The Nebraska soccer team extended its win streak to five games for the first time since 2010 as the Husker defense withstood a second-half Northwestern surge to pick up the first road victory of the year Friday night in Evanston, 2-1. Through ten matches, Nebraska’s seventh win of the season matches last year’s total as the Huskers are clicking on both ends of the pitch.
The Huskers (7-2-1, 2-0-0 B1G) capitalized on a corner kick opportunity at the 20:01 mark for the 1-0 edge when Caroline Gray earned her first point of the year as she found Katie Kraeutner who beat the Northwestern keeper from 18 yards out. The tally was Kraeutner’s third score of the year and fourth of her career. The Big Red went up 2-0 in the 37th minute of action as Jordan Jackson found the back of the net on a low shot from the box past the Wildcat keeper for the 2-0 advantage. Jackson’s 29th career score, which moves her into a tie for ninth all-time at Nebraska with Kelly Rheem, came on an assist from freshman Sydney Miramontez.
NU’s Emma Stevens earned her seventh win of the year making six saves, her second highest single-game total of the year.
Nebraska entered the week at No. 20 in the first NCAA RPI rankings of 2013, No. 4 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Rankings and just outside the Top 25 in the coaches poll, receiving 24 votes in 29th position.
The Huskers will be back in action against Illinois in Champaign, Ill. this Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.