Friday night will mark the 500th game in Nebraska soccer program history.
Photo by Stephanie Carpenter/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Continue Big Ten Play with Trip to Michigan

By NU Athletic Communications

 Friday, Sept. 29  5 p.m. (CT)  DeMartin Soccer Complex (East Lansing, Mich.)
 Nebraska Cornhuskers  6-3-1 (0-1-1 Big Ten)  Game Notes
 Michigan State Spartans  4-7-0 (0-4-0 Big Ten)  BTN Plus (Video Stream)
   Live Stats  Twitter: @NebraskaSoccer

 Sunday, Oct. 1  1 p.m. (CT)  U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
 Nebraska Cornhuskers  6-3-1 (0-1-1 Big Ten)  Game Notes
 Michigan Wolverines  5-2-4 (2-1-1 Big Ten)  
   Live Stats  Twitter: @NebraskaSoccer

The Nebraska soccer team (6-3-1, 0-1-1 Big Ten) hits the road this weekend to visit the Great Lakes State for a pair of Big Ten matches.

Friday night’s match against Michigan State, set for 5 p.m. (CT) in East Lansing, Mich., will mark the 500th match in Nebraska soccer history. It is the same milestone for Head Coach John Walker, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the Husker program. The match will be streamed live on BTN Plus, with a subscription required to watch.

NU finishes its road trip against Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Live stats for both matches are available on the athletic websites of both host schools. Updates will also be provided on Twitter at @NebraskaSoccer.

Nebraska is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, and has the equivalent of the No. 34 ranking. The Wolverines are also receiving votes, and have the equivalent of the No. 40 spot. In this week’s RPI, NU is ranked 71st, while Michigan is No. 15 and Michigan State is ranked 106th.

Last Time Out

The Huskers went 0-1-1 during its first home weekend of Big Ten play. NU fell to Ohio State, 1-0, on Friday, Sept. 22 before tying No. 7 Penn State, 1-1, on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Up Next

The Huskers return home to host Maryland on Thursday, Oct. 5 at Hibner Stadium at 7:05 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on the Big Ten Network. NU closes the weekend at home with Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.

Schedule Changes

The Nebraska Athletics Department, in conjunction with the University of Iowa, determined that the women’s soccer matchup between the schools scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 in Iowa City would not be played that weekend. The postponement was due to multiple Nebraska student-athletes being ill during the course of the week.

It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. (CT) in Iowa City, Iowa. With that date change, Nebraska’s match at Northwestern has been changed to Saturday, Oct. 21, with the start time to be determined. The time of that match will be released after Northwestern’s home football kickoff time has been announced.

Stats Leaders

• Points: Haley Hanson (12)
• Goals: Haley Hanson (5)
• Assists: Brenna Ochoa (4)
• Saves: Aubrei Corder (22)
• Game-Winning Goals: Haley Hanson (2), Elyse Huber (2)
• Minutes Played: Aubrei Corder (940*), Alli Peterson (940*)
*-The minutes are rounded up from the 939:41 of time Nebraska has played this season. Sinclaire Miramontez has played all but 28 seconds this season.

Hanson Stepping Up During Senior Season

• Senior Haley Hanson entered her final year at Nebraska as the leading returning goal-scorer, points earner and tied for the most returning assists on the team. She has added to each those totals during the 2017 campaign.

• This season, Hanson leads the Huskers in goals (5) and points (12).
» Has two assists, the second-most on the team
» Has two game-winning goals, tied for the most on the team
» Has played 907 of a possible 940 minutes
» Has started all 10 games this season
» Scored a season-high two goals against Missouri on Aug. 27

• In her career, Hanson has 15 goals, five assists and 35 points
» Her 66 career appearances and 63 career starts both rank first on the team
» Entered her senior season with 23 points, 16 ahead of the next closest returning Husker
» Led all returning Huskers in career goals (10), eight ahead of the next closest returner
» Was tied for the most returning career assists (3) with Meg Brandt

• As a junior in 2016, Hanson earned third-team All-Big Ten honors.
» Scored seven goals, the second-most on the team behind third-team All-American Jaycie Johnson’s 11 goals
» Started all 22 games and amassed 2,059 minutes
» Had three assists, tied for the second-most on the team behind second-team All-Big Ten Team member Sydney Miramontez’s seven assists.
» Had 17 points, the second-most on the team behind Johnson’s 24 points

• As a sophomore in 2015, Hanson appeared in 15 of Nebraska’s 17 matches, scoring three goals.

