Jayhawks fall to Nebraska late in double overtime, 1-0
LINCOLN, Neb. –Kansas soccer conceded a goal with less than 26 seconds remaining in double overtime to fall to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 1-0, Friday night at Hibner Stadium. The loss moved Kansas to 2-2-1 on the season, while Nebraska elevated its record to 4-1-0.
“This is a really tough one to swallow because I thought we played really well tonight,” said head coach Mark Francis. “We created chances to score and, in the second half, I thought we controlled the match well. We defended well. We competed well. It’s really disappointing that this one got away from us.”
With the Jayhawks just seconds away from posting its second straight draw and extending its unbeaten streak to four games, the Cornhuskers saw one final opportunity when it earned a corner on KU’s end. The service found its way to the feet of Nebraska’s Brenna Ochoa at the top of the Jayhawk penalty area. The freshman sent in a shot that took a glance off a Kansas defender and slipped out of the reach of KU keeper, Maddie Dobyns. The ball found the back of the net, breaking the scoreless tie and handing Kansas a heartbreaking loss in the waning moments of the match.
The goal marked the latest ever allowed by a KU team under the current overtime format.
Despite the loss, Kansas turned in one of its better outings of the season and outplayed the home side for much of the second half and overtime. KU outshout the Cornhuskers by a tally of 5-2 in the second half.
The Jayhawks came close to nearly putting the game-winner in themselves when freshman Katie McClure found herself with an open look at goal five minutes into the second overtime. The Wichita product unleashed a shot from 16 yards out, but Nebraska’s goalkeeper Aubrei Corder was there for a diving save, her seventh of the night.
Kansas ended the match with 11 shots, while Nebraska tallied 13 on the night, however the Jayhawks managed to put seven of their shots on frame, with Cornhuskers adding four shots on target. Dobyns collected three saves on the night and allowed just her second goal in her last 422 minutes in between the posts.
The Jayhawks will remain in Lincoln to take part in a Sunday morning match. Kansas will go up against the Valparaiso Crusaders for the first time in program history. The Jayhawks will take on the Horizon League opponent Hibner Stadium in a 10 a.m. kickoff.
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