Junior Stacy Bartels and the Huskers open Big Ten play on Friday
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Open Big Ten Play at Northwestern

By NU Athletic Communications

Game 8 - Northwestern
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When -
 Friday, Sept. 14 (5 p.m.)
Where -
Lakeside Field
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BTN (7 p.m. tape delay)
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Game 9 -
Northern Colorado
Series History -
When -
 Sunday, Sept. 16 (1 p.m.)
Where -
Nebraska Soccer Field
Live Video -
Live Stats -

Lincoln - With seven non-conference games in the book, the Nebraska soccer team (3-4-0) starts Big Ten Conference play this Friday when it visits the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston, Ill.

The Huskers and Wildcats are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Lakeside Field and the game will be shown nationally on the Big Ten Network on tape delay at 7 p.m. on Friday. Fans will be able to watch the game live on BTN2Go.com and live stats will be available at NUSports.com.

The two teams played in Nebraska's first ever Big Ten Conference event across all sports last season, as NU won the game, 3-1, on Sept. 18. Nebraska holds a 4-2-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Following Friday night's game in Evanston, the Huskers will return to Lincoln for their final non-conference game of the season when they host the Northern Colorado Bears for a 1 p.m. game at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

Northern Colorado enters the weekend with a 2-3-1 record and is set to play at Drake on Friday night before traveling to Lincoln.

Nebraska has won the first two meeting between the two programs, with the teams last meeting in Greeley, Colo.,  to open the 2009 season.

The game is schedule to be streamed live on BTN.com (subscription required) and live stats will be available on Huskers.com

Conference Time
After playing 15 seasons in the Big 12 Conference, Nebraska moved to the Big Ten Conference last season.

The Huskers finished conference play with a 4-7 record a year ago and will be looking to get back in the conference tournament after not qualifying for it last season.

This season's tournament will be held in Bloomington, Ind., and the Hoosiers will receive and automatic bid to the tournament as the host school.

The top eight teams in the conference standings are invited to the tournament, unless the Hoosiers finish outside of the top eight, then only the top seven teams in the league are invited.

As members of the Big 12, the Huskers won three regular-season conference titles and five tournament titles.

Missing Link
The Nebraska soccer team has been without the services of senior forward Jordan Jackson so far this season due to an injury.

The lone senior on the 2012 squad, Jackson started every game the past two seasons and earned 14 starts as a true freshman in 2009.

A second-team All-Big Ten selection a year ago, the Huskers are hopeful that Jackson will be able to return to the lineup for Friday's Big Ten opener at Northwestern.

Fire Away
The Huskers got off 30 shots in last Saturday's 4-0 win over Southeast Missouri State, which ties Purdue for the most shots in a game this season by a Big Ten team.

Last season, the Huskers also put up 30 shots in a 8-1 win over Northern Arizona on Sept. 4, 2011. Prior to the game with the Lumberjacks, the last time the Huskers posted 30 or more shots was on Sept. 21, 2008, when they posted 31 shots in a 2-1 win over Stephen F. Austin.

Young Fire Power
10 of the Huskers 11 goals this season have been scored by freshmen or sophomores, including four from NU's freshmen class.

Junior Stacy Bartels is the only junior or senior to score a goal in 2012.

Sophomore Mayme Conroy leads the team with three goals after scoring one as a true freshman last season. Freshman Katie Kraeutner and sophomore Hannah Dittmar rank second on the team with two goals each, while freshman Jaylyn Odermann, freshman Alex Massey and sophomore Caroline Gray have each scored one goal.

Charting Saves
Junior goalie Emma Stevens entered the 2012 season ranked eighth on the Huskers all-time saves list with 100 saves.

The Corona, Calif., native enters the weekend in sole possession of sixth place on the all-time chart with 125 saves, one ahead of Jessica Mills (2007-09).

Rebecca Hornbacher (1996-97) sits in fifth place with 141 saves.


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