Huskers Open Big Ten Tourney at Ohio State
#6 seed Nebraska (9-6-4, 5-3-3 Big Ten) at #3 seed Ohio State (9-5-3, 6-2-3 Big Ten)
Sunday, Oct. 28 • 1 p.m. (CT)
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium
The Nebraska soccer team (9-6-4, 5-3-3 Big Ten) begins the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, when the Huskers face Ohio State (9-5-3, 6-2-3 Big Ten) on the Big Ten Network. Kickoff from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is set for 1 p.m. (CT).
The Huskers earned the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament, while the Buckeyes represent the No. 3 seed. BTN’s Mike Monaco and Jackie Manny will call the action for the quarterfinal match between the two teams.
In addition to watching on television, fans can also stream the game online via BTN2Go by logging in with their cable subscription information. Live updates will be tweeted throughout the game from the @NebraskaSoccer account.
Last Time Out
The Huskers concluded their regular season with a 2-0 win over Michigan State on Wednesday at Hibner Stadium.
The Big Ten Semifinals (Friday, Nov. 2) and Big Ten Final (Sunday, Nov. 4) will be played at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5.
Nebraska Conference Tournament Notes
• Nebraska finished Big Ten play with a 5-3-3 record, matching its conference record from 2016 and the second-most Big Ten wins in a season since joining the conference in 2011. NU won the Big Ten regular-season title in 2013 when the Huskers went 10-1 in conference play.
• Nebraska tied for fifth in the Big Ten standings with 18 points, sharing the spot with Illinois. The Fighting Illini earned the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament due to Tiebreaker-1 (head-to-head result). NU’s tie-for-fifth marks its second-best finish in the Big Ten standings since joining the conference in 2011, behind only the 2013 team that won the regular-season crown.
• Nebraska is making its fourth appearance in the Big Ten Tournament since joining the conference in 2011. The 2012, 2013 and 2016 teams qualified for the conference tournament. NU is 3-2 in Big Ten Tournament games, winning the title in 2013 to go along with first-round exits in 2012 and 2016.
• Nebraska is making its 18th overall appearance in a conference tournament since 1996, when the Huskers played their first season as a member of the Big 12. NU didn’t have a conference affiliation in its first two years as a program in 1994 and 1995.
• Nebraska is 21-11 in conference tournament games, winning six titles. The Huskers won the Big 12 Tournament crown in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002, while taking home the Big Ten title in 2013.
- Nebraska is ranked 44th in the latest RPI, released by the NCAA on Monday. The Huskers have the fifth-best ranking by a Big Ten team, behind No. 28 Rutgers, No. 29 Penn State, No. 34 Wisconsin and No. 35 Ohio State.
- Junior Brenna Ochoa led the Big Ten with eight assists during the regular season, averaging 0.42 assists per game, second-most in the conference.
- Junior Aubrei Corder ranks fifth nationally in goalkeeper minutes played (1770:44). St. Bonaventure’s Lauren Malcolm leads all goalkeepers across the nation at 1829:40.
Big Ten Tournament at a Glance
- All four quarterfinal matches of the Big Ten Tournament will be played on Sunday at the campus sites of the top four seeds.
- Big Ten regular-season champion and No. 1 seed Penn State hosts eighth-seeded Michigan on Sunday at noon (CT) on BTN Plus.
- No. 2 seed Rutgers faces No. 7 seed Minnesota in Piscataway, N.J., on Sunday at noon (CT) on BTN Plus.
- No. 4 seed Wisconsin hosts fifth-seeded Illinois on Sunday at noon (CT) on BTN Plus.
- The winners of each game will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. The start times for the semifinal matches are 10 a.m. (CT) and 12:30 p.m. (CT). Both games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
- The championship game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 4, starting at 11 a.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Carter, Uveges Leading Husker Offense
- Seniors Faith Carter and Savanah Uveges are among the leaders on the team and in the Big Ten in offensive production this season. They have each scored 20 points (two points for a goal, one point for an assist) this season, which ranks tied for fifth in the conference.
- Carter leads the Huskers with nine goals, which ranks third in the Big Ten behind Minnesota’s April Bockin (10) and Rutgers’ Amirah Ali (10).
- In the last 13 games, Carter has scored eight goals.
- Uveges has eight goals, which ranks second on the team and tied for fourth in the conference.
- Uveges has scored at least one point in 11 of Nebraska’s 19 games this season.
Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
- Ohio State, who is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, holds a 9-5-3 record this season and finished Big Ten play with a 6-2-3 mark to tie for third.
- The Buckeyes enter Sunday’s match on a five-match unbeaten streak, which includes three wins and two ties.
- The all-time series between Nebraska and Ohio State is tied at 4-4-1. The two teams met earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 30 when they played to a 1-1 draw.
- NU and OSU have played each other in the Big Ten Tournament on one previous occasion. The Buckeyes won by a 1-0 margin over the Huskers on Oct. 31, 2012 in Bloomington, Ind.
- Head Coach Lori Walker-Hock is 250-165-44 in her 22nd season at Ohio State. She holds a career record of 263-188-45 in her 24th year overall. She is assisted by Brian Jankowski, Michael Needham and Cassie Dickerson.
- Players to Watch
» No. 2 Kayla Fischer (Freshman Forward): Has four goals and one assist this season
» No. 9 Izzy Rodriguez (Sophomore Defender): Has four goals and two assists for a team-high 10 points this season
» No. 1 Devon Kerr (Senior Goalkeeper): Ranks third in the Big Ten in shutouts (7) and saves (64) this season
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 10 home games this season, Nebraska has welcomed an average of 1,029 fans per home contest, which ranks 23rd in the nation and second in the Big Ten (as of Oct. 25).
- 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.