Fayetteville, Ark. – The Nebraska soccer team showed perseverance in a gutsy, double-overtime effort on the road that ended in a 2-1 Arkansas decision in the 104th minute of action on Sunday. The Huskers, who played in double OT for the second-straight match, fall to 2-2-1 with the defeat, while the Razorbacks improve to 6-0 on the season.
The Huskers continued to display an impressive offensive attack on the afternoon, outshooting UA by a 21-13 margin, including a slim 6-5 shots on goal edge. NU’s Jordan Jackson recorded a team-high five shots, including two shots on net. Nebraska also posted eight corner chances to just four for Arkansas.
Ashleigh Ellenwood gave Arkansas the early 1-0 lead and momentum just 2:26 into the contest when she split the defense, driving left of center and powered the ball passed the NU keeper for her fourth goal of the year.
Although the Huskers outshot the Razorbacks by a 7-5 margin after 45 minutes of action, Arkansas took the 1-0 edge into halftime. NU goalkeeper Emma Stevens, who finished with three saves, made one stop in the first half, a crucial foot save in the 37th minute.
After back-and-forth action took place for much of the second half, the Huskers finally broke through to knot up the contest at the 80:48 mark. NU’s Hannah Dittmar displayed great effort by winning the ball in the box and gaining her own rebound off the post before ripping the goal high into the net for her first goal of the year and third career tally.
Nebraska’s Kylie Greischar and goalkeeper Stevens forced the match into overtime when they combined to get a block on a Arkansas chance in the waning moments of regulation.
Both teams were unable to produce a tally in the first overtime period as the match entered a second extra frame. At the 103:03 mark of the contest, Arkansas’ Evan Palmer one-touched a pass from inside the left goal box to the center from Rachel Riggs for the game-winning goal as the Huskers fell by a 2-1 decision.
Nebraska will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Lawrence for the Kansas Tournament. The Huskers will battle San Francisco onFriday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. before finishing the road trip against San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m.