Honors and Awards
After leading the team in points, goals and assists en route to her second consecutive Big 12 Player-of-the-Year honor in 2005, senior Brittany Timko was at it again in her final season with the Huskers. Timko leads
The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native reached a number of plateaus on the year, including topping the 100-point mark for her career in Nebraska's 3-2 win over North Texas on Sept. 8. Timko produced the fourth hat trick of her career in the contest to pull within one hat trick of tying the program record of five hat tricks set by Kim Engesser.
An offensive specialist, Timko was involved with either a goal or an assist on 17 of
In her career at
With her 11 goals and seven assists in 2006, Timko finished her career with 41 goals and 42 assists. With 40 goals and 40 assists, Timko joined Meghan Anderson as the only players in NU history to accomplish the feat. They are also two of just 35 players in NCAA history to achieve the marks.
One of Timko's best performances of the season came in a two-game span against Baylor and Texas Tech on Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. Timko scored three goals and one assist in two games, including the game-tying goals against both teams as well as the game-winner against Texas Tech. She was also credited with the game-winning assist against Baylor on a corner kick that found
Timko led the team with 11 goals, 21 assists and 43 points in 2005. The 2004 Big 12 Player of the Year and third-team NSCAA All-American, Timko played every minute in 16 of the Huskers' 23 games. Her efforts earned her a repeat nod as the Big 12 Player of the Year, becoming only the second player in league history to win more than one Player-of-the-Year award.
Timko also repeated as a first-team All-Big 12 selection and a Big 12 All-Tournament selection. Her All-Tournament honor was the second of her career, with her first accolade coming in her freshman season of 2003. Timko missed the 2004 Big 12 Tournament while playing for
Timko recorded an assist to go along with three goals at Texas Tech on Oct. 30 in the Huskers' regular-season finale. The assist was her 18th of the season and broke Jenny Benson's school single-season record of 17, set in 1999. Timko notched two assists at the Big 12 Tournament to become the first player in league history to reach the 20-assist mark in a single season.
At the Big 12 Tournament, Timko made the all-tournament team by scoring one goal and adding two assists for four points in two games. Her assist against
In the NCAA Tournament, Timko scored the only goal in the Huskers' 1-0 first-round victory over Creighton, and added one assist as
When Timko did not contribute the game-winning assist in the Huskers' first six wins, she added the game-winning goal. Against UC Irvine on Sept. 18, Timko added the game-tying assist before scoring her third goal of the season for the game winner in the Huskers' 2-1 come-from-behind victory. Timko ranked second on the team with three game-winning goals in 2005 and notched either a game-winning assist or the game-winning goal in 11 of
In her final 10 games, Timko scored eight goals and notched 10 assists for a total of 26 points. In comparison, Timko tallied 17 points in her first 13 games before her tear during the most crucial stretch of the season, including postseason play.
Timko became the first Husker to lead the team in both goals and assists in the 11-year history of
Timko also led the team with 43 points to become the first Husker to record back-to-back seasons of 40 or more points since Christine Latham strung together three consecutive 40-point seasons from 2000 to 2002.
Timko led the team in shots and ranked in the top five in the Big 12 Conference in six categories, including shots (5th, 77), assists (1st, 18) and assists per game (1st, 0.95), points (2nd, 36), points per game (2nd, 1.89) and shots per game (5th, 4.05). Timko also ranked among the national leaders, coming in at No. 2 in the nation with 20 assists and a 0.95 assists-per-game average prior to the NCAA Tournament.
One of the most decorated players in program history, Timko ranks on the school top-10 list in seven different categories, including game-winning assists where she ranks first and hat tricks where she ranks second.
Timko also tied for a slew of single-game school records. Her nine points, seven first-half points, three first-half goals, one overtime goal, three first-half assists and three second-half assists are all tied for school records. She also ranks sixth on the single-season school chart with 43 points in 2004, 10th in goals scored (15) and tied for seventh in assists (13), in addition to setting the school record for single-season assists and game-winning assists in 2005.
A native of
Timko left the Huskers at the conclusion of the regular season to play for the Canadian Under-19 National Team. She finished the season ranked seventh on the NU single-season list for points, 10th in goals scored and tied for seventh in assists. Timko also broke the school record with six game-winning assists in 2004.
In NU's first two Big 12 Conference games, Timko scored Nebraska's lone goal in a 1-0 victory over ninth-ranked Kansas on Sept. 24 and scored all three goals in a 2:26 span in NU's 3-2 win over Iowa State on Sept. 26. In that game, Timko set an NU record for shortest span between goals by scoring back-to-back goals in just 16 seconds. Against Creighton earlier that week, she continued to excel, notching a goal and an assist in Nebraska's 3-2 come-from-behind victory. For her efforts that weekend, Timko was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and was named to Soccer America's National Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz's Elite Team of the Week for the third time to become the only player in school history to earn three Big 12 Player-of-the-Week awards in the same season. She was also the only player in the country to be named to both the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz national teams of the week three times in 2004.
Timko finished the two-game weekend of Sept. 17 with four goals, four assists and 12 points. She tied a school single-game school record with nine points against Northern Colorado on Sept. 17, finishing with three goals and three assists against the Bears. Against Montana two days later, Timko notched an assist and scored the game-winning goal in Nebraska's 2-1 win.
Timko put together another excellent two-game stretch the weekend of Sept. 5. Facing a pair of 2003 NCAA Tournament teams, she tallied three assists in a 4-0 win over Eastern Illinois, then added two goals on her 19th birthday in a 3-0 win over Purdue.
Timko started all six games of the World Cup, playing in both the midfield and on the back line, and contributed one assist in Canada’s fourth-place finish, the best-ever finish by the Canadians in a World Cup.
She first joined the Huskers in Chapel Hill, N.C., for NU’s games against Duke and North Carolina, producing a goal agaginst Duke.
Timko made her greatest impact in the Big 12 Tournament, scoring two goals against Texas A&M, including the game winner. She was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team for her performance.
Once again proving her value in the postseason, Timko scored Nebraska's only goal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Portland.
During her prep career, she also played volleyball and was a starter at point guard in basketball in 10th and 11th grades. She was also an honor roll student.
At the FIFA Under-19 World Championship in 2004, Timko received the Golden Boot Award as the top goal scorer in the tournament.
Timko played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League in 2003. She received the Premier’s Athletic Award for Excellence in Soccer in 2001 and was honored in the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame as one of 35 leaders and legends of women in sports in 2002. She was named the B.C. Soccer Association’s Junior Athlete of the Year in 2002.