Lincoln - The
Nebraska soccer team (6-8-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten) will host its final two home games
of the 2011 season this week when Iowa and No. 25 Illinois visit the Nebraska
Soccer Field. The Hawkeyes will make the trip to Lincoln on Thursday, Oct. 20,
for a 4 p.m. kickoff, while the Fighting Illini and Huskers will square off on
Sunday, Oct. 23, for Senior Day at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on
BTN.com (premium account needed) and live stats will be available on
The Huskers are coming off a weekend road split at Penn
State and Ohio State. NU dropped a tough 5-4 decision to the No. 15 Nittany
Lions, on Friday, but then bounced back with a 3-2 win over the Buckeyes on
Sunday. With three games left on the regular-season schedule, the Huskers still
have a shot at making the Big Ten Tournament.
Iowa, who is receiving votes in the latest NSCAA poll,
enters Thursday's game with an 11-3-2 overall record, but is just 3-3-2 in
conference games. The Hawkeyes haven't won or lost consecutive games during Big
Ten play and are coming off a 4-0 loss at Penn State. On the road during
conference play Iowa is 2-1-1, with wins over Indiana (1-0) and Ohio State
(1-0), while they tied Purdue (1-1) and lost to Penn State (4-0).
The No. 25 Fighting Illini enter the week as one of the
hottest teams in the conference. After starting Big Ten play with a 2-2 tie to
Iowa and then consecutive losses to Ohio State and Penn State, Illinois as
reeled off five consecutive wins to hold the No. 2 spot in the conference
standings behind Penn State. The Fighting Illini will be looking for their
sixth straight win on Thursday when they travel to Northwestern, before making
the their trip to Lincoln.
- Ohio State holds a 78-78-13 all-time record in Big Ten
- The Buckeyes are 87-63-6 all-time in matches played in
October; under Lori Walker, they are 70-46-6 in October.
- OSU has lost two of its last three games entering the
weekend, but has not lost at home since Sept. 14.
- Tiffany Cameron leads the team in goals with five. Six
other players have scored two goals each.
- The Buckeyes are 7-1-0 this season when they take more
corner kicks then their opposition.
- The Hawkeyes enter Thursday's game with a 3-3-2 Big Ten
record and are tied for No. 6 spot in the conference standings.
- Iowa has not lost or won consecutive games during Big
Ten play and are coming off a loss to Penn State. In its three losses, Iowa has
been outscored 7-1.
- Cloe Lacasse leads the team with 10 goals. She is the
only Hawkeye with more than five goals.
- Goalie Emily Moran is allowing less than one goal per
game at 0.74 and have four shutouts on the season.
Streaks on the Line
Nebraska has never lost to Iowa and will look to improve
its all-time record to 4-0-0 on Thursday with a win over the Hawkeyes.
Not only will the Hawkeyes be looking for their first win
ever over the Huskers, but they will also be trying to not lose two straight
games for the first time in 2011 after falling 4-0 to Penn State last Sunday.
The Nebraska soccer team enters the week ranked 10th in
the Big Ten Conference and has three games left to get to seventh place by the
end of the season to guarantee a bid to the conference tournament. Only eight
teams are invited to the tournament and the host school, Northwestern, receives
an automatic bid. The Wildcats currently sit 12th in the standings with a 1-6-1
record, which means the Huskers need to climb into one of the top-seven spots
to secure a bid to the postseason.
The Huskers are just two points behind both Minnesota and
Iowa, who share the No. 6 spot. NU's final three games are all against teams
who are ranked ahead of them in the conference standings.
Movin' On Up
Morgan Marlborough continues to climb up the Nebraska
career goals chart and is now sits second with 57 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.
NU vs. B1G
Historically, the Huskers hold a 19-10-2 record against
teams from the Big Ten Conference. NU has played at least one game against
every team in the conference.
Nebraska is undefeated against Minnesota (5-0-0), Iowa
Doing Her Part
Since Big Ten play started, Morgan Marlborough ranks
first in goals (1.12) and second in points (2.50) per game. Marlborough is one
of three players to average at least one goal per games, as Penn State's Maya
Hayes and Michigan's Nkem Ezurike each average 1.00 goals per game.
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 two wins this year when they are tied
(2-4-0) and no wins when trailing (0-4-1) into halftime.
Morgan Marlborough has earned Big Ten Offensive Player of
the Week twice this season. Both honors have come after she posted a hat trick
and in the month of September.
Putting up Points
The Nebraska offense ranks second in the
conference in shots (16.75), points (5.75), goals (1.88) and assists (2.00)
during Big Ten play. Penn State leads every category, except for shots, where
Illinois holds the lead with 17.25 per game.