Huskers Host Minnesota in Regular Season Finale
Game 19 - Minnesota
Series History - NU leads, 5-1-0
When - Friday, Oct. 26 (4 p.m.)
Where - Nebraska Soccer Field
Live Stream - BTN
Live Stats - Huskers.com
Lincoln - With a spot at next week's Big Ten Tournament already secured, the Nebraska soccer team (7-10-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) will be looking to lockup the No. 7 seed at the tournament with a win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-7-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Nebraska Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Last season the Huskers finished the year at Minnesota with a chance to make the Big Ten Tournament on the line with a win, but the Gophers ended Nebraska's season by picking up their first ever win against the Huskers, after Nebraska won the first five meeting between the two teams.
One year later, both teams have locked up a spot at the conference tournament, but seeding for the tournament is still not set.
The Huskers are currently tied with the Indiana Hoosiers for the No. 7 seed at the tournament, but NU hold the tie breaker over the Hoosiers due to NU's 2-1 win earlier this season in Lincoln on Sept. 23. Nebraska will earn the No. 7 seed with a win or an Indiana loss.
The Gophers will also be playing for a higher seed on Friday as they currently sit in three-way tie with Wisconsin and Illinois for the No. 4 seed. Minnesota can do no better than the No. 4 seed, but could fall as low as the No. 6 seed.
Friday's game is scheduled to be streamed on BTN.com (subscription required), and live stats will be available at Huskers.com.
Tournament Field Nearly Set
Seven of the eight spots at next week's Big Ten Tournament have been secured, however, host-school Indiana and Iowa are still fighting for the tournament's final bid.
Previously, the host school earned an automatic bid to the tournament, but the conference coaches changed the rule this season.
Indiana enters its game on Friday against Ohio State tied for seventh with Nebraska and will punch its ticket to the Big Ten Tournament with a win over the Buckeyes.
However, with an Indiana loss on Friday, the Iowa Hawkeyes will have a chance on Saturday to move into a tie with the Hoosiers with a win over Wisconsin.
Iowa would then earn the final spot, as it holds the tie breaker over Indiana with a 1-0 win on Sept. 21.
Back in the Postseason
After not qualifying for the postseason for just the second time in program history last season, the Huskers have secured a spot at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament and will make their 15th conference tournament appearance in the past 17 seasons.
Depending on how seeding ends up, the Huskers will open play on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m. (CT) or 3:30 p.m. (CT) against either Penn State, Michigan or Ohio State.
While a member of the Big 12 Conference from 1996 to 2010, the only year the Huskers did qualify for the conference tournament was 2007, when they finished tied for 10th.
Young Fire Power
Of the Huskers' 25 goals this season, 22 of the goals have been scored by freshmen or sophomores, including six from NU's freshmen class.
Senior Jordan Jackson and junior Stacy Bartels are the only juniors or seniors to score a goal in 2012.
Sophomore Mayme Conroy leads the team with 12 goals after scoring one as a true freshman last season. Freshmen Katie Kraeutner and Jaylyn Odermann, along with sophomores Caroline Gray and Hannah Dittmar are tied for second on the team with two goals each, while freshmen Alex Massey and Caroline Flynn have each scored one goal.
Bartels has scored two goals on the year, with Jackson adding one.
Nebraska sophomore Mayme Conroy enters the week ranked 21st in the country with 12 goals on the season.
East Tennessee State's Ramey Kerns leads the country with 20 goals on the year, as she leads the country with 1.176 goals per game.
In the Big Ten Conference, Conroy is tied for fourth with Penn State's Maya Hayes and Iowa's Cloe Lacasse. Minnesota's Taylor Uhl leads the league with 19 goals in 18 games, an average of 1.06 goals per game.
Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron is second in the Big Ten with 16 goals and Penn State's Christine Nairn sits third with 13 goals.