Huskers Ready for NCAA Home Opener
Lincoln – The Nebraska soccer team will battle Southeastern Louisiana in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Division I Soccer Championships this Friday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. CT at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
The Scarlet and Cream are the No. 2 seed in their region with Florida State earning the top spot in NU’s bracket. The Big Ten has eight schools in the field of 64.
The Huskers (18-3-1) will make their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2005, which is also the last time NU hosted a national postseason match at the Nebraska Soccer Field. Southeastern Louisiana (14-3-5) won the Southland Conference Tournament title to clinch an automatic berth.
Nebraska is one of only five teams in Division I to have 18 or more wins, which is the most for NU since 2000. The Huskers’ current nine-game win streak is tied for fourth best active streak in the nation (Seattle 15, Marquette 13, Denver 11, Illinois State 9). NU boasts the 27th best offense in the country averaging 2.32 goals per match, while allowing just one goal per contest including seven shutouts.
The First 100 student to show their N Card at the west gate will receive free admission. Ticket information is available on Huskers.com. Be sure to join in on the conversation and follow the NU soccer team on Twitter at @NebraskaSoccer or ‘like’ Nebraska Soccer on Facebook.
2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions
Nebraska captured its first Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Iowa on a penalty kick goal in the 30th minute from freshman Jaycie Johnson, who has amassed a team-best 13 tallies. This marked the fourth time in program history NU has locked up both regular-season and tournament titles in the same season and first since 2000.
Nebraska NCAA Tournament Trends
The Huskers are 15-10 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches and have never lost in the First Round. NU made ten straight appearances in the big dance from 1996-2005, which included six Sweet 16 runs and a pair of Elite Eight trips. Nebraska has a 10-5-1 home record in the NCAA Tournament. Only two NCAA matches have been played at Nebraska Soccer Field: 1-0 win over Creighton on Nov. 11, 2005 followed by a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Portland who went on to win the national title.
Jaycie Johnson has taken the Big Ten by storm and plans to keep it going in the NCAA Tournament after taking home B1G Offensive Player of the Tournament honors as well as a unanimous choice on the B1G All-Freshman team. Johnson’s 13 scores leads NU and is 9th best among Division I freshman and 40th overall.
Husker Power on Defense
Senior Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and of the B1G Tournament Ari Romero (91.2 mpg), Maritza Hayes (played every second in 11 of last 13 matches) and Kylie Greischar (80.5 mpg) along with junior Sam Areman and sophomore Jaylyn Odermann have keyed the NU defense. Although these defenders seldom find the stat sheet, their contributions on the field have been a major factor on this year’s NU squad. The vaunted NU defense has played in 13 one-goal matches, finishing with an 11-2 mark in those contests.
The 10th-ranked Huskers (18-3-1) are on a season-best nine-game win streak and have won 16 of their last 17 matches for the first time since 2000, when NU ran off 22 wins in its first 23 matches. NU has now scored in 18 consecutive matches, its longest streak since 2000, when Nebraska scored in its first 23 contests. The 18 victories are also NU’s most since 2000.
The Scarlet and Cream are 14-0-1 when scoring 2 or more goals this season and 12-0-1 both when scoring first and when leading at the half. The Huskers have set the tone early in Big Ten matches and hold an 11-3 lead in first-half scoring against B1G foes, with the lone goals allowed at Wisconsin on Oct. 18 at the 30-minute mark and a score 39 seconds into the B1G Quarterfinals on Wednesday against Minnesota, while falling behind early to Indiana in the B1G Semifinals just 7:26 into the match.
Nebraska allowed just 22 goals in 22 matches during this season, outscoring opponents by a 49-22 margin. The NU defense has been impressive on its way to a 31-12 scoring advantage against league opponents especially considering Big Ten opponents have had 34 more corner kick opportunities (83-49). In Big Ten action, NU was outshot 244-184 but leads in shots on goal by a 89-77 margin, a true testament to the Nebraska defense who routinely stonewalls conference foes when quality scoring chances arise.
The Huskers have not outshot its opposition in the last 13 matches but the defensive unit has become a story on its own and a key part of Nebraska’s success this season. In the regular season, NU won ten conference matches for the second time in school history (1999) and registered 15 wins for the first time since 2000.
This season is the first time with four conference shutouts since 2002 when the Big Red finished with 14 total shutouts, including 11 in the regular season. The seven shutouts for the Huskers this year are the most since 2004, which included the postseason. The last time NU notched six regular-season shutouts was also 2002.
The Scarlet and Cream are 62-23-12 in nine seasons of action at the Nebraska Soccer Field and currently 18-12-1 in three seasons of Big Ten regular-season competition.
