Huskers Eliminate Yale, 1-0, Move on to Seventh Consecutive NCAA Sweet 16
Philadelphia, Pa. ? The No. 17 Nebraska soccer team did all it needed to and more Sunday afternoon when it defeated Yale, 1-0, on a cold and wet field on the Villanova University campus in Philadelphia, Pa. to move on to its seventh consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
Christine Latham notched her 15th goal of the season and the game winner for the Huskers at the 56:49 mark when she took the ball in the back right corner of the penalty box and launched it past Yale goalkeeper Lindsay Sabel.
"Kori (Saunders) won a ball and she kind of hit it forward," Latham said. "I just took a touch around my defender and then looked at the far post and just hit it. Our entire team played really well, but with the field, you weren't going to get many clean breaks, so I was lucky to get that."
"Our team is a bunch of fighters," Latham said. "We worked hard to come back and keep our momentum going."
Breanna Boyd and the Husker defense made another solid stand against the Yale Bulldogs, recording the 14th shutout of the season and turning away a couple of Yale scoring opportunities.
Yale's Ali Cobbett and Laurel Karnes, an
"Christine can score with her head, outdribble the keeper, and that one was definitely power," Coach John Walker said. "At the back we were very solid and we had tremendous defending. Once you get the first goal, you can play a little more conservatively, and we didn't panic."
Miller snagged five saves on the game for her 14th shutout of the season and her 19th of her career. Sabel recorded five saves while the Yale defense contributed one team save.
"We have been here (the Sweet 16) for the last six years,"