Second Half Strikes Lift Huskers Over Titans
Sept. 17, 2010
LINCOLN, NE - Nebraska's Stacy Bartels scored twice in the second half to snap a 1-1 deadlock and the host Huskers held visiting Cal State Fullerton to just four shots on the afternoon en route to a 3-1 non-conference women's soccer victory on Friday afternoon in Lincoln, NE.
The loss was the third straight for the Titans (2-5 overall), who fell behind on a goal by Big 12 scoring leader Morgan Marlborough just 1:07 into the contest, but drew even on senior Christina Murillo's fourth goal of the season off a corner kick by Caitlin Mellano in the 27th minute before Bartels broke through after the break on a pair of assists by teammate Jordan Jackson.
Her first career goal (and game-winner) came in the 53rd minute off a corner by Jackson as Bartels scored to the right post from 10 yards out to make it 2-1. She then gave the Huskers a bit of breathing room in the 70th minute, beating the Fullerton keeper with a low shot to the right post for the 3-1 advantage.
Four different players accounted for the team's shot total on the day as Nebraska (6-2) unleashed 18 shots against sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Change, who finished with a career-high six saves on the afternoon in only her second career start.
The Huskers, led by six shots from Marlborough and four from Jackson, extended their home winning streak to 16 consecutive matches (14-0-2) with the victory dating back to 2008. Emma Stevens made one save for Nebraska in net in the victory.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the pitch on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 19) in Omaha as the Titans take on Creighton at 10 a.m. PT.