Photo by Pat Radigan
39′ – NU – Hanson (4)
Story by Pat Radigan
Nebraska responds against Montana after falling in game one of the Cougar Classic
A picture perfect free kick put Nebraska ahead, and the Huskers pressure and timely defense provided enough cover for NU to drop Montana 1-0 in Pullman, Washington.
On the heels of a loss to Washington State, the host of this weekend’s tournament, the 14th-ranked Huskers got back to their winning ways behind Haley Hanson’s fourth goal of the year. Hanson converted a free kick from 25 yards out in the waning minutes of the first half, and keyed an offensive attack that outshot Montana 10-5, and helped keep the Grizzlies from mounting a comeback.
Nebraska racked up four shots and two corner kicks over the first 35 minutes, before a foul at the 37:30 mark helped NU find a breakthrough. The ball was placed just outside of the box, and wide of the goal, but that didn’t stop Hanson from firing over the wall, and curving her shot past the arms of a diving keeper and into the net. Hanson’s goal is the 14th of the senior’s career, and came at a perfect time to help the Husker offense get back onto the scoresheet being shutout for the first time this year in Friday’s 1-0 loss.
From there, the Huskers limited Montana to just three shots and a corner kick over the final 55 minutes, and keeper Aubrei Corder and the Nebraska defense proved capable of the challenge. Corder’s first official save came in the 52nd minute, when she came off her line to catch a ball out off of a Montana free kick, but her presence came up clutch throughout the entire contest.
A through ball appeared to have set a Montana forward in on goal during the first half, but Corder shut it down with a slide that flipped the attacker, while the Husker keeper kept control of the ball. Corder erased a similar attempted pass in the second half thanks to a quick first step off her line, and provided a consistent deterrent for Montana to try and play balls in behind the Nebraska back line.
It was Corder’s fourth shutout of the season, with the sophomore allowing just two goals as part of Nebraska’s 5-1-0 start to the year. Next up for Nebraska is a return to Lincoln, and a home stand that features games against San Jose State and Pittsburgh in the final two non-conference games of the season.