Huskers Open Big Ten Play on the Road
Nebraska (4-3-1) at Rutgers (4-1-2)
Friday, Sept. 14 • 4 p.m. (CT)
Nebraska (4-3-1) at Maryland (2-3-3)
Sunday, Sept. 16 • Noon (CT)
College Park, Md.
The Nebraska soccer team (4-3-1) journeys East this weekend to begin Big Ten play at Rutgers (4-1-2) and Maryland (2-3-3), continuing its five-match road trip.
The Huskers and Scarlet Knights square off Friday at 4 p.m. (CT) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. On Sunday, NU visits Maryland at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., with kickoff set for noon (CT).
Both games will be streamed live on BTN Plus, with a paid subscription required to watch. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @NebraskaSoccer.
Last Time Out
The Huskers split their matches in North Carolina over the weekend. NU fell to 14th-ranked Duke on Thursday, 3-1, but knocked off No. 13 NC State by a 2-1 margin on Sunday. Nebraska handed the Wolfpack their first loss of the season and ended NC State’s 14-match home unbeaten streak.
The Huskers return home to host Indiana (Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:05 p.m.) and Purdue (Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:05 p.m.) at Hibner Stadium. The match against the Hoosiers will feature postgame fireworks, while the Purdue match is “Pack the House,” featuring $1 general admission tickets.
• Senior Savanah Uveges leads the Huskers in points (9). She shares the team high in goals (3) and assists (3). Uveges has scored at least one point in five on Nebraska’s eight games this season.
• Junior goalkeeper Aubrei Corder is five saves away from joining Nebraska’s top five career saves list. Corder has 148 career saves, while Katie Wright (2003-04) ranks fifth with 153 career saves.
• Eight different Huskers have scored at least one goal this season. As a team, Nebraska has scored 13 goals during the 2018 campaign.
Scouting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
- Rutgers is 4-1-2 this season, outscoring its opponents by a 16-6 margin overall. Last weekend, the Scarlet Knights lost to Monmouth before tying La Salle at home.
- The all-time series between Rutgers and Nebraska is tied, 0-0-3, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 2014.
- Head Coach Mike O’Neill is 64-18-18 in his fifth season at Rutgers. He is assisted by Meghan Ryan, Lubos Ancin and Rich Alberto.
- Players to Watch
» No. 17 Amirah Ali (Sophomore Forward): Team-high five goals with one assist
» No. 8 Nicole Whitley (Junior Midfielder): Two goals and a team-high five assists
» No. 1 Meagan McClelland (Freshman Goalkeeper): Has three shutouts and 15 saves as the starter for all seven games
Scouting the Maryland Terrapins
- Maryland is 2-3-3 this season following a pair of ties last weekend.
- Nebraska leads the all-time series, 3-0-0, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 2014. The previous three meetings all took place in Lincoln.
- Maryland hosts Iowa on Friday night before facing the Huskers.
- Head Coach Ray Leone is 12-26-7 in his third season at Maryland. He holds a career record of 294-178-52 in his 28th season overall. He is assisted by Yewande Balogun and Manya Puppione.
- Players to Watch
» No. 23 Jarena Harmon (Senior Forward): Team-high three goals
» No. 5 Hope Lewandowski (Sophomore Midfielder): One goal and two assists this season
» No. 0 Rachel Egyed (Senior Goalkeeper): Has two shutouts and 32 saves in seven appearances, and is the reigning Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week
Huskers Celebrating 25th Season in 2018
- The Nebraska soccer program is in its 25th year since the inaugural campaign in 1994. Head Coach John Walker has been at the helm of the team since its inception, guiding the Huskers to more than 300 all-time victories.
- Nebraska has made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in its first 24 seasons, including two trips to the Elite Eight and eight Sweet 16 berths.
- The Huskers have captured four conference regular-season titles and six conference tournament crowns. As a member of the Big 12, NU won the regular-season championship in 1996, 1999 and 2000, while winning the tournament title in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011 and two seasons later, swept the regular-season and tournament crowns.
Hibner Draws a Crowd
- The Huskers are in their fourth season playing at Barbara Hibner Stadium in 2018 after averaging more than 1,000 fans per game during each of their first three years at the venue.
- Through four home games this season, Nebraska has welcomed an average of 1,144 fans per home contest.
- In 2017, Nebraska averaged 1,064 fans per home contest to rank 21st nationally and second in the Big Ten. The total attendance during the season was 9,579.
- In 2016, NU averaged 1,182 fans per home game, which ranked 18th in the nation and second in the conference. The total attendance was 13,002, the second-highest season total in program history.
- During its inaugural season in 2015, Hibner Stadium drew an average of 1,381 fans per home match to lead the Big Ten and rank 13th in the country. It was the second-highest season average in program history. The total attendance during the season was 12,427.
Huskers Working Through Rigorous Schedule
- This season, Nebraska faces eight teams that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including three that reached the Elite Eight and one that advanced to the College Cup Semifinals.
- Duke made it to the College Cup Semifinals after winning the ACC regular-season title. Baylor and Penn State also made the Elite Eight. The Nittany Lions, who captured the 2017 Big Ten Tournament title, will be the opponent for NU’s lone scheduled TV appearance of the season as Big Ten Network will televise the match on Sept. 27.
- Washington State made the Sweet 16 last season, while NC State, Rutgers and Wisconsin each advanced to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
- Ohio State, who won the 2017 Big Ten regular-season crown, was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year.
- Five of Nebraska’s regular-season opponents are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Sept. 11. The teams are Duke (No. 13), Washington State (No. 16), NC State (No. 17), Penn State (No. 21) and Wisconsin (No. 22).