Huskers Eliminate Yale, 1-0, Move on to Seventh Consecutive NCAA Sweet 16

By NU Athletic Communications
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

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."

 

Nebraska had three very strong scoring opportunities in the game, including two shots that appeared to be behind the goal line when the referee called the goals back.  With nine minutes remaining in the game, Latham knocked the goal into the goal area, and the referee waved it off.

 

"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 Omaha, Neb.native, got off solid shots with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, but NU goalkeeper Erin Miller knocked them away, tipping Karnes' shot up and over the goal for the save.

 

Nebraska almost doubled Yale's shots for the game, 14-8, but only took seven shots on goal to the Bulldogs' five on the contest.

 

"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," Walker said. "Our goal is to win a national championship."

 

Nebraska (16-5-3) will face defending national champion Santa Clara Saturday afternoon in Santa Clara, Calif.

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