No. 16 Virginia Tech Escapes with 3-2 Overtime Win
Lincoln - Following a 4-3 double-overtime win by the Nebraska soccer team last season on the road at then No. 25 Virginia Tech, the No. 16 ranked Hokies avenged the loss on Friday night at the Nebraska Soccer Field with a 3-2 overtime victory.
The Huskers held a 2-1 lead with less than 20 minutes to play in regulation, but junior Ashley Manning tied the game with her first goal of the season and then put in the game winner in overtime to complete the Hokies' comeback.
Both squads played stellar defense in the first half, as each offense got off five shots, but the score was deadlocked at 0-0 entering halftime.
Anne Lumpkin opened the scoring at 51:02 when Jazmine Reeves crossed to Lumpkin for an easy shot from 15 yards right in front of the goal.
After missing out on some scoring opportunities in the first half, the Huskers quickly tied the game on Hannah Dittmar's first career goal. Following a corner kick, freshman Katie Kraeutner blasted a shot at VT goalie Caroline Kelly, who was only able to block the shot, allowing Dittmar to put in the rebound and tie the game, 1-1, at the 54:20 mark.
It was the first goal allowed by the Hokies on the year after they shutout UNC Wilmington (1-0, 2OT) and Richmond (2-0) to start the season.
The Huskers then took the lead less than five minutes later when a Virginia Tech defender mishandled a ball deep in her own territory. Sophomore Mayme Conroy took advantage of the opportunity and was able to beat Kelly 1-on-1 to put Nebraska up 2-1 at 56:15.
The Huskers continued to hold the lead until Manning drove the ball up the center of the field and scored from 15 yards out in front of the Husker goal. The two squads then held each other scoreless over the final 20 minutes of regulation to setup a second straight overtime game in the series.
In overtime, Manning got an open shot on a cross from Reeves and NU goalie Emma Stevens was able to partially defect the shot, but it had just enough on it to roll into the goal and secure victory for Virginia Tech.
The Huskers will be back at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Sunday when they wrap up the Husker Classic with a 1 p.m. game against New Mexico and the game will be streamed live on BTN.com (subscription required). Virginia Tech and Iowa State will play the early game on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.