Senior forward Melissa Peabody scored her first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the 17th-ranked Nebraska on Friday at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Huskers beat the Tigers 2-1 in the second sudden-death overtime to bring the Tigers record to 4-6-1, 1-2 in Big 12 play.
After spending the first part of the season on the sidelines due to a knee injury, Peabody eagerly rejoined the MU line-up last weekend. Peabody scored late in the second half after a shot by senior forward Kristen Heil was deflected by the defender. “It felt really good,” Peabody said. “I was fresh and last weekend was my first weekend, my knee felt great and I’m really happy to be back and to actually get one tonight.”
Peabody’s goal tied the score at 1-1, where it would remain as time ran out. The Tigers prevented the Huskers from shooting during the first overtime, but were unable to prevent the final goal four minutes into the second overtime period. Nebraska forward Nikki Baker scored her second goal of the evening off of a corner kick from Brittany Timko. Baker tallied her first goal fourteen minutes into the first half after returning a ball that had been deflected by an MU defender.
Timko came into the game riding a five-game scoring streak that included nine goals, but the MU defense managed to shut her down. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Buehrig had an especially impressive game, netting eight saves, seven of which were in the second half.
“She was certainly the player of the match for us,” Coach Bryan Blitz said. She’s been working hard and I’m happy that it finally came together for her.”
While the Tiger offense continued to have difficulty finishing, they outshot the Huskers 21-15. Peabody had four shots and junior forward Jennifer Nobis had five. Nobis also received her fourth yellow card of the season in the second half, putting her one card away from a one-game suspension.
Blitz said that his team will use this disappointing loss to motivate them as the Tigers face their next Big 12 foe, Colorado, on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex.
“We have a lot of anger,” Blitz said. “If we use that in the right way, I think it’ll certainly focus us for Sunday.”