Arizona State started the weekend out hot with an overtime victory against Oregon, but a nine-goal second half by Colorado in their second matchup proved to be too much for the Sun Devils to handle.
The Sun Devils (4-9, 2-7 Pac-12) went into the Colorado game coming off a big 15-14 overtime victory over the Oregon Ducks (2-12, 0-7 Pac-12) on Friday, April 5th, where redshirt junior attacker Kerri Clayton had a historic performance, scoring eight goals while assisting on four.
Clayton tied the Pac-12 Conference’s previous record held by Colorado’s Darby Kiernan (vs Jacksonville – 5/11/18) for most points in a game and soared past the record of eight this season held by two players, one of them being her teammate, sophomore midfielder Emily Glagolev.
”Our upperclassmen, specifically Kerri Clayton, stepped up,” head coach Courtney Martinez Connor said about her team’s performance against Oregon. “I was proud of our team’s patience and ultimately their effort showed through with that overtime win at home.”
In the second game of the weekend, the No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes (7-5, 6-1 Pac-12) defeated the Sun Devils with help from a six-goal performance by the Buffs’ senior attacker Miranda Stinson to seal the victory 13-7.
“There were a few times that our slide packages weren’t there, so we had some minor adjustments to fix,” Martinez Connor stated. “Unfortunately, the second half, they were moving offensively and we weren’t keeping up. We just showed our tiredness at times.”
Despite the loss, freshman midfielder Paige Mcglothlin had a standout performance. Mcglothin had a career high three goals in eight shots.
“It was a confidence booster, especially at the end of the season and going into the Pac-12, it was nice knowing that we could compete at the next level against a Top 25 team,” Mcglothin said of her performance.
The Sun Devils had four other players with a goal a piece, Clayton, sophomore attacker Julia Burns, and sophomore midfielders Maria Villanti, and Kylie Kroeger.
Junior goalkeeper Berkeley Bonneau had another highlight-reel game, finishing with 11 saves and holding the Buffs offense for most of the game.
For the first time in program-history, the Sun Devils were tied going into half-time with a top-25 opponent. The Buffaloes were stunned by the Sun Devils just under five minutes in the game when Clayton and Mcglothin put two in the back of the net to put ASU up 2-0.
“It was clear in the first half that our defense stepped up, they shut down some of their best players in the first 30 minutes,” Mcglothin said on her team’s first half performance. “On attack we just had to find the openings on their elbows because they were leaving a lot of people open.”
Colorado was not giving the Sun Devils the satisfaction they wanted going into the half, scoring just two minutes before the halftime buzzer, evening the score at four.
ASU put up a fight against Colorado, starting the second half going toe-to-toe with the Buffs while fighting to take the lead. However, after ten minutes, the flood gates opened and they scored six goals in a row, giving them a 13-6 lead.
Villanti finished out the game for ASU when she scored her sixth goal of the season with just 23 seconds left off a pass from Glagolev. Glagolev finished the game with a career-high four assists.
After an up and down weekend, the Sun Devils head over to the East Coast to face Liberty and Presbyterian. On Friday, April 12th in Lynchburg, VA, ASU takes on the Liberty Flames at 1:00 P.M. MST and then will take a trip to Clinton, SC on Sunday, April 14th to face Presbyterian at 10:00 A.M. MST
“It’s hard playing six ranked teams back-to-back and doing it on a Friday/ Sunday,” Martinez Connor added, “but [the season] could be better finishing the tight games.”