Husker Offensive Balance
Jordan Jackson – 9 G, 10 A, 28 Pts, 3 GW
Jaycie Johnson – 13 G, 2 A, 28 Pts, 6 GW
Mayme Conroy – 10 G, 1 A, 21 Pts, 5 GW
Katie Kraeutner – 5 G, 4 A, 14 Pts
Sydney Miramontez – 3 G, 2 A, 8 Pts, 1 GW
Caroline Gray – 2 G, 2 A, 6 Pts, 1 GW
Stacy Bartels - 2 G, 2 A, 6 Pts
Notable Nebraska Careers
Jordan Jackson – 35 G, 29 A, 99 Pts
Mayme Conroy – 25 G, 5 A, 55 Pts
Emma Stevens – 1 G, 1.55 GAA, 36 W, 9.3 Sho
Scouting The Lions
Southeastern Louisiana (14-3-5) qualified for the NCAA Tournament after clinching the automatic bid out of the Southland Conference as the No. 3 seed after a PK victory over top-seeded Stephen F. Austin last weekend.
The Lions won their last two games in penalty kicks and have played overtime in nine matches this year. SELA has worked double OT in seven matches and have gone into extra time in six of their previous seven contests.
The Lions are paced by senior Kelsey Salcido’s eight goals and 10 assists, while freshman Brianna Singh has racked up nine goals and a pair of helpers. Junior Casey Peacock has been very efficient with seven goals and six assists.
SELA has posted 11 total shutouts this season and allowed only 12 goals all year. The Lions have given up more than one goal in a match just once, while scoring two goals per match.
Stevens’ Sensational Season
NU senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens earned her 36th career victory in the tournament championship match for her ninth career shutout.
On Oct. 20, Emma Stevens surpassed former Husker Erin Miller (239) to become the all-time leader in saves at Nebraska. The graduate student sits alone in first with 268 career stops. Stevens is near the top of several all-time NU goalkeeping categories, including second in minutes played (6,041), starts (67) and games played (71), while ranking third in wins (36) and sixth in shutouts (9.3).
More notably, Stevens capped the scoring for the Huskers with a dropkick that evaded the IU keeper on a high bounce that found the back of the net for the first score by a Nebraska keeper in school history as the Huskers won the B1G title.
Stevens amassed a 0.90 goals-against average in Big Ten action allowing 10 goals in 11 matches. In road league matches, Stevens boasted an impressive 0.77 GAA stopping 29 shots in five matches at a 87.9 percent clip.
Jackson - B1G Midfielder of the Year
Jordan Jackson has been heating up as she has recorded goals in six of her last nine matches and notched points in eight of her last nine, including four of her last five. Jackson’s 35th career tally ranks eighth among all-time Husker goal scorers, while her 29 assists are tied for sixth best in program history.
On the all-time lists at Nebraska, Jackson is fifth in shots (264) and shots on goal (132) as well as tied for eighth in points (99) and 10th in game-winning goals (9) all-time at NU.
Back on Oct. 11 at Purdue, Jackson’s five-point output marked the fifth time Jackson has amassed five points in a single match during her career. The Overland Park, Kan. native recorded three assists in the 4-0 road victory for the second time in her career at Nebraska and is the fifth Husker to have three second-half helpers. The three-time all-conference honoree is the 17th Husker to earn at least three assists in one match.
Leading at the Break?
Nebraska is 208-5-5 all-time when leading at the half. In 34 all-time Big Ten Conference games, the Huskers have led at the half just 13 times, but are 10-0 this year in the conference holding halftime leads.
The Huskers only trailed for a total of 65:13 in 11 regular-season conference matches this season as NU trailed in just two matches during Big Ten play. In 1,731:41 of action this season, Nebraska trailed for just 249:03.
2013 Big Ten Champions
“Big Ten Champs!” - A preseason goal that evolved into a rallying cry for the Nebraska soccer team became a reality on Friday as the Huskers claimed its first 2013 Big Ten Conference title, their first regular-season championship since 2000.
The preseason Big Ten coaches poll put Nebraska at No. 9 but the players had different plans. At the start of spring camp, the goal was to win the league as they ended each practice with the phrase “Big Ten Champs!” On Friday, the Huskers accomplished their goal with a 3-1 Senior Day victory followed by a trophy celebration on Nov. 1 over Indiana.
Goals from Mayme Conroy, Jaycie Johnson and goalkeeper Emma Stevens gave NU a historic victory on a wet and windy day in Lincoln.
The Huskers finished with a 10-1 Big Ten record, the most league wins for NU since 1999 en route to its fourth regular-season title in program history. Nebraska won regular season titles in 1996, 1999 and 2000, while taking home tournament titles in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
Nebraska soccer jumped up eight spots to No. 10 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire Women’s Division I poll released on Tuesday. This marks the team’s seventh consecutive week in the Top 25 and highest ranking since early September 2002.
Longest Nebraska Win Streaks
23 - 1996
15 - 2000
14 - 1999
13 - 1997