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Huskers Continue Exhibition Play at Arkansas

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska (0-0) at Arkansas (0-0)
Thursday, Aug. 15 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Razorback Field
Fayetteville, Ark.

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The Nebraska soccer team hits the road this week to face 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Arkansas in an exhibition match on Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT).

The game, to be played at Razorback Field in Fayetteville, Ark., will be NU’s final tune-up before the regular-season opener next week.

Last Time Out
The Huskers controlled from start to finish in its 4-0 exhibition victory over Omaha in front of 1,028 fans at Hibner Stadium on Saturday night. Dakota Chan, Sinclaire Miramontez, Savanah Uveges and Adriana Maldonado each scored goals for the Big Red.

Next Up
The Huskers open the regular season next week when they travel to Lawrence, Kan., to face former conference foe Kansas on Thursday, Aug. 22. The Jayhawks qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season and made it to the second round.

Kicking Off

• Senior defender Sinclaire Miramontez earned a spot on the 2019 Women’s MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, announced by the United Soccer Coaches on Aug. 1. Miramontez is one of 57 student-athletes named to the watch list. The award honors the national player of the year as selected by the United Soccer Coaches.

• Nebraska continues its tradition of playing a strong schedule in 2019. This year’s slate features games against 10 NCAA Tournament qualifiers from last season, including four that advanced to the Sweet 16 and two that reached the Elite Eight.

• Each of the first five games of the regular season are against 2018 NCAA Tournament participants. During Big Ten play, five of Nebraska’s 11 conference opponents qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.

• Four of Nebraska’s 2019 opponents earned spots in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Aug. 6. The teams are USC (5), Penn State (6), Baylor (14) and Wisconsin (16).

• The Huskers have nine regular-season home games scheduled for their fifth season at Barbara Hibner Stadium in 2019. During each of the first four years at Hibner Stadium, the Huskers averaged more than 1,000 fans per home game. NU has ranked in the top 25 nationally and in the top two of the Big Ten in average attendance during all four years at the venue.

• The Huskers took an international trip this summer when they visited Scotland from June 11-23. The team won each of its five games and also explored different parts of the country, including Stirling, Forfar, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

• Nebraska went 4-1 during the spring season with wins over Drake (4-0), Omaha (6-0), Minnesota (4-0) and Missouri (1-0) before falling in the spring finale to Colorado (1-0).

• Nebraska returns two All-Big Ten performers from last season, seniors Sinclaire Miramontez and Savanah Uveges. Miramontez is a two-time first-team all-conference selection despite spending the last four games of the 2018 season sidelined with an injury. Uveges, a third-team honoree in 2018, tied for the team high in points (20) last season and produced the second-most goals on the team (8).

Scouting the Arkansas Razorbacks

• Arkansas opened its exhibition slate on Friday, when the Razorbacks tied Kansas State, 3-3, in Manhattan, Kan.

• Arkansas is receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Aug. 6. The Razorbacks are the equivalent of the No. 29 spot in the rankings.

• Last season, Arkansas went 14-6-3 with a 6-3-1 record in SEC play to finish tied for third in the conference. The Razorbacks qualified for the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round.

• Nebraska leads the all-time series against Arkansas, 3-1-0, dating back to the first meeting between the schools in 1995. The most recent meeting was a 2-1 win for Arkansas in 2013. Last season, the two teams played an exhibition match in Lincoln. The Razorbacks won by a 3-1 margin.

• Arkansas begins its regular season next week at UNC Greensboro on Thursday, Aug. 22.

• Head Coach Colby Hale holds a career record of 82-57-16 as he enters his eighth season at Arkansas. He is assisted by Rob Donnenwirth and Sammy Scofield.

• Players to Watch

  • #12 Kayla McKeon (Senior MF): Shared the team high with nine goals last season and added seven assists
  • #14 Taylor Malham (Junior MF): Team-high nine assists last season to go along with six goals
  • #3 Tori Cannata (Senior F): Shared the team high with nine goals last season
  • #16 Anna Podojil (Freshman F): Scored two goals in last week’s exhibition draw against Kansas State

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