Lightning comes into play, but not before Huskers strike early against Oregon State
The weather may have delayed the Nebraska soccer team’s first half but, it did little to slow down the Huskers’ impressive start to the 2018 season.
The lightning came with 11 minutes remaining in the first half and delayed the Huskers’ game against Oregon State for 57 minutes on Sunday at Hibner Stadium. Nebraska (3-0-1) scored two goals before the rain came, however, and netted another in the first half after the delay to take a commanding three-goal lead despite the rough conditions.
The second half was nondescript and featured a soggy pitch and tired legs. The Huskers held onto their advantage to drop the Beavers 3-0.
“It’s never easy going into a lightning delay because you get cold, you start to lose focus and momentum,” senior defender Sinclaire Miramontez said. “Going in, we talked about how one team always comes out of the lightning delay not ready to play and we said that wasn’t going to be us.”
The long delay did seemingly come at the worst time for the Huskers, who once again fired out of the opening kick and enjoyed the run of play throughout the first half.
There were several early chances from the Nebraska offensive attack before Meg Brandt finally opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Brandt received a through ball off a goal kick from Aubrei Corder, ran past the Oregon State backline and slotted a goal into the left side netting to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
“I knew we had the wind so I was ready to go but I wasn’t expecting such a great kick from Aubrei (Corder), so that was awesome,” Brandt said. “It felt really good. I know I should have more goals in attack so it was nice to finally get one.”
The Huskers doubled their lead 10 minutes later in the 29th minute off a free kick. Brenna Ochoa slid a pass to Miramontez, who fired a shot from 35 yards out that twisted and bent past the keeper.
“It was one of those moments where you make contact with it and you know it’s going to be on frame,” Miramontez said. “It started to curve outside and I got nervous because I thought I was going to miss it by a few inches but it found its way into the back of the net and the celebration followed.”
The goals were the first of the season for both Brandt and Miramontez.
Senior Savannah Uveges notched her second goal of the season following the rain delay in the 42nd minute. The goal came from the penalty spot after freshman Dakota Chan was taken down in the box. Uveges approached the spot and calmly beat the Oregon State keeper to conclude the day’s scoring.
The Huskers finish up their homestand against Washington State at 7 p.m. Friday.