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Huskers Don't: UA soccer outlasts Nebraska to earn 3-2 win

Aguilera and Goerlinger cooperate for 2; Dallin makes memories with 1st goal as Wildcat

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Arizona senior defender Sabrina Enciso beats Nebraska's Natalie Cooke to the ball. - Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.com

Both teams seemed to be slowed up from the heat and their games only days before, but a sparse crowd saw plenty of goals as the University of Arizona's women's soccer team defeated the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers 3 - 2 at Mulcahy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Eleanor Dale, a Cornhusker from Birmingham, England, scored the first goal of the match off of a pass from Kenzie Coons. It left the visitors with a lead only nine minutes into the match.

It took 10 minutes for the Cats to mount a response. Madison Goerlinger shot a short pass to Jill Aguilera who sent the ball from the edge of the box past Nebraska keeper Samantha Hauk, a one-time player for the University of Arizona.

The Cats proved to be little of an offensive thread besides that shot. Hauk was only called on to make one other save in the half and Nebraska ruled the midfield for long stretches. The Cornhuskers forays up field forced Hope Hisey into six saves.

The Wildcats did a far better job of closing down Nebraska when they had the ball in the second half. The better work paid off with a goal from Nicole Dallin, a player who did not see time on the field in 2020.

Instead of retreating into a defensive shape to hold the lead as the game dwindled into its final minutes, they continued to play with a high line. This seemed to work for a while as the Cornhuskers, perhaps from fatigue or the heat, didn't bring large groups of players into the attack. However, the Wildcat lead was erased with a shot from freshman Regan Rabbe. Her trip through the Wildcat defense ended with a quick shot past Hisey with only five minutes left in the match.

Lucky for the Cats and anyone on the field who didn't look forward to playing extra time in the 100-degree heat, Jill Aguilera chipped a short one past Hauk. Aguilera's shot again came from a pass from Goerlinger, this time a long pass from midfield.

After the match, coach Becca Moros noted that the team did a good job recovering from a listless first half.

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"We came out flat so we built ourselves a little bit of a hole to climb out of. We were fortunate to be only at a one-nothing deficit when we scored," she said. "Going into the locker room, we were able to regroup, cool down a little bit and refocus...Second half, there were a couple of swings of momentum and I was really proud of them."

The Wildcats next face the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.

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