Photo by Pat Radigan
2′ – NU – Hanson (2)
65′ – NU – Buelt (1)
68′ – NU – Hanson (3)
Story by Pat Radigan
An early goal puts Nebraska ahead before a second-half surge erased any hope of a comeback
After waiting until the final five seconds to score from live play on Friday night, it took just 61 seconds to strike against Missouri, with the Nebraska soccer team eventually running away with a convicing 3-0 win over the Tigers on Sunday in Lincoln.
Senior Haley Hanson led the charge for the Nebraska offense with a goal in each half, and Caroline Buelt added a highlight-reel goal to kill Missouri’s spirits early in the second half. The offensive pressure kept the 14th-ranked Huskers on the front foot for most of the game, which limited Mizzou to just two attempts on goal as NU ran its record to 4-0-0 on the year.
It took less than a minute for the Huskers to get the ball deep into Missouri territory, as Elyse Huber wound her way through the defense to draw the goalkeeper off her line. With the front post closed off, Huber laid a pass across the face of goal and into the path of Haley Hanson, who made no doubt about blasting her second goal of the year into the open net.
The goal officially came 1:01 into the match, and proved to be the only real action of the first 45 minutes.
Nebraska came out of the half trading possession with the Tigers, and endured a couple of tense moments in NU’s defensive half. That included giving up a pair of free kick opportunities in Mizzou’s half, but it wouldn’t take long for the Huskers to put the match out of reach.
The Husker’s first strike of the second half came on a scorcher by Caroline Buelt, who shook free for a window of space and took a chance with a shot from around 30 yards out. Buelt’s shot lasered past the keeper, and off the underside of the bar before settling in the net and making it 2-0 in the 65th minute.
“Honestly, I was just dribbling and picked my head up and decided to shoot it,” Buelt said. “We have so many dangerous players and people who can score that it leaves that space open.”
It took just 3:08 of game time for Nebraska to deliver the final blow when Haley Hanson added her second goal of the game off of a corner kick. Brenna Ochoa played a driven ball toward the front post, and Hanson was able to beat her defender to the header, then angle the ball into the ground and past the keeper.
Missouri amped up the pressure over the final 20 minutes, but Nebraska’s defensive shell held strong and helped the Huskers to their third shutout in four matches. Nebraska keeper Aubrei Corder was forced into two saves, but was never truly threatened as the NU backline limited the Tiger offense to hopeful crosses and shots from outside of the penalty area.
Nebraska heads back out on the road next weekend, with games against the host, Washington State, and Montana in a pair of matchups in Pullman, Washington.