Soccer: Tough road match against No.13 Nebraska ends in loss

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A new season means the chance to start over and a chance to put last year’s losses behind.

Ideally, a team wants to win its first game of a new season. However, the reality is that someone has to lose.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they lost their opening match of the 2014 season to No.13 Nebraska 4-0.

From the onset, it was a one-sided affair and the Cornhuskers were up 3-0 by the 32nd minute.

“We went down early and that made it difficult for us,” Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. “We got off to a slow start, and against a quality team like Nebraska, you can’t get off to a slow start.”

SMU’s lone shot in the first half came courtesy of junior midfielder Lissi Lonsberry, whose header was stopped by a diving, save from Nebraska keeper Kelly Schatz.

Lonsberry led the Mustangs with two shots on goal. Sophomore defender Taylor Jackson, senior forward Shelby Redman, sophomore forward Kelsy Gorney and first-year forward Lauren Guerra each added a shot to the Mustangs’ total.

Junior Shannon Maroney was in goal for SMU for a the full 90 minutes of play and tallied five save, but allowed the four goals.

Despite allowing Nebraska to score four times, Petrucelli though Maroney performed well.

The Mustangs face this past Sunday Kansas and will host Texas Southern Aug. 29 at Westcott Field.

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