa Clara women's soccer team took down another top-25 team today, defeating No. 23 Colorado 1-0 on the final day of the Stanford/Nike Classic. Senior Kiki Bosio earned the game-winning header in the 9th minute of the first overtime to put the Broncos on top.
Santa Clara bombarded the Buffaloes with shots all game, but couldn't seem to find the back of the net despite numerous quality chances.
In the seventh minute, redshirt senior Jordan Angeli's header off freshman Lauren Matheson's serve sailed just inches above the crossbar. Bosio had a chance as well in the 11th minute, but hers too was just off the mark.
In the 36th minute, the Broncos had their best opportunity of the half when sophomore Jenny LaPonte beat her defender and drove a hard ball across the face of the goal. The ball was dummied, drawing both the defense and goalkeeper Kara Linder out of position and ended up at junior Kendra Perry's feet. Perry sent the ball towards the net, but at the last second a Colorado defender recovered to clear the ball off the line.
The half ended scoreless, despite Santa Clara dominating the shot count 11-2 and having two corner kicks to the Buffaloes' zero.
The physical match continued much the same way in the second stanza, with the Broncos putting Linder under pressure in the first five minutes. Bosio again attempted on goal, but was stoned by the Buffs' netminder, her third save of the game.
At 68:27, freshman Allie Vernon got the ball on her foot, from senior Lexi Orand's cross, in a crowd just a few yards from the goal line with her back to the net and tried to create space by taking a few touches backwards. It took two Colorado defenders to deny her shot off the turn, which would have been a certain goal with Linder screened in the flurry.
In the 84th minute, Angeli again had a header opportunity, but hit the cross bar. The resulting rebound came off a player and went to Bosio, who was then ruled offside before she could stick the ball in the goal.
And so the game went to overtime for the second time this season for Santa Clara, and the Broncos continued to overwhelm the Buffs. Just 30 seconds in, LaPonte pelted a shot on net that Linder had to tip over the bar for a corner kick.
Linder then had to swat away shots from Bosio and Vernon, with Vernon's resulting in a corner kick. Freshman Olivia Klei stepped up to serve the dead ball, but it was knocked out again over the end line by a Colorado defender. Klei had another chance, and this time capitalized. The Pleasanton, Calif. native knocked a perfect ball to the head of an unmarked Bosio, who nailed the ball low to the left corner for the golden goal at 98:09.
Santa Clara improves to 7-2-0 with the win, it's second overtime triumph of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Bianca Henninger did not need to make a save to earn her fourth shutout of the year, and the Broncos went on to outshoot the Buffs 27-3. Linder finished with seven saves.
"I think that Colorado did a nice job of defending and keeping numbers behind the ball," said head coach Jerry Smith. "I think in the first half we relied a little too much on long shots and weren't patient enough, but in the second half I think that patience came. In this kind of game when a team decides to bunker against you, you have to wear them down and hope there is a break in the dam, and that's exactly what happened. Liv [Klei] served a perfect ball to Kiki, who did a nice job of finishing the ball. On the flip side, you have to guard against counter attacks with that style of play and we were disciplined enought to not let them have that chance. I was happy with all aspects today.
Santa Clara hosts Cal State Fullerton and USC next weekend on the Mission Campus, taking on the Titans Friday at 5 p.m., a doubleheader event with the men, and the Trojans at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.