Nebraska (0-2-1) capped a doubleheader homestand Sunday night with a 1-1 draw against No. 21 Baylor (2-0-1).
Here are some thoughts from the action.
A Strong Result
It will probably feel a little disappointing because of all the opportunities. Nebraska will likely feel like it left some things on the field. But this was a good result.
Baylor scored early off a failed clearance from Nebraska that resulted in a scramble for the ball in the box. At that point the Huskers were dominating possession but just lacking in front of goal. The Bears looked to pounce on counters whenever possible. They didn’t match the Huskers in quantity, but they a few quality offensive chances themselves.
An absolute rocket from Sinclaire Miramontez in the 35th minute drew Nebraska level.
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) September 2, 2019
It’s the first result of the season after dropping a 0-4 match against Kansas and a 0-2 match against Clemson, and it comes against a ranked opponent. It’s never too early to start thinking about a tournament resume.
Goal No. 1 on the season could have been accompanied by two or three or maybe even four more. Nebraska had that many realistic scoring changes against the Baylor Bears.
The Huskers hadn’t scored a goal yet in the 2019 regular season. They found the back of the net four times against UNO in the team’s first exhibition game, but in 270 minutes since (a second exhibition against Arkansas and the first two games of the year against Kansas and Clemson) the Huskers hadn’t scored. Goal creation was an emphasis in the offseason and a problem in the first two matches of 2019.
It wasn’t the same problem Sunday night. Opportunities grew a little scarer in the overtime period but that shouldn’t distract from 90 minutes of aggressive, attacking football. The Huskers created 10 corners and managed a 13-5 advantage in shots. Senior forward Meg Brandt had a handful of brilliantly-placed through balls and redshirt freshman Adriana Maldonado looks to be gaining in confidence with each game played.
Nebraska has options in the attacking third.
Another Strong Performance from Ochoa
She wears No. 28 on her back but she’s a No. 10 in mentality and she’s easily one of the most skilled offensive players in the Big Ten. Brenna Ochoa didn’t get a point against the Bears, but she was responsible for a lot of the offensive success.
The senior played every minute of Sunday’s marathon. Right from the opening kick she was aggressive and looking to push the action, and in the 105th minute, halfway through the second of two golden-goal overtime sessions, she was still chasing down Baylor Bears in her defensive half of the field.
The Omaha native has been a focal point of what Nebraska has looked to do throughout the first three games of 2019 and she should continue to be just that as the season moves along.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.