Nebraska Welcomes No. 14 Denver Sunday
No. 14 Denver vs. Nebraska
Date: Sept. 22
Time: 1 p.m. Central
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Field: Nebraska Soccer Field
Live Stats: Huskers.com
Video: Big Ten Digital Network (subscription)
The Nebraska soccer team is riding high on a three-game win streak and will welcome the undefeated No. 14 Denver Pioneers to Lincoln for its final non-conference battle of the year this Sunday at 1 p.m. The match is the Pepsi Pack the House contest where fans will receive $1.00 general admission as well as $1.00 Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and Diet Pepsi.
Sunday’s matchup with Denver will be the third meeting on the pitch between the two programs, with the series tied up at 1-1. DU earned a 3-2 decision in 2011 in Colorado, while the Huskers won 2-0 back in 1999 at home.
Fans unable to make the trip to Lincoln for the match will be able follow live stats on Huskers.com and watch the contest on the Big Ten Digital Network with a subscription.
Scouting No. 14 Denver
The Pioneers, who return 17 letterwinners and seven starters from last year, are off to a perfect 7-0-1 start in 2013 after finishing last season with a 17-3-4 overall mark on its way to a Sweet 16 appearance. Denver currently possesses a three-game shutout streak prior to a 1-1 draw with TCU on Friday and have allowed just four goals in eight matches, including five shutouts.
The Pioneers are led by the programs all-time leading goal scorer senior Kristen Hamilton who boasts a team-high six goals along with five assists on the year. Hamilton is one-of-ten active players to have at least 30 goals and 20 assists in her career. DU has outshot the opposition by a 147-98 margin on its way to a 17-4 goal advantage on the young season.
Huskers on a Roll
NU is currently 5-2-1 on the season after a 1-0 shutout of Michigan State in Thursday’s nationally-televised Big Ten Conference opener, giving the Huskers momentum heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Pioneers. Freshman Jaycie Johnson has posted game-winning goals in her last two matches and has scored in her previous three contests. Johnson’s sixth goal of the season leads the team as she is averaging a shade over 60 minutes per contest.
Nebraska picked up shutout victories in two of its last three matches, allowing just one goal during that time. Senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens has a current shutout streak of 178:13 and is just 26:27 shy of her career best. Stevens moved up to second all-time in saves (207) at Nebraska on Thursday, just 32 shy of Erin Miller (239) for the all-time mark.
The last two regulation goals the NU defense has given up have occurred in the first three minutes of action. The Huskers have held its previous three opponents to three shots on goal each on the way to a three-game win streak.
The Huskers have outshot the opposition by a 51-31 margin throughout the previous three matches en route to a three-game win streak. NU is also a perfect 3-0 this season playing on home turf at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
- The Huskers have scored 11 of its 17 goals this season in the second half
- Nebraska is outscoring its opponents 7-0 at home in the second half in 2013
- Freshman Jaycie Johnson has scored a goal in each of her first three home games
- Four of Nebraska’s eight matches this season have featured a goal within the first three minutes
- Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten with 20.88 shots per game
- Jaycie Johnson is tied for the freshman goal lead in the Big Ten with six
The Jackson Files
Senior Jordan Jackson currently leads the Big Ten with 41 shot attempts and 5.12 shots per game. Jackson is also running up the all-time lists coming in at sixth in shots (231) and seventh in shots on goal (116), including 10th place in all-time goals with 28. With her next goal, she will tie for ninth with Kelly Rheem (29) and is right behind Nikki Baker in eighth (30).
Stevens Second in Saves
On Thursday, NU senior goalkeeper Emma Stevens moved to second all-time in career saves with 207, surpassing Karina LeBlanc. Stevens is now 32 shy of Erin Miller for the all-time Nebraska saves record.
Stevens has also been moving up the ranks in her fourth season as the Nebraska goalkeeper in a number of other categories. Stevens ranks second in career games played in net (56), starts in goal (53) minutes played (4,778) and fourth in wins (23).