• As a freshman in 2014, Hanson made 19 appearances, including 16 starts.

Huskers Have Multiple Scoring Options

• Nebraska has had 10 different players score goals this season, compared to last year when seven Huskers scored at least one goal. This year’s team has 18 goals through 10 games, while last year’s team, which qualified for the NCAA Tournament, scored 25 goals in 22 games.

• Three Huskers have scored more than one goal this season, while seven Huskers each have one. Haley Hanson leads the team with five goals, Elyse Huber has four goals and Meg Brandt has two scores.

• Three Huskers who haven’t scored goals this season have earned points by way of assists. In all, Nebraska has 13 assists this season.

• Nebraska has 13 players that have scored at least one point this season, compared to last year when 10 Huskers earned at least one point.

Huskers Tie Penn State During First Big Ten Weekend

• Nebraska went 0-1-1 during the first weekend of Big Ten play at Hibner Stadium, Sept. 22-24.

• Despite outshooting Ohio State, 18-8 (including a 7-3 edge in shots on goal), the Huskers fell to the Buckeyes, 1-0, on Sept. 22.

• Nebraska tied No. 7 Penn State, 1-1, on Sept. 24 in a match which featured a two-hour, 32-minute lightning delay in the first half. Senior Haley Hanson scored her fifth goal of the season in the 45th minute on a header off an assist from Sinclaire Miramontez.

• Goalkeeper Aubrei Corder earned her 100th career save as time expired in double overtime against the Nittany Lions.

• With the weather delay, the match against Penn State spanned four hours and 46 minutes.

Huskers Finish Non-Conference Slate with Home Split

• Nebraska went 1-1 in the final non-conference weekend of the season, Sept. 8-10, at Hibner Stadium. The Huskers outshot their two opponents by a combined total of 38-15.

• The Huskers fell to San Diego State, 2-1, with 19 seconds remaining in double overtime on Sept. 8. Meg Brandt scored her second goal of the season in the 44th minute.

• Nebraska scored three first-half goals against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 en route to a 3-0 win over the Panthers to close out the weekend. Elyse Huber notched her fourth goal of the season, while Sami Reinhard and Michaela Loebel each scored their first career goals.

• Goalkeeper Aubrei Corder earned her fifth shutout of the season.

Huskers Split Matches at Cougar Classic

• Nebraska went 1-1 at the Cougar Classic, Sept 1-3, in Pullman, Wash.

• NU’s first loss of the season was a 1-0 setback to Washington State on Sept. 1.

• The Huskers responded to the loss with a 1-0 win over Montana on Sept. 3. Haley Hanson scored her fourth goal of the season in the win over Montana.

• Goalkeeper Aubrei Corder earned her fourth shutout of the season.

Huskers Record Pair of Shutouts in First Home Weekend

• Nebraska won both of its games during the first home weekend of the season, Aug. 25-27, by a combined score of 6-0. Nebraska outshot South Dakota and Missouri by a combined total of 35-11.

• Three Huskers (Emilee Cincotta, Sinclaire Miramontez and Savanah Uveges) each scored their first career goal at Nebraska in the Huskers’ 3-0 win over South Dakota on Aug. 25.

• Haley Hanson scored twice against Missouri on Aug. 27, while Caroline Buelt added a goal in NU’s 3-0 triumph over the Tigers.

• Brenna Ochoa earned an assist in both games during the first home weekend of the 2017 campaign.

• Goalkeeper Aubrei Corder earned shutouts in both appearances.

Huber Leads Offense on Opening Weekend

• Sophomore forward Elyse Huber scored three of Nebraska’s six goals during the first weekend of the season, as the Huskers defeated Kansas and Tulsa.

• Huber earned the first United Soccer Coaches Player-of-the-Week award for the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer season on Aug. 22.

• On Aug. 18, Huber scored her first career goal in the 37th minute to help NU to a 3-0 win over Kansas.

