San Antonio, Texas - The Nebraska soccer team hung tough with the league's hottest team, but Kelsey Carpenter broke a scoreless tie with the game-winning goal in the seventh minute of the first overtime period to lift Texas to a 1-0 win in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday night.
The win was the seventh straight for the third-seeded Longhorns (16-3-1), who advanced to Friday's semifinal against No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. The loss eliminated Nebraska from the Big 12 Championship in the opening round for just the second time in program history. NU's only other first round loss also came to the Longhorns in 2004
Carpenter’s goal came in the 97th minute as she broke through the Husker defense and fired a clear shot past a diving save attempt from NU sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Klages. It was one of 24 shots for the Horns on the game, compared to just eight by the Huskers.
This the fifth time in
The Longhorns enjoyed an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal on the gain, while also gaining 11 corners and holding
Despite being outshot 8-4 in the first half,
After a scoreless first half, the Huskers came out of halftime and quickly put pressure on the Horns with a near goal from freshman Carly Peetz just two minutes into the period.
Texas continued an aggressive game that included four shots in a three minute span at the start of the half on its way to 14 shots on the period to just four from the Huskers. Fortunately for
Helping Klages in that effort was the NU defense, including an outstanding effort by sophomore Lindsay Poehling, who saved a certain goal by Carpenter in the 56th minute when she got next to the near post to block a shot on an open goal.
But NU’s defensive fortitude eventually gave way and launched the Horns into the next round of the championship, while the Huskers return to