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Nebraska eliminates Bears, 7-1

Nov. 5, 1999

By TRAVIS THOLEN

Sports Writer

SAN ANTONIO--In a second-round showdown of the Big 12 Conference women's soccer tournament between the No. 22 Bears and No. 4 regular-season champion Nebraska Cornhuskers, a series of backyard-type shots found the mark for the Cornhuskers in a convincing 7-1 win Thursday night.

The Bears will come home and wait for the NCAA committee to issue a bid for the post season NCAA tournament, while the Cornhuskers stretch their winning streak to 12 and face the No. 25 Missouri Tigers for the conference title Saturday.

The Cornhuskers struck first at the seven-minute mark when midfielder Shannon Tanaka kicked the ball from 30-yards out for the score.

She knocked it over Bear junior goalkeeper Dawn Greathouse, who was out of the box looking to provide an offensive push.

Baylor answered in the 12th minute with an offensive surge when senior midfielder Nikki Hales passed the ball in front of the goal; a Cornhusker defender tried to clear it out through the right side, but sophomore forward Alyson Miles intercepted the clear attempt and evened the score at one.

After that, Nebraska proved just how good they are with six unanswered goals.

At 26:37 into the game, Nebraska went up on the Bears when Kori Saunders schooled Greathouse on the left side by doing a semi-circle and nailing an open shot.

Another downtown shot came with less than five minutes in the first half, as Nebraska defender Christine Latham sailed the ball over Greathouse's head from midfield into the net for a three-goal lead.

'Nebraska is so physical. You have to challenge every ball, which is very tiring to match and wore us down,' Baylor head Coach Nick Cowell said.

Nebraska defender Sharolta Nonen scored at the 72:37 mark with a 23-yard lob over Greathouse's head and off the left post for her first goal of the game. She added two assists.

Eleven different Nebraska players contributed scoring in the game with either assists or goals.