Husker Defense Falters at Illinois

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Following a 2-1 overtime win at Iowa on Thursday night, the Nebraska soccer team (7-10-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) was unable to complete a perfect weekend following a 4-1 loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini (8-7-2, 5-4-1 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon.


The Huskers entered the game sitting sole possession of seventh place in the Big Ten standings and with one game remaining on the conference schedule, they will be one of many teams later this week that will be fighting to earn a spot at the conference tournament.


The Illini jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game on a pair of goals from Shayla Mutz, but Mayme Conroy's 12th goal of the season at the 39:45 mark put the Huskers in a good position down just one goal going into halftime.


Nebraska was unable to get its offense going in the second half and Illinois added two more goals to coast to a 4-1 win.


Illinois was on the attack all day with a 24-to-12 advantage in shots and the Illini registered seven corner kicks, while the Huskers notched only one.


The Huskers now set their sights on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who will visit the Nebraska Soccer Field on Friday, Oct. 26 for a 4 p.m. game.