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CU falls to Oregon

October 16, 2011 | 4:34 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Head coach Bill Hempen saw red on Sunday afternoon, but it still wasn’t enough for the CU Buffs to see their way to a win.

Hempen, who shuffled players in an effort to avoid adding to a five-game losing winless streak, was ejected from the game in the 77th minute at Prentup Field. His departure was not enough to spark a comeback as Oregon claimed a 3-1 victory in Pac-12 play.

With the loss, Colorado fell to 3-9-2 overall and remains winless in conference play at 0-5-1. The team has lost four straight.

Meanwhile, the Ducks improved to 7-7-1, 2-4-0 in the Pac-12.

Although the weather was gorgeous in Boulder, the afternoon quickly turned ugly for the Buffs. A long ball out of the back from Oregon ‘keeper Lindsay Parlee was turned into the first goal of the afternoon for Bri Pugh in the 16th minute.

The Ducks added to the lead three minutes later when Scout Libke buried a penalty kick for her third goal of the season.

The second half started with more promise for CU, as the team looked sharper in the attack. However, the Buffs again were found out as Ryann Davie connected with Ally Aschbacher for Oregon’s third goal of the day in the 72nd minute.

CU finally got on the board as Kate Russell scored her third goal of the season in the 76th minute. Storie Ledger picked up the assist for the Buffaloes.

Hempen’s departure a minute later looked like it might light a fire for CU, but the Buffs were instead fortunate to not have surrendered a fourth goal as the Ducks continued to pepper Annie Brunner’s goal in the closing minutes.

Next Up: The journey to the team’s first Pac-12 victory doesn’t get any easier. Colorado travels to California to face Cal on Friday, with Stanford waiting on Sunday.

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