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Page 10 _Monday, September 20,1999
No. 1 Santa Clara gives NU 1st loss
By Brandon Schulte
Staff writer
The Nebraska soccer team’s quest
for the No. 1 ranking will have to wait
... at least for a little while
A second-half goal wasn’t enough
as No. 3 NU was defeated -1 by No. 1
Santa Clara in the championship game
of the Stanford Nike Invitational.
The loss was the first on the season
for the Comhuskers and dropped them
to 7-1-0 on the season. The Broncos
remained undefeated at 7-0-0.
NU’s Lindsay Eddleman scored off
a comer kick from Jenny Benson at 69
minutes 54 seconds to cut the 2-0 half
time deficit to 2-1. And Nebraska’s
doom was sealed when a desperation
shot missed with three seconds left.
Nebraska managed just three shots
compared to 11 for Santa Clara.
Despite his team’s first loss, NU
Coach John Walker saw positive signs
in the second half.
“Santa Clara was better than us
today, but at the same time, I thought we
did some good things,” Walker said.
"Most importantly, we didn’t give up
when we got down early. We continued
to battle and fight.
“I thought in the second half we
were the ones controlling the game. I
was a little disappointed that we didn't
get more shots off, but they are a great
The Broncos got their first goal of
the match in the 26th minute when
Heather Aldama took a flick off the heel
of Jacqui Little and arched her shot over
Husker goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc
from 16 yards out.
The second goal came three min
utes before intermission when All
American forward Mandy Clemens
took a ball from midfielder Kerry
Cathcart. LeBlanc rushed out of the net
to cut down the angle on the shot, and
Clemens scored from 12 yards away.
The game against the Broncos was
Santa Clam was better than us today, but at
the same time ... we did some good things ”
John Walker
NU women’s soccer coach
a t the only one in which the Huskers
were behind in the tournament.
Nebraska also trailed in the second
half of the first game against No. 22
Stanford. However, the Cornhuskers
scored twice in five minutes for the 2-1
result. Kori Saunders tied the match at
one when she was able to head a Jenny
Benson cross into the net at 67:51.
That set up All-American Isabelle
Morneau’s game-winning goal.
Morneau took a cross from fellow
defender and All-American Sharolta
Nonen in the 73 rd minute.
Blitzes lead
to big game
for rush ends
■ Vanden Bosch and Wills keep
the Golden Eagles at bay to secure
the 20-13 lead against Southern
By Joshua Camenzind
Staff writer
With the two-interception performance of
Keyuo Craver and the two-touchdown perfor
mance by Julius Jackson against Southern
Mississippi, one group of the defense might have
been overlooked - the rush ends.
Junior Kyle Vanden Bosch and senior Aaron
Wills played a big part in the win over the Golden
Eagles with 17 tackles combined. Rush Ends
Coach Nelson Barnes said he was pleased with the
play of his two young starters.
“We got a little better pressure on the quarter
back than I had expected,” Barnes said. “We hit
him, knocked him down and sacked him quite a
few times.”
Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride
agreed that the Huskers did a good job of pressur
ing USM quarterback Jeff Kelly.
“We did blitz a lot,” McBride said. “It worked
out; they had some trouble protecting the weak
Vanden Bosch had only two tackles in the first
two contests but had two sacks and a forced fum
ble that resulted in a first-quarter touchdown for
“I knew my time would come,” Vanden Bosch
said. “(The quarterback) just looked like a big
hamburger out there. He didn’t see me coming ...
and the ball popped loose.”
Barnes said Vanden Bosch has improved each
“He has shown improvement in both playing
the run and rushing the passer,” Barnes said.
“He’s strictly business when he gets on the
field, and you can see on game days that he plays
with a tremendous amount of emotion.” Barnes
The inefficiency of the offense to sustain a
drive forced the defense to suck it up when it was
tired and worn down.
While Barnes admitted that the defense did
nothing “exotic” to stop Southern Miss, he did say
that the defense dealt well with the shifts and for
mations that the Golden Eagles threw at them.
The various blitzes that NU brought against
the USM offense allowed the rush ends to have a
big game. That included Wills, who now has 18
tackles this season to rank third on the team.
Wills has been the surprise of the defense this
season. Barnes said, if there has been one.
“Aaron is probably doing a little better than I
’anticipated,” Barnes said. “He came over to the
rush ends when I got here, and prior to that he was
a tight end.”
Along with Vanden Bosch and Wills, the play
of freshman Chris Kelsay has impressed Barnes.
“Chris is the first guy to get onto the field,”
Barnes said. “Chris has demonstrated that he is a
■little bit ahead of some of the younger guys.”
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TOP: NEBRASKA MEN tie with Air Force
Academy for first-place honors in the
10th Annual Woody Greeno/Nebraska
Invitational Cross Country Meet. The
meet, which was held at Pioneers Park,
featured more than 525 competitors.
Zimmer, a sophomore, helps run
Nebraska into second place at the cross
country event.
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By David Diehl
The Nebraska men’s cross country team
raced its way to a first plaee tie with the Air
Force Academy, and the Cornhusker women
finished just behind Kansas State to take second
at the 10th annual Woody Greeno/Nebraska
Invitational Saturday at Pioneers Park.
Junior Marcus Witter was the Husker’s top
finisher, grabbing fifth place in the 8,000-meter
race in 25 minutes, 33.94 seconds.
“I wasn’t struggling like I did last year,”
Witter said. “It was just more of a comfort
Witter said even though NU tied for first
place, it was great to get back on top.
“Last year we didn’t even win the meet,”
Witter said. “This year we tied it, and you still
get first place.
“Who knows who won? We don’t really
care. We’re not too concerned about winning
every meet when we go out there. We’re more
concerned about how good our team is going to
be trying to run together and get some confi
dence in ourselves.”
The other top finishing Huskers were Aaron
Carrizales and Mike Kamm, who finished 22nd
and 24th respectively.
Witter said it felt good to start running
the right foot.
“I think that a lot of the guys on the team ran
the same way,” Witter said. “They just felt com
fortable and were pleased with the way it went.”
For the women, Michelle Brooks and Jaime
Pauli finished in the top 10. Brooks, a native of
Preston, England, finished in a team-best
18:05.77 and Pauli came in seventh in 18:12.21.
NU took a shot at its 10th consecutive
women’s invite title but fell just short of Kansas
State, which had runners fill the top four spots.
Pauli said not continuing the streak didn’t
really play in the team’s general disappointment,
but the simple fact that they didn’t win did.
“Everybody gave it their best, though,”
Pauli said. “And that is all you can ask for.”
KSU and Nebraska were expected to do
quite well in the meet, Pauli said, which was lit
tered with smaller schools.
“We knew (Kansas State) was going to be
good because they won the Big 12 last year,”
Pauli said. “But we didn’t know they were that
Other top runners for NU were Jeannette
Zimmer in 13th place and Kathryn Handrup,
who took 15th overall.
The cross country team will go to
Minneapolis this weekend for the Roy Ciriuk
Invitational, where the men placed 13th and the
women finished seventh last year.