The Huskers open play at Michigan State on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT)
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Head to State of Michigan for Two Games

By NU Athletic Communications

Game 12 - at Michigan State
Series History -
MSU leads, 1-0-0
When -
 Friday, Sept. 28 (3 p.m.)
Where -
DeMartin Soccer Complex
Live Stream -
Live Stats -

Game 13 - at Michigan
Series History -
UM leads, 2-1-1
When -
 Sunday, Sept. 30 (1 p.m.)
Where -
U-M Soccer Stadium
Live Stream -
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After starting Big Ten play with a 2-1-0 record, the Nebraska soccer team (5-5-1) heads to the state of Michigan this weekend for a pair of games against the Michigan State Spartans (7-3-1, 1-2-0) and the No. 22 Michigan Wolverines (9-2-0, 3-0-0).

Nebraska enters the weekend with a 1-0-0 record in Big Ten road games, as they opened conference play with a win at Northwestern.

Starting on Friday, the Huskers and Spartans are scheduled to play a 3 p.m. (CT) game in East Lansing at the DeMartin Soccer Complex. Last season's meeting in Lincoln was the first ever game between the two programs and the Huskers will be looking for a win after dropping a 1-0 decision last year.

The Huskers are set to conclude their trip north with a 1 p.m. (CT) game on Saturday with the Wolverines at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines enter the weekend with a perfect 3-0-0 record and as the No. 22 team in the country.

The Wolverines are yet to allow a goal during Big Ten play, as they've defeated Indiana (3-0), Minnesota (1-0) and then No. 14 Wisconsin (3-0) by a combined score of 7-0.

Michigan won last season's meeting between the two programs in Lincoln, 2-1.

At this time neither game is schedule to be streamed live, but links to live stats for both games will be available at

Young Fire Power
Of the Huskers' 17 goals this season, 15 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 six goals after scoring one as a true freshman last season. Freshmen Katie Kraeutner and Jaylyn Odermann, along with sophomore Hannah Dittmar are tied for second on the team with two goals each, while freshman Alex Massey, freshman Caroline Flynn and sophomore Caroline Gray have each scored one goal.

400th Game
Sunday's game at Michigan will mark the 400th game in Nebraska soccer history. The Huskers hold a 261-113-24 record entering the weekend through their first 398 games.

Game 100 (11/1/98) - at Baylor, L 1-0

Game 200 (11/17/02) - Yale, W 1-0

Game 300 (10/5/07) - at Colorado, L 4-0

Charting Saves
Junior goalie Emma Stevens entered the 2012 season ranked eighth on the Huskers all-time saves list with 110 saves.

The Corona, Calif., native enters the weekend in sole possession of fifth place on the all-time chart with 142 saves, one ahead of Rebecca Hornbacher (1996-97).

Stevens has a chance to move to fourth place this weekend with 11 saves, as Katie Wright (2003-04) sits in fourth place with 152 career saves.

Stevens recently set a personal best with 204:54 minutes of scoreless play in net over a four-game span. The streak started against Baylor on Friday, Aug. 31 and ended during the Northern Colorado game on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Tough Road Ahead
The Huskers are going to face a tough schedule down the stretch, as five of their final eight games come against teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire top-25 rankings.

Nebraska takes on No. 22 Michigan on Sunday and hosts Penn State, who is currently eighth in the country, on Friday, Oct. 12.

Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa are all receiving votes in the latest poll, with Nebraska playing Iowa and Wisconsin on the road.

Fire Away
The Huskers have produced 30 shots twice this season, tying Purdue for the most shots in a game by a Big Ten team in 2012.

Nebraska first notched 30 shots in a 4-0 win over Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 8 and then did it again in a 1-1 double overtime tie with Northern Colorado on Sept. 16.

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.



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