LINCOLN, Neb.- Seniors Allison Martino and Ashlee Pistorius netted two goals apiece en route to handing the Nebraska Cornhuskers a 4-1 loss on a blustery Sunday afternoon at the Nebraska Soccer Stadium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 13-2-1, 7-1-0 in Big 12 play while the loss sends the Huskers to 5-8-3, 1-6-0 in league play.
Despite taking an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute off a shot from the top of the box by Shay Powell, the Huskers couldn’t stifle the Aggie attack as A&M posted four goals off 15 shots on the afternoon.
“A win is always big in Nebraska,” A&M head coach G Guerrieri said. “They are always a difficult team to play because they are so dangerous in their attack. I think we were fortunate in that when we went down the one goal, a really great goal that they scored, we were able to survive that initial pressure. We were able to get the game back under control and down at our feet and score the equalizer and what would eventually be the gamewinner off the free kick, giving us the lead going into the half.”
Martino drove home the equalizer in the 38th minute. Freshman Rachel Shipley made a throw in deep from the left sideline to Pistorius just outside the Husker penalty area. Pistorius spun around and slid the ball into Martino who was centered in front of the goal, eight yards out. Martino’s shot skimmed the far post on its way to tying the game at one.
Pistorius put the Aggies on top 2-1 heading into halftime. A&M was fouled just over the center-stripe. Paige Carmichael took the free kick and sent a long ball into the keeper box where Pistorius redirected the pass into the right side netting for her 16th goal of the season.
Martino would step up and score an insurance goal, her second of the game, third of the season, in the 69th minute, chipping a shot from about 20 yards out high over Jessica Mills’ head into the back of the Nebraska goal pushing A&M’s lead to 3-1.
“At halftime we talked about how a win was going to come down to us needing to stick our chances and keep them from getting the restarts,” Guerrieri said. “I thought by and large we did that in the second half. Kristin (Arnold) had to make one big save on a break away when we were still up 2-1. When Martino scored the third goal it was basically game over.”
The Aggies would put the game out of reach in the 79th minute when Elisabeth Jones and Laura Grace Robinson quickly dished passes back and forth in the box, finding Pistorius streaking towards the goal on the left side. Pistorius ran onto the ball burying her 17th goal in just 16 games.
“Ashlee was text book in her last goal,” Guerrieri ended. “A lot of our goals today were from double assists and our players setting each other up. It’s the way we have to play against teams that are physical and teams that play like Nebraska.”
The win marks the Aggies’ fifth straight victory over the Huskers and 10th win in the last 11 games.
A&M returns home for non-conference action on Friday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gam4ye time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Aggie Soccer Stadium.
Shots by period 1 2 Total
Texas A&M 7 8 15
Nebraska 3 9 12
Corner kicks 1 2 Total
Texas A&M 0 3 3
Nebraska 1 2 3
Saves by period 1 2 Total
Texas A&M 2 3 5
Nebraska 0 3 3
Fouls 1 2 Total
Texas A&M 2 4 6
Nebraska 6 3 9
No. Time Team Goal scorer Assist Description
1. 11:57 NU Powell, Shay (4) Raber, Sari
2. 36:00 TAMU Martino, Allison (2) Pistorius, Ashlee Shipley, Rachel
3. 40:51 TAMU Pistorius, Ashlee (16) Carmichael, Paige
4. 68:37 TAMU Martino, Allison (3) (unassisted)
5. 78:16 TAMU Pistorius, Ashlee (17) Jones, Elisabeth Robinson, Laura G