Nebraska Soccer Escapes With A Thrilling Win Over Iowa

Eric Francis

The Husker soccer team picked up their seventh win in a row with a wild 2-1 win over Iowa. Match report!

First Half

The match kicked off under partly cloudy conditions with stormy weather in the area. Freshman Sydney Miramontez got her second start of the season after getting a goal and assist in her first start on Sunday against Illinois. Nebraska created an early chance in the 2nd minute when a pass from Kylie Greischar was shot first-time by Mayme Conroy that sailed over the bar. Iowa's first chance came in the 14th minute when Ashley Catrell ran in from the left wing but her shot was blocked by Ari Romero. Iowa had their best chance of the half in the 27th minute when a long range shot by Katie Nasenbenny when past the outstretched arms of Emma Steven but smashed the post.

However, the Huskers struck first a minute later when Stacy Bartels ghosted past her defender and crossed the ball in for Katie Kraeutner who struck it into the bottom left corner for the opening goal. In the 42nd minute, Mayme Conroy eluded her defender and unleashed a rasping drive from outside the box that was parried away by keeper Hannah Clark to keep it 1-0 going into halftime. The Huskers did well to defend Iowa's long balls and fend off a lot of their pressure in the first half.

Second Half

Iowa opened the half with a shot on goal by Anne Marie Thomas in the 47th minute that was comfortably saved by Emma Stevens. The Huskers came back a minute later when a long cross by Stacy Bartels was headed by Samantha Areman just wide of the far post. In the 55th minute, Katie Nasenbenny had another chance for Iowa but her long range drive floated just wide of the post. A minute later Nebraska responded with a scoring chance of its own when Jordan Jackson left a perfect through ball for Mayme Conroy but her shot on goal was blocked by defender Caitlin Brown.

The Hawkeyes evened the score off a counterattack after a Husker corner attempt. Amanda Lulek passed the ball out wide to Cloe Lacasse who drove in a low cross that was tapped in by Katie Nasenbenny to make 1-1 in the 59th minute. The Huskers almost took the lead again in the 71st minute. Mayme Conroy flicked the ball on the right wing who Hannah Dittmar who booted a cross into the box that was volleyed by Rachel Brennan off the far post! Ashley Catrell had a chance to take the lead for Iowa in the 77th minute when her long range floater was just tipped over the bar by Emma Stevens.

The Huskers took the lead again with nine minutes remaining. A Samantha Areman corner floated into a crowded box and freshman Sydney Miramontez was able to get a piece of the ball before it was deflected off an Iowa defender into the top left corner. Iowa almost equalized in the 86th minute but Nebraska was able to block and clear a ball away that was bouncing around inside the six yard box. Iowa piled on the pressure in the last minute of the game and a couple crucial goal line clearances by Ari Romero helped Nebraska escape with a nail biting win at the Nebraska Soccer Field and their seventh consecutive victory!

Post-Game Notes

-Ari Romero has a monster game in defense for the Huskers. She was buzzing all over the place making a lot of crucial tackles and goal line clearances to preserve a Nebraska victory.

-Freshman Sydney Miramontez has been excellent the past two matches replacing Jaycie Johnson up front. Her game winning goal was her fourth of the season and her second goal in as many matches.

-The match got very physical in the second half with two yellow cards handed out by the referee to both the Hawkeyes and Huskers. Iowa finished the match with 19 shots (4 on target) and Nebraska had 17 shots (5 on target). Iowa also had 11 corners in the matches compared to 7 for Nebraska.

-The next Husker soccer match is Sunday at 1:00 p.m. when Nebraska takes on #21 Michigan.

GO BIG RED!!!

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