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The Huskers open the conference season on Sunday with Northwestern
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 09/13/2011
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Huskers Open Big Ten Schedule

Opponent - Northwestern (0-6-0, 0,0,0)
Series History -
Nebraska Leads, 2-1-0
When
- Sunday, Sept. 18 (Noon)
Where
- Nebraska Soccer Field
TV
- BigTenNetwork (Tape Delay - 3 p.m.)
Live Stream -
 BTN2Go.com
Live Stats -
Huskers.com

Lincoln - The Nebraska soccer team will make history on Sunday when it competes in the first ever Big Ten Conference game for the University of Nebraska. The Huskers are set to host Northwestern at the Nebraska Soccer Field, with kickoff set for 12:05 p.m. The game will be streamed live on BTN.com and will be shown on tape delay later on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

The Huskers are currently ranked ninth in the Big Ten Conference team standing with a (3-3-1, 0-0-0), while Northwestern (0-6-0, 0-0-0) is still in search of its first win on the year and is in 12th place. The Wildcats will host Loyola Chicago on Wednesday night before making the trip to Lincoln.

The Huskers are coming off a weekend split that saw them play a pair of overtime games at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational. Nebraska scored a big win on Friday night when it came back from a 3-1 second-half deficit to defeat No. 25 Virginia Tech by a score of 4-3 on a goal by Stacy Bartels in overtime.

Nebraska then met No. 18 Wake Forest on Sunday for the tournament title and played the Demon Deacons to a 1-1 tie through regulation. Wake Forest captured its sixth win of the year just over eight minutes into the first overtime on a goal from Rachel Nuzzolese.

Northwestern played just once this past weekend, as the team made the short trip to Illinois State. The two teams were tied at 1-1 through regulation and the first overtime period, but the Redbirds' Rachel Tejada found the back of the net at 103:07 to deny the Wildcats their first win of the season.

Scouting the Wildcats
- Entering the week, Northwestern is yet to win a game on the season and holds a record of 0-6-0.
- The Wildcats have been outscored by a combined score of 16-5 in their six games.
- Kate Allen leads the team in both goals (3) and points (6). She is also the only Wildcat with double-digit shots on the season, 14.
- Goalie Anna Cassell hold a GAA of 2.55 on the season and a save percentage of .652.
- Stephanie Foster is in her sixth season at Northwestern and holds a record of 40-52-12.

Tough Road
The Nebraska soccer team played a tough non-conference schedule to get itself ready for its first season in the Big Ten Conference.

Four of the Huskers' first seven opponents were ranked or receiving votes the in NSCAA national poll at game time.

Nebraska opened the season with a 2-1 loss to No. 3 North Carolina and then dropped a 3-2 decision on the road at Denver, which was receiving votes.

The Huskers earned their first win over a ranked team with a 4-3 double-overtime victory over No. 25 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. NU nearly added another win two days later against No. 18 Wake Forest, but lost by a score of 2-1 in overtime.

Starting Off Right
As a member of the Big 12 Conference from 1996 to 2010, the Huskers held a 15-1-0 record in conference openers, including a perfect 7-0-0 record when they opened the conference season at home.

The only time the Huskers opened the conference season with a loss was during the 2009 season, when NU lost to Colorado in Boulder by a score of 1-0.

NU vs. B1G
Historically, the Huskers hold a 16-5-2 record against teams from the Big Ten Conference and have played at least one game against every team in the conference except, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

Nebraska is undefeated against Minnesota (5-0-0), Iowa (3-0-0), Wisconsin (2-0-1) and Indiana (1-0-0). The only team to hold an advantage over the Husker is Illinois, who has won both games between the two programs. The Huskers have also split their three meetings with Michigan, 1-1-1.

The Huskers and Northwestern have met on three occasions, with Nebraska holding a 2-1-0 lead in the series. Nebraska won the first two meetings in 1995 (4-0) and 2007 (2-0), before the Wildcats won on their home field by a score of 4-3 during the 2008 season.

Going for Six
After not scoring a goal in Nebraska's first two games of the season, junior Morgan Marlborough has scored at least one goal in NU's last five games.

The streak is nearing a career high for Marlborough, as she scored at least one goal in six straight games as a freshman in 2009. During the run in '09, Marlborough scored 12 goals, including a school-record tying four goals against Akron on Sept. 13.

This season, Marlborough has scored nine goals, including her third career hat trick in a 8-1 win over Northern Arizona on Sept. 4.

First-Timers
Three Huskers scored the first goals of the career on Sunday, Sept. 4, in an 8-1 win over Northern Arizona.

Sophomore Bri Badje was the first of the trio to score when she put in a penalty kick at 79:56. Freshman Samantha Areman followed less than three minutes later on assists from Badje and fellow freshman Mayme Conroy. Sophomore Maddie Hanssler was the last to score when Conroy set her up for an open-net goal at 85:17.

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