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Minnesota canft maintain
By Brock Wendlandt
Minnesota Soccer Coach Sue
Montagne had been in this position
In previous years, her Golden
Gophers had twice traveled to Lincoln
in November rally to be met with win
ter conditions and dismal results. The
most memorable was a 1996 NCAA
game when Nebraska pulled out a
mud-caked 3-2 quadruple overtime
win on a cold, sloppy Abbott Sports
But with the temperatures well
above freezing and the sun luminous in
the sky, it appeared even Mother
Nature was ready for a different out
come for the Gophers on Sunday. And
for the first 10 minutes of the match,
UM also looked poised for the change.
Senior midfielder Jamie O’Gara
gave the Gophers their best chance at a
scoring opportunity when she took a
thrown ball from senior forward
Nicole Lee and struck a shot that was
kick-saved by Cornhusker goalie
Karina LeBlanc. O’Gara rebounded
the save and sent another shot wide of
The early advantage, Montagne
said, would have been instrumental for
“If we would have gotten an early
goal,” she said, “it might have been a
different game. Nebraska is one of
those teams that picks up speed when
they get a goal and just keeps going
Montagne said the Gophers, who
are normally a possession-oriented
team, were looking to change their
strategy and Serve many long balls on
the Huskers. She wanted them to play
their passing game with one and two
touches to utilize team speed.
“We knew our forwards could run
with their defenders,” she said, “and
we were also ready to win a lot of
Lee said that although the goal was
to pressure NU up front, the Huskers
Their defenders are probably some of the
best we ve gone against this season
Minnesota senior forward, on Huskers ' ’ "
had talent to counter.
“Their defenders are probably
some of the best we’ve gone against
this season,” she said.
With strong defensive play and by
pouring on five goals, the Huskers
provided UM their third straight sec
ond-round NCAA exit.
The result left Montagne with this
question: How can her team, who met
the same chilling fate in 1996, change
its fortune of traveling to NCAA desti
nations in November and falling
The simple answer. “We have to do
the job during the season,” she said.
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NU gets revenge on K-State
HUSKERS from page 8
Head Coach Frank Solich said. “And
we were able to mix in some throws.”
But Nebraska’s defense supplied
the offense with good field position
most of the day. It harassed Wildcat
quarterbacks Jonathan Beasley and
Adam Helm into completing only
eight of 32 passes for 142 yards. Many
of Beasley’s 16 incompletions were so
off the mark that it seemed K-State
receivers were wide open, as Husker*
defensive backs chased the ball.
“Some of that is us getting pressure
on Beasley,” Nebraska defensive coor
dinator Charlie McBride said. “And
some of that, obviously, is just Beasley
having a bad day. But our pressure got
to both of them.”
In all, the NU defense forced five
turnovers, including one interception.
It allowed only 234 total yards.
Nebraska fumbled an astonishing
10 times itself - a team record - but
lost only three. Still, fumbles by
Alexander and No. 2 I-back Correll
Buckhalter may have cost them their"
jobs, as No. 3 I-back Dahrran Diedrick
filled in nicely with 14 carries for 93
“It was that many?” Solich asked
when told the number of fumbles.
“That’s rough there. That certainly
doesn’t help us.”
Especially when NU fumbled at
the KSU 1-yard line ahead 7-0. But
Nebraska special teams dynamo
Randy Stella blocked a punt to give the
Huskers a safety and a 9-0 lead. NU
then scored on the ensuing possession
to go ahead 16-0. The Wildcats never
got closer than 10 after that.
That didn’t mean Nebraska wasn’t
worried with the 15-point cushion. K
State is traditionally a second-half
team and had the ball to start the final
30 minutes. Despite good field posi
tion, nothing ever materialized. Once,
KSU Coach Bill Snyder tried a fake
punt at midfield that was snuffed out
by Husker senior Greg List. It seemed
to signal an end to any chances the Cats
might have had.
“We knew they were a second-half
team,” Ralph Brown said. “And that’s
something we harped on at halftime.
