LINCOLN, Neb. (SMU) - The SMU women's soccer team dropped its opening match of the 2014 season to the 13th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-0, at the Nebraska Soccer Field in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday night.
The Mustangs got off to a slow start as the Cornhuskers led 3-0 in the 33rd minute. Nebraska outshot SMU, 10-1, in the first half.
"We went down early and that made it difficult for us," said head coach Chris Petrucelli. "We got off to a slow start, and against a quality team like Nebraska, you can't get off to a slow start."
Midfielder Caroline Gray put the Huskers on the board in the 13th minute and then midfielder Caroline Flynn followed with a long-distance strike that found the top corner of the net in the 22nd minute. Nebraska pushed its first half lead to three with a goal from forward Jaycie Johnson in the 32nd minute.
In the first half, SMU could not muster any offense.
Junior midfielder Lissi Lonsberry tallied the only shot for SMU in the opening half. Lonsberry's strike was headed for the lower left corner of the goal, but Nebraska keeper Kelly Schatz made a diving save.
The Mustangs were able to provide more offense in the second half, as they had four corner kicks and four shots on goal. SMU's best chance came in the 85th minute when a header from sophomore defender Taylor Jackson nearly found the back of the net, but, once again, Schatz made a diving save.
Junior goalkeeper Shannon Moroney played the full 90 minutes in net, totaling five saves.
"Moroney was solid and made a couple of nice saves," said Petrucelli. "Overall, I thought she played well."
The Mustangs return to the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 24 for a road match against Kansas at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.