Powell Powers Huskers to Two Wins

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Junior Shay Powell and sophomore Michaella Fulmer combined for five goals to guide the Nebraska women’s soccer team to wins over Denver (3-0) and South Dakota State (4-0) in the Hawks Championship Center on Sunday. With victories in their last five contests, the Huskers improved to 5-1-1 in the spring season.

Powell posted at hat trick to lead NU over the Pioneers in the first game of the day, while Fulmer added two in the first half against the Jackrabbits to help the Huskers go 2-0 on the day. Sophomore goalkeepers Tara Macdonald and Jessica Mills combined for their third and fourth shutouts this season, including not allowing a goal in their last three contests.

The Huskers battled Denver to a 0-0 tie at halftime, before cranking up the offensive pressure in the second half. Powell got Nebraska on the board in the 48th minute after junior Anna Caniglia connected with her on a pass at midfield. Powell found a crease in the defense and made a long drive down the right side of the field before beating the DU goalkeeper low.

Junior Lauren Isenhower put a point-blank shot off the cross bar in the 53rd minute, before Powell notched her second goal of the game less than seven minutes later. In a show of great ball control, Macdonald passed a free kick to sophomore Jaclyn White along the left sideline, who centered the ball to Fulmer in the middle of the field. Fulmer flicked the ball on to Powell, who fought off a Pioneer defender down the field to slip the ball past the goalkeeper’s right side.

Redshirt freshman Blair Slapper found the crossbar again, this time on a free kick from 30 yards out with six minutes left, while Powell iced the game courtesy of a spectacular goal in the 69th minute. White picked up another assist, as she found Powell on a cross-field pass to the deep left corner. Powell took a low shot to the far post from an awkward angle, but the ball snuck under the DU goalkeeper’s hands and into the back of the net to give Powell the hat trick.

The Huskers continued their momentum into the first half against South Dakota State, earning three goals in the half to take a commanding lead. NU claimed their first goal courtesy of an excellent header from sophomore Katie Goetzmann in the fourth minute. The SDSU goalkeeper took a goal kick, which Goetzmann headed into the box to find a wide-open Fulmer for an easy one-on-one goal.

Fulmer struck again in the eighth minute off a Caniglia cross. Alexa Cardona controlled the ball through the midfield and found Caniglia on the left side, as she had time to put a cross on the net that found its way to the back post and Fulmer’s foot.

The Jackrabbits surged back with some offensive pressure of their own, but White capped the half on a high note for the Huskers. With less than three minutes left in the period, Cardona threw the ball in to Powell, who found White in the middle of the field. A couple dribbles and White unleashed a shot from 25 yards out that beat the SDSU goalkeeper high to the right.

The second half was more of the same, as junior Carly Peetz found the back of the net for the Huskers in the 60th minute. Peetz capitalized on a deflected shot and headed the ball into the goal for the final margin.

Nebraska continues its spring season against USC in Las Angeles on April 5.