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It seems like the Nebraska soccer team has found its inspiration for the season from the film "The Goonies." These Huskers “never say die.”

The Huskers trailed Michigan 1-0 throughout most of Friday night’s match at Hibner Stadium before escaping with a 1-1 draw.

With less than a minute remaining in regulation, Elyse Huber was taken down near the corner flag to earn a free kick. Brenna Ochoa fired the cross into the box and a Michigan defender tried to clear it but it fell to Nebraska defender Sinclaire Miramontez’s left foot. The junior gathered it and fired it into the back of the net with just 41 seconds left on the clock to equalize the match. 

The two teams battled in overtime but neither could find the game winner, and the Huskers picked up a valuable point in the Big Ten standings.

“Nobody was picking me up on the play and I was hoping to get a knock down, and that’s exactly what happened,” Miramontez said. “It fell right to me. The funny thing is our assistant coach Ian Bridge said 'Sincy, I feel a left-footed goal coming soon,' and that’s exactly what happened. I had a decent touch for once and hit with some power. It found the back of the net. Coach Bridge called it.”

The goal erased a Michigan advantage that the Wolverines carried from the seventh minute on after Reilly Martin ripped a shot from outside the box that found the upper left corner of the net to get the night’s scoring started.

Nebraska rebounded and enjoyed the run of play for most of the match, but several attempts at the equalizer were near misses. The Huskers outshot Michigan 15-9, including a 7-2 advantage in the second half, so Miramontez' goal was well-deserved. 

“We had a lot of firepower tonight and we were pretty relentless tonight,” senior forward Savanah Uveges said. “Not even just in the attack but winning balls back as well. We just couldn’t find the back of the net, but we had plenty chances. A point is obviously better than no points, but it’s not as good as three.”

The Huskers will now turn their attention to a Sunday tilt with Michigan State that's scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. The Spartans are winless in Big Ten completion this season.

“Their record doesn’t matter because in this conference anybody can beat anybody, so any points we get on Sunday, we’re hoping for three, but any points are huge for us,” Miramontez said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or scarlson@journalstar.com.

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