Photo by Pat Radigan
7′ – NU – Hanson (8)
50′ – RU – Moneme (2)
Story by Pat Radigan
Rutgers rides second-half equalizer to hold off Huskers for a point
For the second time in Big Ten action, the Nebraska soccer team held a ranked opponent to a 1-1 draw on a Sunday afternoon matchup at Hibner Stadium.
The good news for Nebraska was that it took Haley Hanson less than 7 minutes to get on the board. The bad news was that it took Rutgers even less time to find an equalizer in the second half. That left plenty of time for either team to find a winner, but despite the Huskers best efforts, NU still walked away from 110 minutes of play with just the one goal and a point.
Unlike a 1-1 draw with No. 7 Penn State last month, it was Nebraska who struck first when Hanson snuck her 8th goal of the year past the Rutgers keeper just 6:14 into the match. Hanson received the ball in Nebraska’s half, turned toward the middle and ran past a pair of defenders to find space in the penalty area. With the keeper stepping up to meet her, Hanson carefully struck her shot low and to the keeper’s left, and rolled her effort in for the early breakthrough.
That score was part of an early flurry for Nebraska, with the Huskers able to outshoot Rutgers 6-0 in the first half. But after controlling play for most of the half, it didn’t take long for Rutgers to find a response after the break.
Rutgers’ goal came just 4:45 into the second half, when Nneka Moneme found space in the box for a shot. Husker keeper Aubrei Corder cut down the angle, but Moneme ripped her shot into the upper corner and removed Corder from the equation to even the game with 40 minutes still on the clock.
Nebraska went on to post 8 shots in the second half, more than Rutgers had for the game, but could not find a finishing touch in a scrappy Big Ten matchup. Rutgers had as many offsides (6) as they did shots, and finished with 18 fouls as the Scarlet Knights 5-3-3 made it tough for Nebraska to find a rhythm in its offensive third. The Huskers posted a pair of shots in each of the extra times, earned two corner kicks in the second overtime and had two free kicks in dangerous areas in the final 5 minutes.
But it was all for nought as Rutgers held on for the 1-1 draw, which moved the Scarlet Knights to 3-2-2 in Big Ten play.
The Huskers are now 8-3-3 (2-1-3) with the draw, and will now hit the road for a 4-game road trip over the next two weeks. It starts with a trip to Purdue next Thursday, when Nebraska will take on a Boilermaker team coming off of losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. central time in a match that will be available on BTN Plus.