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Huskers end goal drought but finish with draw against Michigan State

Huskers end goal drought but finish with draw against Michigan State

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The Nebraska soccer team can sense the progress they have made, even despite a tough result.

On Thursday night, the Huskers squandered two leads and extended their winless streak to six games, battling to a 2-2 draw against Michigan State at Hibner Stadium.

“It’s disappointing, but there is also confidence in the fact that we are getting our offense,” freshman midfielder Haley Peterson said. “Being able to score those goals I think was really important because we have been lacking in that area.”

Nebraska scored their first goals in more than 250 minutes. They were shut out in their last two games. Putting two goals past one of the top defenses in the conference was one of the biggest takeaways.

“Our attack just has not been what it needs to be, so today that was a big focus for us,” freshman Abbey Schwarz said. “We talked about bringing energy and I think we all knew what the goal was and what we needed to do.

“It is getting later in the season and so just being able to come in and capitalize on two big moments for us was really exciting.”

Peterson scored her first collegiate goal to start the scoring near the end of the first half. The ball bounced to her in the box, and she powered in the shot off a deflection.

“I thought it was really exciting and it was cool to be able to score as a freshman,” she said.

Schwarz restored the Nebraska lead at 2-1 with her first career goal in the second half on an assist from Peterson.

Both Schwarz and Peterson made their impacts as substitutes.

“It is definitely an advantage coming in and being able to use our speed and endurance,” Schwarz said. “It’s nice that we were able to capitalize on that so quick with our goals.”

The squad rotation was a little smaller than it typically is for the team with a few injuries and the magnitude of the game. Their bench production was key in the draw.

“I feel like we open up a lot (off the bench),” Peterson said. “It makes more opportunities for other people to come in with fresh legs and to help the team out.”

Nebraska sits in 12th in the Big Ten standings with a 4-6-2 record. The Huskers play Northwestern on the road Sunday. Their next home match is against Michigan on Oct. 10.

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