Photo by Pat Radigan
31′ – NU – Huber (6)
50′ – MICH – Timko (4)
Story by Pat Radigan
Husker pressure turns up empty after Michigan matched early NU goal
An offensive onslaught by the Nebraska soccer team allowed the Huskers to take a lead on Michigan, but a second-half score was enough to earn the Wolverines a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
For the second straight match, the Huskers jumped out to an early edge on an Elyse Huber goal, this time in the 31st minute. Despite relentless pressure and 20 shots in regulation for Nebraska, though, the only other goal came for Michigan less than five minutes into the second half. Nebraska rattled off 5 shots in the two extra time periods, but could not find a breakthrough in settling for a 1-1 draw in Ann Arbor.
Huber kept her hot streak going to score her sixth goal of the season when she headed in a cross from senior Sami Reinhard. After having two shots saved in the first 20 minutes, Nebraska’s sophomore forward won a header in traffic and beat the keeper at the near post with her header to put the Huskers ahead early.
That lead would last less than 20 minutes, though, with Michigan able to come out of halftime and equalize off of a set piece in the 50th minute. A free kick just outside the box gave the Wolverines a chance from close range, and after a couple of quick taps on the ball by her teammates, it was Taylor Timko who took the final touch and blasted a shot into the lower corner of the goal.
Nebraska nearly answered back multiple times in the second half, including a Haley Hanson shot in the 70th minute that clipped the crossbar, but were unable to convert 13 second half shots. Caroline Buelt hit the crossbar again in extra time, this time on a cross that nearly drifted into the goal, but Michigan was able to get it cleared without any damage. The Huskers kept the pressure up into the second overtime period, but aggressive goalkeeping play from Michigan’s Hillary Beall kept the game in deadlock.
After a similar result against No. 7 Penn State last Sunday, Nebraska moves to 1-1-2 in Big Ten action, and will return home for a pair of games next week.