Caroline Gray and the Huskers host Michigan State and Michigan this weekend
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Welcome Michigan Schools

By NU Athletic Communications

Game 11 - Michigan State (9-2-0, 2-1-0)
Series History -
First Meeting
- Friday, Sept. 30 (4:30 p.m.)
- Nebraska Soccer Field
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Live Radio - (Free)
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Game 12 - Michigan (6-3-2, 1-1-1)
Series History -
Tied, 1-1-1
- Sunday, Oct. 2 (1 p.m.)
- Nebraska Soccer Field
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Live Radio - (Free)
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Lincoln - Following a split last weekend with Purdue and Indiana on the road, the Nebraska soccer team (5-4-1, 2-1-0 Big Ten) will be back in Lincoln on Friday and Sunday for a pair of games with Michigan State and Michigan.

The Huskers started conference play with a pair of wins over Northwestern and Purdue, before dropping their first league game to Indiana. The loss to the Hoosiers marked the first time in eight games that junior Morgan Marlborough was held without a goal.

Friday's game with the Spartans will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. MSU was on an eight-game winning streak before its 2-1 loss to Wisconsin in East Lansing this past Friday. The Spartans got back on the winning track with a 3-0 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Friday's game in Lincoln is set for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

The Huskers and Wolverines will each have a chance to break the tie in the series history between the two programs on Sunday when they meet at 1 p.m., as the series record is even at 1-1-1. The two teams last met at a tournament in Wisconsin during the 2003 season, which resulted in a double-overtime 1-1 tie.

Both games will be streamed live on (premium), while free live radio and live stats will also be available on

Scouting Michigan State
- The Spartans are 9-2-0 on the season, including a 2-1-0 record in Big Ten play.

- MSU won it's only conference road game of the season by a score of 2-1 over Purdue.

- Senior Laura Heyboer ranks second nationally in both goals per game (1.27) and points per game (3.09) to the Huskers' Morgan Marlborough.

- MSU won eight straight games from Aug. 26 - Sept. 18, as they outscored their opponents by a total of 22-5, including five shutouts.

- Head Coach Tom Saxton has coached his entire career at Michigan State and is in his 21st season as the leader of the Spartans.

- In 2010, MSU finished the season ranked 7th in the Big Ten with a 3-4-3 record and an overall record of 9-6-4.

Scouting Michigan
- The Wolverines enter the week with a 6-3-2 overall record and a 1-1-1 Big Ten record. UM will visit Iowa on Friday before traveling to Nebraska for Sunday's game.

- Michigan has the third most NCAA Tournament appearances of any program in Big Ten Conference with 10, including trips in the past two seasons.

- Michigan holds the second best winning percentage at the Big Ten Tournament at .603, but hasn't won a Big Ten Tournament title since 1999.

- Goalie Haley Kopmeyere has posted five shutouts this season and leads the Big Ten with a .872 save percentage.

- No Wolverine player has more than five goals. Clare Stachel leads the team in goals with five, while Nkem Ezurike leads the team in scoring with 13 points (four goals, five assists).

Lots of Scoring
Fans will have the opportunity to see two of the top offensive players in the country on Friday in Nebraska junior Morgan Marlborough and Michigan State senior Laura Heyboer, who is the only active three-time All-American in the country.

Marlborough leads the country in both goals per game (1.5) and points per game (3.40), while Heyboer is second in both categories at 1.27 goals per game and 3.09 points per game.

Marlborough has notched three hat tricks on the year, including two in Big Ten play, while Heyboer has totaled two hat tricks.

Streak Snapped
The Nebraska soccer team had lost its last four conference road openers heading into its game with Purdue on Friday, Sept. 23, but the Huskers put an end to the losing streak with a 3-0 win behind a hat trick from junior Morgan Marlborough. NU is now 10-6-0 in conference road openers.

NU vs. B1G
Historically, the Huskers hold a 18-6-2 record against teams from the Big Ten Conference, including their win and loss from this past weekend. 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) and Wisconsin (2-0-1). The only team to hold an advantage over the Huskers is Illinois, who has won both games between the two programs. The Huskers have also split their three meetings with Michigan, 1-1-1.

Movin' On Up
Morgan Marlborough continues to climb up the Nebraska career goals chart and is now sits second with 54 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), 1996 All-American Lindsay Eddleman (50) and 1998 All-Americans Kim Engesser (53).

Christine Latham (1999-2002) holds the school record with 69 career goals. 

One More to Go
With one more hat trick this season, Morgan Marlborough will break a pair of school records that are held by Kim Engesser. Marlborough is currently tied with Engesser for both hat tricks in a season (3) and career hat tricks (5).

Keeping the Lead
The Huskers are a perfect 4-0 this season when going into halftime with the lead. Nebraska has just one win this year when they are either tied (1-3-0) or trailing (0-1-1) when heading into halftime.


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