• On Aug. 20, Huber scored twice in NU’s 3-1 win over Tulsa. She scored in the 26th minute before adding her second goal in the 69th minute.

• Huber’s three goals on opening weekend occurred on four shots, all of which were on goal.

Seniors Guiding the Way

• Nebraska’s seniors have combined for 19 career goals and 10 career assists while at Nebraska. This season, they have scored seven goals and added four assists.

• Helena Ferraz is the lone goalkeeper among the senior class and the lone Husker who was a member of the 2013 Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion team. Ferraz redshirted in 2013 during her first year with the program.

• Two seniors, Alexis Rienks and Amanda McClanahan, each began their collegiate careers at different schools before transferring to Nebraska. Rienks played two seasons at New Mexico State, scoring one goal and one assist in 41 appearances. McClanahan played at Tennessee in 2014 before joining the Huskers.

• Haley Hanson, Alli Peterson, Sami Reinhard and Amanda Hilton are each in their fourth year at Nebraska.

Sophomores Showing Form

• Goalkeeper Aubrei Corder has started all 10 games and played every minute for the Huskers this season. She has 16 career shutouts in 32 appearances after playing every minute in goal for the Huskers last season.

• Meg Brandt and Sinclaire Miramontez, who each earned Big Ten All-Freshman status in 2016, have started all 10 games this season. Brandt has scored two goals this season. Miramontez has played nearly every second for the Huskers this season, and scored her first career goal against South Dakota on Aug. 25.

• Brenna Ochoa has started all 10 games for the Huskers this season, and leads the team in assists (4). Ochoa has played 888 of a possible 940 minutes in 2017.

• Elyse Huber has scored four goals this season. During the first weekend of the season, Huber scored once against Kansas and twice against Tulsa, marking her first career goals for the Huskers. Huber added an assist against Missouri on Aug. 27 and a goal against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.

Newcomers Making an Impact

• Nebraska welcomed eight freshmen and one transfer to the roster in 2017.

• Freshman Theresa Pujado has started four games and played six games altogether this season for 211 minutes. Pujado recorded an assist in the season-opening win over Kansas on Aug. 18.

• Freshman Natalie Cooke has made nine appearances, and one start, for a total of 187 minutes.

• Freshman Grace Brown has made five appearances, and three starts, for 217 minutes.

• Freshman Sarah Thrush has made one appearance for 11 minutes.

• Junior Faith Carter, a Papillion, Neb., native, joined the Husker program after two seasons at Texas Christian University. Carter scored 10 goals during her time with the Horned Frogs. This season, she has made three appearances for a total of 52 minutes.

Home Sweet Hibner

• Nebraska is in its third year at Barbara Hibner Stadium in 2017, with nine regular-season home games scheduled.

• In six home games this season, the Huskers have welcomed 6,728 fans, an average of 1,121 per game. 
» The total of 6,728 fans ranks 16th nationally
» The average of 1,121 fans per game ranks 22nd nationally

• In Hibner Stadium history, Nebraska has welcomed 32,157 fans over 26 games, an average of 1,237 per game.

• In its first two seasons combined, Hibner Stadium welcomed 25,429 fans over 20 games, an average of 1,271 per game.

• In 2016, Hibner Stadium hosted 13,002 fans over 11 games.
» Ranked 16th nationally, and was the second-most fans in a season in Husker history
» The average of 1,182 fans per game ranked 18th nationally, and was the third-highest average number of fans in a season in Husker history

• In 2015, Hibner Stadium hosted 12,427 fans over nine games.
» Ranked 18th nationally, and was the third-most fans in a season in Husker history
» The average of 1,381 fans per game ranked 13th nationally in average attendance, and was the second-highest average number of fans in a season in Husker history

• Hibner Stadium opened in 2015 with an overall capacity of 2,500, which includes 1,800 grandstand seats in addition to berm seating and standing room only from the elevated viewing deck. 

• First game at Hibner Stadium: Aug. 12, 2015 (Exhibition vs. South Dakota State)
• First regular-season game at Hibner Stadium: Aug. 21, 2015 (vs. Kansas)
• Highest single-game attendance at Hibner Stadium: 2,746 (Sept. 11, 2015 vs. North Carolina)

Corder Setting the Tone for Nebraska’s Defense

• Sophomore goalkeeper Aubrei Corder has started all 10 games and played every minute this season after doing the same as a true freshman in 2016.

