LINCOLN — Nebraska’s 23rd-ranked women’s soccer team continued its narrow mastery over Iowa Thursday, running its winning streak to seven matches with a 2-1 victory at Nebraska Soccer Field.
Thursday’s win puts the Huskers atop the Big Ten standings with a 4-0 record, ahead of Penn State’s 3-0 mark.
Although Michigan is ranked and Iowa is not, Husker assistant coach Peter Underwood said Nebraska went into Thursday’s game expecting a difficult game.
“They are all big games,” Underwood said. “Iowa isn’t ranked but is as good as any team in the Big Ten.”
Nebraska is 6-0 all-time against Iowa but needed overtime to win its previous two matches. Thursday’s match went down to the wire with Iowa threatening in front of the net in the last minute.
For the third straight game, Nebraska was outshot by the opponent. Iowa took 19 shots to 16 for NU.
The Huskers took the lead in the first half when middle fielder Stacy Bartels delivered a low pass along the baseline to Katie Kraeutner in front of the net.
“Stacy made a great run to beat the fullback to the ball,” said Kraeutner, who is second among NU scorers with 10 points this season. “I saw some space back there (above the goalie).”
Iowa tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Katie Nasenbenny early in the second half. The game remained tied for 22 minutes before Samantha Areman’s corner kick was deflected into the net.
Sydney Miramontez hit the ball with her head, sending it into the shoulder of an opponent and into the net. Miramontez got credit for an assist off Areman’s kick.
“When you bring a ball with that much pace, it has a good chance of going in even if it’s deflected by an opponent,” Underwood said.
The Huskers won without the services of top scoring freshman Jaycie Johnson, who has 15 points and scored game-winning goals in NU’s prior two home games against Michigan State and Denver.
Underwood said Johnson has a nagging injury and would hopefully be available to play against No. 21 Michigan on Sunday in a game that begins at 1 p.m. at Nebraska Soccer Field.
Nebraska is 1-1 against ranked teams this year.
Iowa ............................ 0 1—1
Nebraska ............................ 1 1—2
Goals: NU, Kraeutner, Miramontez. UI, Nasenbenny