West Lafayette, Ind. - Junior Morgan
Marlborough's second straight hat trick led the Nebraska soccer team to its
first Big Ten Conference road win on Friday night with a 3-0 victory over
Purdue. Marlborough, who now has three hat tricks on the season, is the first
player in NU history to notch a hat trick in back-to-back games, while she also
tied Kim Engesser (1998) for the most hat tricks in one season.
Coach John Walker's Huskers are now 2-0-0 in conference play and join Wisconsin
as the only undefeated teams in league play following Friday's games. After
failing to get a win in their first three games of the season, the Huskers have
won five of their last six contests to improve their record to 5-3-1.
Huskers were firing on all cylinders both offensively and defensively, as their
18 shots doubled the Boilermakers' nine attempts and NU goalie Emma Stevens
produced her second shutout of the season. The best of Stevens' six saves came
in the first half with a diving stop on Alexic Tryba's shot on the left side of
got Nebraska on the board at 16:38 on an assist from senior Molly Thomas.
Marlborough got the ball from Thomas and then made a spin move in the box
before firing at the right post from 10 yards out. The Boilermakers would hold
off the rest of the Husker attacks in the half and would head to the break trailing
Huskers grew their lead to 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the second half when
Maritza Hayes notched her second assist of the season. Hayes intercepted the
ball and got it to Marlborough in the box for her 14th goal of 2011.
Thomas and Marlborough connected once more at 82:53 to seal the victory. Thomas
put up a shot that was deflected by Purdue goalie Yana Lyon, but Lyon couldn't
secure the ball and Marlborough was there for the pointblank shot.
Huskers will now look for a weekend sweep when they visit the Indiana Hoosiers
on Sunday at Noon (CT). The Hoosiers enter the game with a 4-5-1 overall record
and a 0-2-0 record in Big Ten play after dropping its meeting with Iowa on
Friday night. Sunday's game will be streamed live on BTN.com and live results
will be available at IUHoosiers.cstv.com