The Nebraska soccer team entered halftime of its 2012 season-opening game tied with the Oklahoma Sooners, 1-1, on Friday night, but Renae Cuellar’s second goal of the game in the 67th minute ended up being the game winner in a 2-1 victory for the Huskers’ former conference foe.
The Huskers outshot the Sooners in both halves, with the NU holding a 4-3 advantage in the first half and a 9-7 advantage in the second half, but OU’s Kelsey Devonshire came up with eight saves on nine of the shots she faced on the night.
Six Huskers produced a shot on goal on the evening, including a team-high three from freshman Caroline Flynn along with two from sophomore Mayme Conroy.
Conroy scored NU’s first goal of the season and the second of her career at 18:15 to put NU up 1-0.Conroy attempted to put the ball through the box, but got the ball back on a rebound and blasted a shot into the top corner of the net.
Cuellar, who transferred to OU after playing the first three years of her career at Arizona, tied the game at 1-1 on a penalty kick at 24:55 following a handball penalty by NU.
Both defense buckled down for the next 40 minutes, before Cueller came calling again at 67:29 on an assist by Emily Bowman.
Conroy nearly tied the game with less than three minutes left in the game, but her shot was just a shade high, as it deflected off the crossbar.
The Huskers will now have a short turn around for their home opener on Sunday, Aug. 19, when they host the Drake Bulldogs at 1 p.m. at the Abbott Sports Complex. The Huskers are playing their home opener at the Abbott Sports Complex instead of the Nebraska Soccer Field due to construction at Ed Weir Stadium and a new playing surface at the Nebraska Soccer Field.