Nebraska (8-5-4, 4-2-3 Big Ten) fell to 19th-ranked Wisconsin (12-2-3, 6-1-3 Big Ten) 1-0 Thursday night in its first scoreless outing since Sept. 6.
The Huskers held a 9-8 advantage over Wisconsin in shots taken, including a 5-3 advantage in shots on frame, but Wisconsin managed to find the back of the net in the 25th minute and never looked back. Wisconsin forward Lauren Rice scored from just inside the box for her seventh goal of the season.
Of Nebraska’s five shots on goal, forward Faith Carter and midfielder Brenna Ochoa each had two, while forward Meg Brandt tallied one shot on goal. Brandt led the Husker offense with three shots.
Junior keeper Aubrei Corder recorded two saves to increase her career total to 175 saves, which ranks fourth in program history.
Wisconsin remains unbeaten in its last seven matches as it continues to climb up the Big Ten table. Thursday's three points came at the expense of a Husker team that has gone 0-2-2 in its last four and dropped from first in the Big Ten to fifth behind Ohio State.
The fourth-place Buckeyes have 18 points while the Huskers have 15. Nebraska is tied with Illinois — who also lost Thursday night — in points on the season and Thursday's result sets up a critical match at home against Illinois on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT.
With two matches left, the Huskers still have an outside shot at winning the regular season crown, though they'd need quite a bit of help from the top four teams. Easier will be regaining a spot in the top four of the conference and a chance to host a conference tournament match.
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.