Julianna Gernes scored in the first minute of the second overtime to give the Gophers women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in Lincoln in its final regular-season game.
Gernes scored the goal after a long run by Kellie McGahn, who sent a cross to Molly Fiedler in the middle of the box. She flicked the ball to the right side of the net where Gernes was waiting. She delivered her team-leading ninth goal of the season.
Kailee Sharp made two saves for the shutout. Nebraska outshot the Gophers 10-7, but Minnesota had a 5-2 edge in shots on goal.
It was the first overtime game for Minnesota (11-4-3, 7-3-1) since Sept. 21 against Michigan. The Cornhuskers (9-5-5, 3-3-5) have lost their past two matches after an eight-match unbeaten streak (3-0-5).
With the win, the Gophers tied for second place in the Big Ten and got the third seed in the Big Ten tournament. They will host sixth-seeded Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Sunday. If it wins that quarterfinal, Minnesota would advance to the conference semifinals Nov. 3 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
Gophers coach Stefanie Golan has won at least 11 games in every season she has been at Minnesota, starting in 2012. The seven Big Ten wins is the second consecutive season the Gophers have reached that mark, which is a program first.
U volleyball wins in five sets
The No. 5 Gophers volleyball team won its eighth match in a row, but it wasn't easy. Minnesota rallied to edge Illinois 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 15-11 at Maturi Pavilion. Match point came on a hitting error by the visitors.
Sophomore opposite hitter Alexis Hart led the Gophers (20-2, 9-2) with 28 kills, while freshmen Regan Pittman had 13 and Stephanie Samedy 12. Dalianliz Rosado had a team-high 24 digs.
Minnesota hit .233 overall in its third five-set win of the season; the Illini (16-6, 7-4) hit .220 led by Beth Prince with 18 kills.
Illinois outblocked Minnesota 17-6, but the Gophers had more kills (71-61) and more digs (87-75).
• Gymnast Joel Gagnon received the Williams Award and distance runner Madeline Strandemo, who competes for the cross-country and track and field teams, received the Berg Award which are given annually to recognize the Gophers' outstanding male and female student-athletes.
• The Minnesota State Moorhead women's basketball team was picked to win the overall and North Division titles in a preseason NSIC coaches poll. The Dragons received 10 first place votes and had 213 points, to edge Northern State by four points.
• Bemidji State is second and Minnesota State Mankato fourth in the NCAA Division II women's soccer Central Region rankings.