Four Huskers Earn Big Ten Honors
Lincoln - With the release of the All-Big Ten soccer teams on Wednesday morning by the conference office, four Huskers earned honors, including second-team All-Big Ten accolades for sophomore Mayme Conroy and junior Ari Romero. Freshman Jaylyn Odermann was one of 11 freshmen across the conference named to the All-Freshman team and Bri Badje was NU's Sportsmanship Award honoree.
After scoring just one goal as a true freshman in 2011, Conroy has become the Huskers' top offensive threat this season with a team-high 14 goals and was one of three forwards named to the All-Big Ten second team. Her 14 goals rank her 12th in the nation and she ranks 17th nationally with .737 goals per game.
In the Big Ten, Conroy ranks third in the league in goals, trailing Minnesota's Taylor Uhl (19 goals) and Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron (18 goals).
Earlier this season Conroy scored at least one goal in five straight games and a total of seven goals during the five game stretch. She notched her first career hat trick at Wisconsin, with her third goal coming as the game winner in overtime.
After starting every game during her first two seasons at Nebraska, Romero missed the first five games of the 2012 season while playing for the Mexican National team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan. The Huskers were just 1-4-0 in her absence, but quickly picked up their second win of the season when she returned to the Husker starting lineup on Sunday, Sept. 2, in Nebraska's 2-1 win at Cincinnati.
One of three defenders named to the All-Big Ten second team, Romero has helped the Huskers pitch a pair of shutouts this season and hold five teams to one goal or less in her 14 games of action.
In three games during group play at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Romero started each game and played all 270 minutes of the three contests. She also led the Mexicans in assists with two. Romero and her teammates were one of eight teams to reach the second stage, but were eliminated in the first round following a 1-0 loss to Nigeria.
Odermann is one of just four players to start all 19 games for the Huskers so far this season, as she has been a key member of NU's defense. She has also been a threat on the offensive side of the field with two goals and two assists on the year.
Her second goal of the season came against the Indiana Hoosiers and was not only the game winner, but ended up helping the Huskers secure a bid at the Big Ten Tournament. Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa all finished the regular season tied for seventh in the conference standings, but NU's wins over both the Hoosiers and the Hawkeyes locked the Huskers into the No. 7 seed.
Badje was one of 12 student-athletes honored with the Sportsmanship Award. She has been a team leader for very young Husker team in 2012, as 15 of the team's 22 players are freshmen and sophomores. She has played in all 19 games this season, including 17 starts at defender.
The student-athletes chosen for the Sportsmanship Award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Nebraska makes its first appearance at the Big Ten Tournament later today when it takes on the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes, who are ranked 21st in the country in the latest NSCAA poll. The Huskers and Buckeyes are schedule to take the field at 3:30 p.m. (CT) time at Armstrong Field on the campus of Indiana University. The game will be streamed live on BTN.com and live stats can be found on Huskers.com.