• Corder earned her 100th career save on Sept. 24 to become the ninth Husker to reach the milestone.

• Corder has 16 career shutouts in 32 appearances.
» Ranks fourth on Nebraska’s career records list, five behind Erin Miller (21) for third
» Her five shutouts this season rank 17th in the nation
» Her 11 shutouts last season tied for the fifth-most shutouts in a single season in NU history
» Her 11 shutouts last season ranked ninth nationally in 2016

• Corder has 100 career saves.
» Ranks ninth on Nebraska’s career saves list, 15 behind Tara Macdonald (115) for eighth
» Has 22 saves this season
» Had 78 saves last season

• Corder has 17 career wins.
» Ranks seventh on NU’s career goalkeeper wins list, two behind Kate Wright (19) for sixth
» Has six wins this season
» Earned 11 wins last season

• Corder started all 22 games and amassed more than 2,109 minutes last season.
» Fourth-most minutes in goal for a Husker in a single season
» 11th-most minutes in goal in the nation last season

• Corder has allowed 26 goals in her career, earning a goals-against average of 0.77.
» Has allowed six goals this season for a goals-against average of 0.57
» Allowed 20 goals last season, earning a goals-against average of 0.85

• Corder attended the 2017 U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team Training Camp from Jan. 28-Feb. 4 in Sunrise, Fla. She was one of 30 players selected. 

• Corder collected three Big Ten weekly awards in 2016. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Corder also earned Big Ten Defensive-Player-of-the-Week honors on Oct. 25. 

Husker Trio Named to Big Ten Preseason Honors List

• Aubrei Corder, Haley Hanson and Sinclaire Miramontez each earned spots on the Big Ten Preseason Honors List, announced by the conference on Aug. 14.

• The Big Ten also released its preseason coaches’ poll on Aug. 14, and the Huskers are picked to finish seventh in the conference.

Game Recaps

• Exhibition: Colorado College (Aug. 12)
» #22 Nebraska won, 3-1
» Goals: Haley Hanson (10’, 18’), Natalie Cooke (29’)
» Nebraska played three goalkeepers (time played in parentheses): Aubrei Corder (67:17), Lauren Smith (14:15), Helena Ferraz (8:28)

• at Kansas (Aug. 18)
» #22 Nebraska won, 3-0
» Goals: Meg Brandt (7’), Elyse Huber (37’), Alexis Rienks (69’)

• vs. Tulsa (Aug. 20)
» #22 Nebraska won, 3-1
» Goals: Elyse Huber (26’, 69’), Haley Hanson (73’)
» Nebraska outshot Tulsa, 19-6

• South Dakota (Aug. 25)
» #14 Nebraska won, 3-0
» Goals: Emilee Cincotta (43’), Sinclaire Miramontez (71’), Savanah Uveges (90’)
» Marked the first career goals for all three scorers
» Nebraska outshot South Dakota, 20-3 (9-1 in shots on goal)

• Missouri (Aug. 27)
» #14 Nebraska won, 3-0
» Goals: Haley Hanson (2’, 68’), Caroline Buelt (65’)

• at Washington State (Sept. 1)
» Washington State won, 1-0

• vs. Montana (Sept. 3)
» #14 Nebraska won, 1-0
» Goals: Haley Hanson (39’)

• San Diego State (Sept. 8)
» San Diego State won, 2-1 (2OT)
» Goals: Meg Brandt (44’)
» Nebraska outshot San Diego State, 17-8

• Pittsburgh (Sept. 10)
» #22 Nebraska won, 3-0
» Goals: Elyse Huber (15’), Sami Reinhard (16’), Michaela Loebel (33’)

• Ohio State (Sept. 22)
» Ohio State won, 1-0
» Nebraska outshot Ohio State, 18-8 (7-3 in shots on goal)

• #7 Penn State (Sept. 24)
» Tied, 1-1 (2OT)
» Goals: Haley Hanson (45’)
» Goalkeeper Aubrei Corder earned her 100th career save » Game spanned 4 hours and 46 minutes (included a 2-hour, 32-minute lightning delay from 1:48 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. CT at the 7:13 mark in the first half)

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