Nebraska opens the weekend with a 7 p.m. game at Baylor on Friday night
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Face Road Tests at Baylor and Cincinnati

By NU Athletic Communications

Game 5 - at Baylor
Series History -
NU leads, 12-6-2
When -
 Friday, Aug. 31 (7 p.m.)
Where -
Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field
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Game 6 - at Cincinnati
Series History -
First Meeting
When -
 Sunday, Sept. 2 (Noon)
Where -
Gettler Stadium
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Lincoln - After hosting the Husker Classic last weekend and going 1-1, including a win over New Mexico and an overtime loss to then No. 16 Virginia Tech, the Nebraska soccer team hits the road for its final two road non-conference games of the season.

The Huskers start the weekend on Friday night in Waco, Texas, with a 7 p.m. game against the Baylor Bears at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. The Bears are 3-1-0 on the year and received votes in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire top-25 poll. Nebraska holds a 12-6-2 lead in the all-time series with Baylor. Last season's meeting in Lincoln was a defensive struggle, as it ended in a 0-0 tie following two overtime periods.

There will not be a video stream of the game, but will provide both a live audio stream and live stats of the game.

Nebraska then heads to Cincinnati, Ohio, to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats at Noon on Sunday at Geggler Stadium. It will mark the first ever meeting between the two programs.

Entering the weekend, the Bearcats are 2-0-1 on the year with wins over North Carolina State and Northeastern, after opening the season with a tie at Elon. Cincinnati plays its fourth game of the season on Friday night when it hosts Eastern Kentucky. will provide a live video stream of the game (subscription required) and live stats.

Young Fire Power
All five of NU's goals this season have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.

Sophomore Mayme Conroy leads the team with two goals, while sophomore Hannah Dittmar, freshman Katie Kraeutner and freshman Jaylyn Odermann have each scored one goal.

Tough Road Ahead
In the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire top-25 rankings two Big Ten teams were ranked, including No. 8 Penn State and No. 14 Wisconsin. Three teams were also receiving votes, including Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

Romero Still in Japan
Junior Ari Romero and the Mexican Under-20 National Team has advanced past the group stage at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, as Mexico is one of eight countries that has advanced to quarter finals, which start on Thursday, Aug. 28. It marks the second straight U-20 World Cup that they have advanced to the quarter finals.

Mexico will face Nigeria on Thursday at 2 a.m. (CT) in Tokyo and will play at National Stadium. With a win, Mexico will take on the winner of Friday's game between Team USA and North Korea on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The four teams on the other side of the bracket include, Germany, Norway, Japan and South Korea.

In three games during group play, Romero started each game and played all 270 minutes of the three contests. She also leads the Mexicans in assists with two.

After Mexico dropped its first game during group play against Japan on Aug. 19, it responded with a pair of shutout wins over Switzerland (2-0) and New Zealand (4-0) to earn a spot in the quarter finals.

Mexico failed to survive the group phase in 2002 (Canada), 2006 (Russia) and 2008 (Chile), before winning its group at the 2010 World Cup in Germany, but lost in the quarter-final stage to Korea Republic.

Mexico earned a trip to the tournament by placing third at CONCACAF qualifying this past March, as a 5-0 win over host nation Panama secured the bid. Mexico has taken part in four of the last five FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournaments, but have never advanced past the quarter-final stage.

If Mexico advances past the quarter-final stage, the semi-final stage starts on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and the finals are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9.

Charting Saves
Junior goalie Emma Stevens entered the 2012 season ranked eighth on the Huskers all-time saves list with 100 saves.

The Corona, Calif., native enters the weekend tied with Jessica Mills (2007-09) for sixth on the list with 124 saves.

Rebecca Hornbacher (1996-97) sits in fifth place with 141 saves.


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