When we came out and established
ourselves, it was almost like they felt
they had no shot.”
Nebraska added a field goal and
two touchdowns - a 46-yard run from
Diedrick and an Eric Johnson 15-yard
fumble return - to cap NU’s scoring.
Kansas State got itself a late touch
down, as well, as the second resembled
stop-and-go, rush-hour traffic, as
opposed to the frantic mad dash of last
It made the Huskers look all the
It was almost like
they felt they had no
better. With a win over Colorado, NU
would earn its rematch against Texas in
the Big 12 Championship. Win there,
and it might be a trip to New Orleans
for the Sugar Bowl and the national
championship, which few would have
predicted three weeks ago.
This Saturday’s Florida-Florida
State game, along with the
Championship, in which Florida will
play, will go a long way toward deter
mining whether NU can make a title
run. Solich won’t concede anything,
but post-game interviews proved he
was thinking about it.
“I’ll see where this game plays into
it when the voters vote and they tabu
late it all,” he said. Hopefully, the sys
tem will put the two best teams in the
national championship game, whoever
that might be.”
After Saturday, it be die Huskers.
Huskers roll over Iowa State
By Brian Chusttopherson
Iowa State proved to be little more
than a light scrimmage for the Nebraska
volleyball team Saturday night.
The Huskers had no trouble in a 15
2,15-4,15-5 waltz over die conference
cellar-dwelling Cyclones at the NU
NU took only 68 minutes to
improve to 21-5 overall and 13-3 in the
Big 12 Conference, good for fust
Fourteen players found their way
onto the floor for die Big Red, as Pettit
used the mismatch as an opportunity to
garnish some game experience for those
who have not seen much action this
Still, middle blocker Jenny Kropp
said it wasn’t hard for Nebraska to stay
fired up and her 11 team-leading kills
and .600 hitting percentage were the
fuel of that fire.
“We go out there and try to kill
We go out there and try to kill them,
NU middle blocker
them, basically” Kropp said. “We want
to let than score no points.”
Iowa State did score a few, but never
was the game in doubt, and Pettit was
pleased with the performance of his
“I thought we were pretty alert after
giving the team some time off this
week,” Pettit said. “They had their legs
The Cyclones were stuck in neutral
all match long, finishing with a .000 hit
ting percentage. ISU is still looking for
its first confoence win.
“We can’t match Nebraska point for
point,” Iowa State Coach Linda
Grensing said. “I think it’s a matter of
who’s going to have good nights for
them, ’cause there are too many good
Nebraska players had to be their
own worst critics after the match,
Greichaly Cepero tallied eight kills
and had a .583 hitting percentage and
still plucked out negatives in the
“These games you know you’re
going to win, you’re not going to be sat
isfied if you don’t work on the funda
mentals for bigger games,” Cepero said.
“1 don’t think we did as well on those lit
tle things tonight” '' .
Cross country title hopes up in air
■ Third-place finish puts
women’s fate in hands of
From Staff Reports
- The future of the Nebraska
women’s cross country season is now
in the hands of an NCAA selection
On Saturday, the Huskers, led by
senior Michelle Brooks, just missed
an automatic birth into the NCAA
Championships by placing third.
They needed second.
Brooks had a season-high sev
enth-place finish in 17 minutes and
19 seconds at the Midwest Regional
Championship in Savoy, III. Senior
Jaime Pauli had a career best time of
17:35, placing 11^.
Since the Comhuskers missed the
automatic bid by one spot, NU will be
in contention for one of the 13 at
large bids into the NCAA champi
onships, which will be held Nov. 22.
The men’s season came to a con
clusion Saturday; placing seventh.
The young Huskers were led once
again by junior Marcus Witter. Witter
ran the 10,000-meter course in 31:09,
good enough for 11th place. Aaron
Carrizales was the next Cornhusker
to finish, placing 26th in 31:37.
The women’s team will find out
about the fate of its season sometime
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