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Arizona soccer earns draw at Colorado to complete successful road trip

There was no score, but it was an enthralling match, and the end of a successful road trip for the Wildcats

Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics

Despite tallying a combined 45 shots in 110 minutes Sunday, neither Arizona nor Colorado found the back of the net, battling to a 0-0 draw on a windy day in Boulder, Colo.

Both squads had shots ring off the post or miss just high or wide of the frame.

Arizona outshot Colorado 29-16, but CU goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins tallied 11 saves. UA’s Lainey Burdett had four saves as the Wildcats posted their sixth shutout of the season.

Arizona now sits at 7-4-4 on the season and 4-2-2 in the Pac-12. Colorado is 8-5-4 (2-4-2 Pac-12).

Arizona beat Utah 3-2 on Thursday to begin the road trip, making their always-difficult trek to the Rocky Mountains an overall success.

The fifth-place Wildcats have three home games to finish up the regular season: vs. Washington, Washington State, and Arizona State.

Those teams are seventh, sixth, and ninth in the Pac-12 standings, respectively.

Arizona entered the week 21st in RPI, putting them in a favorable spot to make the NCAA Tournament.

Close calls

Arizona had 11 shots on-goal and several instances where it appeared they were going to get on the scoreboard.

In the 27th minute, Charlotte Brascia evaded a defender, setting up an open shot from the left side of the box, but her attempt went just wide of the far post.

In the 37th minute, Gabi Stoian had her initial shot blocked at the top of the box, but she collected the rebound and fired a screaming shot off the far post.

Early in the second half, Kennedy Kieneker dished ahead to Jill Aguilera, who ripped a left-footed shot into the hands of Tompkins.

A few minutes later, a handball just outside the box set up a free kick for Stoian, whose attempt was knocked away by Tompkins, her former Pinnacle High School teammate.

Stoian got another good look in the 84th minute, grazing a shot off the top of the net. The senior had a team-high eight shots.

Aguilera had six shots, and early into the first overtime period, she beat a defender to get inside the box where she fired from 16 yards out, but Tompkins was there to make an incredible diving save.

Colorado’s best scoring attempt came from midfielder Taylor Kornieck, who lasered a shot off the crossbar early in the second overtime period.

Kornieck had the game-winner against Arizona last year, but the Wildcats were able to avoid a similar fate this time around.

The sophomore had 11 shots, a game-high.