Game 19 - Minnesota
History - NU
Friday, Oct. 26
Where - Nebraska Soccer Field
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
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.
Tiffany Cameron is second in the Big Ten with 16 goals and Penn State's
Christine Nairn sits third with 13 goals.