Huskers Hit the Road for Big Ten Play
Game 9 - Purdue (3-6-1, 0-1-0)
Series History - Nebraska Leads, 2-1-0
When - Friday, Sept. 23 (6 p.m.)
Where - Varsity Soccer Complex
Live Radio - PurdueSports.com
Live Stats - PurdueSports.com
Game 10 - Indiana
Series History - Nebraska Leads, 1-0-0
When - Sunday, Sept. 25 (Noon)
Where - Armstrong Stadium
Live Stream - BTN.com
Live Stats - IUHoosiers.cstv.com
Lincoln - After winning the first ever Big Ten Conference game for the University of Nebraska with a 3-1 victory of Northwestern at the Nebraska Soccer Field on Sunday, the Huskers take their 4-3-1 (1-0-0) record on the road for a pair of games with Purdue and Indiana.
The weekend starts on Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind., when the Boilermakers (3-6-1, 0-1-0) and Huskers meet at Varsity Soccer Complex for a 6 p.m. (CT) kickoff. The Huskers hold a 2-1-0 lead in the all-time series, with their lone loss, 2-1, coming in their only other visit to West Lafayette during the 2005 season. NU's pair of wins came at home in 2000 (4-1) and 2004 (3-0). PurdueSports.com will have both a live radio feed and live stats for the game.
The road swing will continue on Sunday when the Huskers head two hours south to Bloomington, Ind., for a Noon meeting with the Hoosiers at Armstrong Stadium. IU enters the week with a 4-4-1 (0-1-0) record on the year and will host Nebraska after a home game with Iowa on Friday. It will be a familiar trip for the Huskers as NU visited Bloomington last season and won the first-ever meeting between the two programs, 3-1. Sunday's game is scheduled to be shown live on BTN.com (subscription required) and live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.
- Purdue opened Big Ten play with a 2-1 loss at home to Michigan State.
- The Boilermakers are 2-4-1 at home this season with wins over Indiana State (4-0) and Colorado (1-0).
- Eight different players have scored a goal for Purdue this year, including Alex Hairston, who leads the team with four goals.
- Indiana opens the week with a 4-4-1 overall record and a 0-1-0 Big Ten record after opening with a 1-0 loss to Michigan at home.
- Orianica Velasquez leads the team with five goals, while Lisa Nouanesenqsy and Carly Samp each have four goals.
- The Hoosiers have played eight of the nine games in the state of Indiana. Lone out-of-state game was a 2-1 loss to USF in Tampa.
Need to Snap the Streak
Since starting conference play as a member of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the Huskers hold a 9-6-0 record in conference road openers, with four of the losses coming over the past four seasons. The Huskers last conference-opening road win came in 2006 with a 2-0 win at Missouri.
Movin' On Up
Morgan Marlborough continues to climb up the Nebraska career goals chart and is now sits third with 51 career goals. The junior started the season in seventh place and has passed two-time All-American Brittany Timko (41), 1996 All-American Kari Uppinghouse (42), 2000 All-American Meghan Anderson (48) and 1996 All-American Lindsay Eddleman (50). Next up is Kim Engesser, who holds the No. 2 spot with 53 goals.
Christine Latham (1999-2002) holds the school record with 69 career goals.
The Nebraska soccer team played a tough non-conference schedule to get itself ready for its first season in the Big Ten Conference.
Three of the Huskers' seven non-conference opponents are currently ranked or receiving votes the in NSCAA national poll.
Nebraska opened the season with a 2-1 loss to No. 3 North Carolina, who is now No. 5 in the country.
The Huskers earned their first win over a ranked team with a 4-3 double-overtime victory over No. 25 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, who is now receiving votes. NU nearly added another win two days later against No. 18 Wake Forest, who is now ranked seventh nationally, but lost by a score of 2-1 in overtime.
NU vs. B1G
Historically, the Huskers hold a 17-5-2 record against teams from the Big Ten Conference, including their win over Northwestern on Sunday. NU has 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.
Junior Morgan Marlborough enters the week with an NCAA-leading goals-per game average of 1.50. Marlborough has scored 12 goals in eight games, with all 12 coming in the past six games, including a pair of hat tricks.
Marlborough's six-game scoring streak is tied for her career high, as she also scored in six straight as a freshman in 2009. The Lee's Summit, Mo., native also ranks second nationally in points per game with 3.38.
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.
Following her fourth career hat trick on Sunday in a 3-1 win over Northwestern, Morgan Marlborough is now tied with Brittany Timko for the second most hat tricks in NU history. Kim Engesser holds the school record with five hat tricks. The three Huskers have combined for 13 of the NU's 29 all-time hat tricks.