Photo by Pat Radigan
25′ – PSU – Williams (2)
45′ – NU – Hanson (5)
Story by Pat Radigan
Nebraska equalizes after lengthy delay to earn first point of Big Ten play
Penn State struck first, lightnight struck next and the Huskers struck last in a 1-1 draw with No. 7 Penn State on Sunday.
The first half came back to life with 7:13 left on the clock after a 2 hour and 32 minute delay, which proved to be just enough time for Haley Hanson to find an equalizer and put the Huskers back on equal footing with top ten competition. Penn State responded with a second-half push, and Nebraska had a few chances to pull the upset, but after 110 minutes of game action the two teams settled for a 1-1 tie on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln.
Both sides traded shots and corner kicks early, including a pair of shots on target for Nebraska in a 38 second span. Yet it was Penn State that struck first in the 25th minute. A layoff pass from Frannie Crouse put the ball at the feet of PSU’s Charlotte Williams, who then took a touch and blasted a shot past Aubrei Corder and into the top left corner of the net. After scoring first in the first four home matches of the year, Nebraska fell behind for the second straight match.
But unlike Friday’s loss to Ohio State, the Huskers would have an answer, even if they had to wait for it.
As the first half wound into the final 10 minutes, it went from mostly sunny to a complete downpour in a matter of minutes, followed by a lightnight strike that caused the teams to hustle into the locker rooms. Continued strikes in the area kept pushing the restart time back. The teams even tried to take the field at one point, but the delay wound up lasting longer than the match itself, even with extra time.
Back on the field, though, it didn’t take long for the Huskers to get even. As the clock ticked below a minute to play in the half, Husker Sinclair Miramontez lofted a ball into the box from a free kick in front of the Nebraska bench. The ball drifted in over the pack of players in the middle of the box, and found a streaking Haley Hanson at the far post. Hanson ran through the physical challenge of the defender to win the header, and smashed it past the keeper for her fifth goal of the year.
Nebraska managed just one shot in the second half, and needed to survive a late Penn State barrage to force extra time. Each team got off a single shot in the first extra time, Penn State got off five shots in the second extra time and Nebraska had a pair of shots on goal in that final 10 minute period, but Corder and Penn State’s Amanda Dennis were up to the task and kept the game in a deadlock.
The draw moves NU to 0-1-1 in Big Ten play, with Nebraska heading to Michigan State (0-4-0) and Michigan (2-1-1) for it’s first road trip of the conference slate.