Top-seeded Nebraska overcame an early Minnesota goal in the first minute to rally with four unanswered goals as the Huskers advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday. Nebraska will face the No. 4 seed Indiana on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Huskers have won seven consecutive matches
The 18th-ranked Huskers (16-3-1) used a pair of goals by junior Mayme Conroy along with scores by seniors Jordan Jackson and Stacy Bartels to take control of the match after Simone Kolander gave the Gophers (11-7-2) the lead just 39 seconds into the match. Nebraska scored four goals in a match for the fourth time this season and are now 13-0-1 when scoring 2 or more goals this season.
Conroy knotted up the contest at 1-1 at the 7:28 mark and seven minutes later, Jackson gave NU a 2-1 lead as she headed in her ninth goal of the season. Jackson’s score was her ninth of the year and 35th career. Bartels made a run into the box for a strike from just inside the 18-yard box to extend the Husker lead to 3-1 in the 55th minute. Two minutes later, Conroy headed in a long cross from Jaylyn Odermann to give Nebraska a 4-1 lead. Conroy is now tied for the team lead in goals with ten after her fifth-career multi-goal match and third this season.
NU has now won 16 matches for the first time since 2002 and have scored in 17 consecutive matches, its longest streak since 2000 when Nebraska scored in its first 23 contests.