DENVER, Colo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team broke Colorado’s consecutive shutout streak with a goal off the foot of senior Hannah McGowen, but suffered a 4-1 setback at the hands of the Pac-12 Conference power on Sunday afternoon at CIBER Field in Denver, Colo.
Coming into the game Colorado (6-0) had recorded five consecutive shutouts to open the season, but the Skyhawks (1-4-1) would not make it six. McGowen led the Skyhawks with two shots, including her first goal on the young season. Aoife Lennon, Dominika Conc, Alyssa Curtis and Jaclyn Heckle would each add one shot. McGowen, Conc and Heckle each registered a shot on goal.
In goal junior Mariah Klenke and senior Sarah Tompkins fielded a barrage of shot attempts by the aggressive Buffaloes front line, as Colorado tallied 30 shots on the afternoon, including 18 of which were on goal. Klenke got the start, seeing action in the first half while tallying 10 saves and allowing two goals. Tompkins saw her first action of the season, playing the second half, recording three saves while allowing two goals on the afternoon.
Colorado recorded seven of the first eight shots, but it was UT Martin that got on the board first. After attempting a shot at the 7:32 mark, McGowen made her mark known in the 21st minute, rifling a free kick from just outside the left corner of the box. The goal was the senior’s first goal of the season.
The Buffaloes quickly looked to avenge the early goal, scoring the equalizer in the 24th minute and the eventual game winner in the 26th. At the 23:18 mark Anne Stuller scored the game’s equalizer off a rebound from a penalty kick save by Klenke. In the 26th minute Olivia Pappalardo scored off an assist by Stuller and Madison Krauser from a pass to the left side of the box.
Colorado outshot the Skyhawks 20-3 in the first half. UT Martin recorded 10 saves in the period.
UT Martin registered the first two shots of the second period as Curtis and Conc rifled shots in the 47th and 50th minutes.
Colorado would add a pair of goals within three minutes of each other to put the match out of reach. Stuller notched her second and third goals of the match, to record the hat trick, in the 65th and 68th minutes. Both goals were assisted by Krauser.
UT Martin will return to the friendly confines of Skyhawk Field as they host Georgia State on Friday, Sept. 13. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m.