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Hoosiers surrender two-goal lead in loss at Nebraska


Then-freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kopel gets in position against Iowa at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The IU women's soccer team lost to Nebraska in overtime, 4-3, and will play at Iowa on Sunday.  Bobby Goddin

The women’s soccer team lost for the second time this season Thursday night. 

In the first road game since their trip to California during nonconference play, the Hoosiers squandered a 3-1 lead in the second half to lose 4-3 in overtime at Nebraska.

IU was on a six-game unbeaten streak coming into the match.

After more than two hours of weather delays, the game began late in the Lincoln, Nebraska, night.

In the 24th minute of action, senior forward Abby Allen found the back of the net for the her team-leading seventh goal of the year. Allen also leads the team in points, with 19. 

Nebraska tied the game early in the second half, but the Hoosiers responded twelve minutes later. Allen won the ball on the right and crossed it toward the left where senior Mykayla Brown headed in the goal. 

Sophomore Melanie Forbes, who scored two goals and had an assist last weekend, notched yet another goal off her left foot. IU lead 3-1 in the 75th minute.

Nebraska answered just 25 seconds later. Faith Carter cut the deficit in half after Forbes’ goal, but that wouldn’t be enough for the senior Cornhusker. Seven minutes later, Carter sent in the equalizer past IU’s sophomore goalkeeper Bethany Kopel. 

No more goals were scored before the end of regulation, so the game went to overtime at 3-3. Carter scored the game-winning goal for Nebraska 58 seconds into the extra frame of play. The seventh goal of her senior season completed the hat-trick game for Carter.

The IU loss comes exactly a week after the Hoosiers stunned Michigan in overtime. IU trailed 2-0 in the final five minutes and came back to win the game 3-2.

IU, 6-2-2, will continue their road trip on Sunday with a match at Iowa. The Hawkeyes started the season 4-0-1, but have since gone 0-4-1. Iowa is still in search of their first win in Big Ten play this season. 

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