Huskers weather early goal, then lightning to tie No. 7 Penn State

Huskers weather early goal, then lightning to tie No. 7 Penn State

LINCOLN — After dropping its Big Ten opener to Ohio State on Friday, Nebraska played seventh-ranked Penn State to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Hibner Stadium.

Both goals came in the first half as Penn State took the lead, scoring with 20 minutes left before halftime. Charlotte Williams scored from the left side for the 11th goal of her career.

Then the teams had to wait. And wait.

With 7:21 left in the half, lightning delayed the match two hours and 32 minutes. Once the game resumed, the Huskers scored the equalizer before halftime.

Sinclaire Miramontez delivered a long free kick into the box where senior Haley Hanson headed home a goal past goalkeeper Amanda Dennis. It was Hanson’s team-best fifth goal this season and it snapped a shutout streak of 353 minutes for the Penn State defense.

Both Dennis and NU keeper Aubrei Corder came up with three saves in overtime. Corder needed to make one save before the second overtime.

Penn State had the last scoring chance as Laura Freigang fired a shot from 20 yards out in the closing seconds, but Corder was there to collect the save.

Penn State, which defeated Iowa 1-0 on Friday, outshot the Huskers 15-9, including 11-4 after halftime. Hanson took four of NU’s nine attempts.

Nebraska (6-3-1) returns to action Friday at Michigan State.

Penn State (7-2-1, 1-0-1)….1 0 0 0 – 1

Nebraska (6-3-1, 0-1-1)…..1 0 0 0 – 1

Goals: PS, Williams; NU, Hanson.

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