Huskers Earn 2-1 Victory in Exhibition Opener
Lincoln - The Nebraska soccer team used upperclassmen leadership to its advantage, as goals from Jordan Jackson and Mayme Conroy enabled the Huskers pick up a 2-1 exhibition victory over Colorado College Friday afternoon at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
Almost halfway through the first half, Jackson helped NU open up the scoring when she received a through ball pass from Conroy and knocked it in from eight yards out.
Senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens came up with a big play in the final minute of the first half, making an impressive double-save to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard as the Huskers took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
NU recorded 12 shots in the first half compared to seven for Colorado College forcing Stevens into three saves, while the Tigers' Kate Scheele stopped six shots.
The Huskers capitalized on a scoring opportunity less than 10 minutes into the second half, as Conroy, last season's leading scorer, connected on a shot from the top of the box, fed to her by Caroline Gray for the 2-0 advantage.
The Tigers kept things interesting at the 64:29 mark when Rachel Herron settled a cross and then netted a goal to the far post to cut the Husker lead to 2-1.
NU displayed a strong back line in limiting Colorado College to just one shot on goal in the second half and four in the contest. The Huskers tallied double-digit shots in both halves en route to 23 total in the match, while allowing just 10 for the Tigers.
Head Coach John Walker's team returns to action for its regular-season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Friday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. before welcoming Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 25 for a Noon start.