Nebraska, Iowa reach soccer final

CHAMPAIGN — Top-seeded Nebraska expected to play for the championship at the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament.

After their 3-1 semifinal victory Friday against fourth-seeded Indiana, the Cornhuskers will.

Seventh-seeded Iowa didn’t know what to expect before the tournament began, but the Hawkeyes, who defeated third-seeded Penn State 1-0 in the other semifinal Friday at Illinois Soccer Stadium, aren’t going to stop now.

“We’re excited. From the first time we played Penn State, we did a couple things better,” Iowa coach Ron Rainey said. “This team has really battled the past couple weeks, going back to the Purdue game where we needed to get a result to keep advancing.”

The Hawkeyes, who won their 15th match this season, and Cornhuskers will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday in the title match.

“We’re excited. We’re ready to be here,” said Iowa junior Melanie Pickert, whose goal in the 20th minute led her team past No. 20 Penn State. “If we can recover, we’ll be good to go.”

Iowa keeper Hannah Clark tied a career high with eight saves.

“Everybody was flying around, putting bodies in front of the ball. They didn’t get any clear shots in the second half,” Clark said.

Nebraska trailed early against the Hoosiers, but the Huskers scored three second-half goals.

Freshman Jaycie Johnson scored twice for Nebraska (17-3-1).
 

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