Game 18 - Minnesota
Series History - NU leads, 5-0-0
When - Friday, Oct. 28 (7 p.m. CT)
Where - Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Live Video - GopherSports.com (Premium)
Live Radio - None
Live Stats - Huskers.com
Lincoln - The Nebraska soccer team (7-9-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) will finish the 2011 regular season on Friday with a must-win 7 p.m. road game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-9-2, 4-4-2) at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. To have a shot at earning a bid to the Big Ten Tournament, the Huskers must beat the Gophers and then get some help from other teams in the league. Along with a win, NU will need a pair of losses from Purdue, Michigan, Iowa or Ohio State. Fans will be able to watch the game live on BTN.com, but a subscription is needed.
The Huskers are coming off a 1-1 week with a win over Iowa and a loss to Illinois, who is ranked No. 20 in the latest NSCAA poll. Nebraska and Iowa played to a 0-0 tie in regulation, but the Hawkeyes couldn't keep All-American Morgan Marlborough quiet anymore, as the junior connect on a goal from Stacy Bartels in the first overtime to win the game. The Huskers were unable to keep the momentum on Sunday against Illinois, as the Fighting Illini left Lincoln with a 3-1 victory.
Minnesota is also coming off a 1-1 weekend after beating Indiana (3-1) on Friday, before dropping a 2-1 decision to Purdue. The Golden Gophers are 3-3-0 in their last six games and are 1-2-1 at home during Big Ten play. A win on Friday guarantees the Gophers a bid to the Big Ten Tournament, but they have a shot at still qualifying with a tie or loss.
Penn State, who has already clinched the regular-season title, along with Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Northwestern have already secured trips to Evanston, Ill., for the conference tournament. Northwestern will finish the regular season in 12th place, but the Wildcats earned an automatic bid to the tournament as the host school.
Scouting the Golden Gophers
- The Golden Gophers are just 2-4-1 at home this season, including a 1-2-1 record during conference play. UM's only two home wins this year are over South Dakota State (5-0) and Indiana (3-1).
- Taylor Uhl leads the team in goals with 10, while no other player has scored more than three goals on the year. Uhl (23) and Nicole Baier (10) are the only players with double-digit points on the season.
- The highest the Gophers are ranked in any statistics category among Big Ten teams is sixth. The Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers are tied for sixth in corner kicks with 95 each .
- Goalie Cat Parkhill ranks eighth in the Big Ten with a 1.21 goals against average. Her save percentage of .773 ranks fifth in the league.
- Minnesota has scored 23 goals on the season, with 10 coming in the first half of games and 13 in the second half.
- Minnesota has outscored their opponents on the year by one goal, 23-22.
- Minnesota averages 14.8 shots per game, while the Huskers average 17.6.
Nebraska has never lost to Minnesota and will look to improve its all-time record to 6-0-0 on Friday with a win over the Gophers. The two teams last met in Lincoln during the 2005 season, as NU won 3-1. The Huskers and Gophers have played just once in Minneapolis, with NU winning 4-0 in 2000.
The Huskers had two players named to the latest national top-100 list by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
On the preseason list, Morgan Marlborough was picked No. 26 and has now moved up to No. 19 on the list. Marlborough is joined on by fellow junior Jordan Jackson at No. 84 spot. Jackson was not named on the preseason list.
Overall, the Big Ten conference has 10 players named and is led by Penn State's Christine Nairn, who is ranked 11th. Marlborough is the third-highest ranked Big Ten player following Nairn and Michigan State's Laura Heyboer, who is ranked 13th.
Movin' On Up
Morgan Marlborough continues to climb up the Nebraska career goals chart and is now sits second with 59 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 20-11-2 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 (4-0-0).
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.
Doing Her Part
Since Big Ten play started, Morgan Marlborough ranks both second in goals (1.10) and in points (2.40) per game. Marlborough and conference leader Maya Hayes of Penn State are the players to average at least one goal per games, as Hayes leads the way with 1.20 goals per game.
Keeping the Lead
The Huskers are a perfect 4-0 this season when going into halftime with the lead. Nebraska has three wins this year when they are tied (3-4-0) and no wins when trailing (0-5-1) into halftime.
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).
Putting up Points
During Big Ten play, the Nebraska offense ranks first in the conference in shots (17.60), third in points (5.20), third in goals (1.70) and second in assists (1.80) per game during Big Ten play. Penn State ranks fifth in shots per game and leads every other category.