Huskers Use Balanced Attack to Shutout Dons, 3-0
Lawrence, Kan. - The Nebraska soccer team set the tone on offense in the first minute of action, while the NU defensive unit never allowed San Francisco to get comfortable on its way to a 3-0 neutral-site victory on Friday at the Kansas Tournament. The Huskers outshot the Dons by a 20-12 margin, including 14-3 in a dominant second-half performance at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Nebraska (3-2-1) was determined to make a statement early against the Dons (4-2-0). Senior Stacy Bartels sent in a long crossing pass to junior Mayme Conroy who was sitting on the doorstep to knock it home just 56 seconds into the contest for the 1-0 edge. Conroy's tally was her third of the year and 18th career.
NU senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens, who finished with three saves in the win, was forced into making her only save of the first half at the 21:46 mark as she tipped the Tyler Campagna shot over the bar to withstand the San Francisco pressure. Nebraska took a 1-0 lead into the break, despite USF outshooting NU by a 9-6 margin.
The Scarlet and Cream came out of the locker room reenergized and recorded a pair of scoring chances in the first five minutes of the second half. In the 64th minute, senior Jordan Jackson was rewarded a penalty kick as the last USF defender earned a red card on the tackle. Jackson gave NU a 2-0 advantage when sent the keeper the wrong way on the PK chance for her 28th career score, putting her alone in 10th place on the all-time list at Nebraska.
Freshman Jaycie Johnson increased the NU lead to 3-0 at the 81:45 mark of the second half with her fourth tally of the year. After a long run, sophomore Katie Kraeutner found the streaking Johnson to hammer it into the back of the net as the Huskers went on to victory.
NU finished with seven shots on goal compared to just three for USF. Jackson led Nebraska with four attempts on net, with Conroy notching a pair of shots. Sophomore Jaylyn Odermann was the lone Husker to see all 90 minutes of action as he helped guide the NU defense toward its second shutout of the season.
NU took advantage of the physical play on the pitch as USF amassed nine fouls and a red card ejection, which resulted in a goal for NU.
The Huskers will wrap up the Kansas Tournament in Lawrence with a 9:30 a.m. matchup against the San Diego Toreros on Sunday, Sept. 15.