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ABOVE: NU SOCCER COACH JOHN WALKER embraces Becky Hogan after the
triple overtime win Friday against Texas A&M. Hogan scored the winning goal
RIGHT: THE NU WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM hoists the Big 12 Tournament Trophy
after defeating the Missouri Tigers 4-0 in the final Sunday in San Antonio. The
Huskers captured their second tournament title in three years.
The Golden Goal
Story and Photos by Matt Miller
lurn of tuck
for Hogan leads to
Big 12 title for NU
SAN ANTONIO - It was an improbable
On Friday night, the Nebraska women’s soc
cer team was tied with rival Texas A&M after
more than two hours of play in a Big 12
The Huskers were playing a player down
because junior forward Lindsay Eddleman, the
team’s second-leading scorer, had been ejected
from the game after two yellow cards.
The Big 12’s leading scorer, NU senior Kim
Engesser, hadn’t gotten a shot off the entire
game. The Aggies were out-shooting Nebraska
nearly four to one.
Still the Huskers were hanging tough in the
chill and drizzle that night.
In the 125th minute of sudden death in the
third overtime, freshman Meghan Anderson sent
a comer kick into the box.
Senior Becky Hogan knocked the ball off the
side of her head. It bounced into the net. The
Huskers won 3-2.
“That goal was so perfect,” Hogan said. “I
knew where (the ball) was going. I was tired. I
took two steps and just stuck my head out.”
Hogan wasn’t accustomed to scoring this
season. The senior had racked up just one goal
before Friday night. She even admitted her job
was to run and create, not to score. Other players
such as Eddleman and Engesser could handle the
In fact, Hogan’s goal was the first she had
ever scored off her head during her four years at
“I’m not too good with the ol’ noggin,” she
One of her teammates said Hogan was so
unlucky, she couldn’t score on an open net.
During her freshman year, Hogan’s shots
bounced off crossbars 21 times.
Hogan’s poor play throughout the game
Friday made her game-winning score even more
“I played horrible,” she said. “As far as con
tributing to our success, I didn’t do much.”
After scoring the winning goal, Hogan ran to
midfield, where she was mobbed by teammates.
A few moments later, some degree of sanity
was restored, and the team retreated to the chang
ing tent to put on some dry clothes.
THE HUSKERS dribble the ball in a tight group
during warm-ups Sunday before the final
Not Hogan, though; she wanted to savor the
With a Texas-sized grin, she moved around
the field, bouncing from hug to hug. She still
wore her wet shorts and jersey. Her ear bled from
where the ball hit, but she didn’t even notice.
“Nobody is going to believe I scored,” she
She was right.
Two days later, many of Hogan’s friends and
family were incredulous. When she told them
about her best goal, their first reaction was, “No
But the moment was real, and Hogan will rel
“It was really emotional because Texas A&M
is a huge rival. It was sudden death. It was the Big
12 Tournament. It was my senior year.
“It is one moment I can keep.”
SENIOR FORWARD KIM ENGESSER scored two goals in the second half of the championship
game Sunday. Although Engesser scored twice, she was not named to the All-Big 12
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