Huskers Face No. 18 Cougars, Bears Over Weekend
#18 Washington State (3-0) at Nebraska (3-0-1)
Friday, Aug. 31 • 6:05 p.m. (CT) *moved up an hour due to potential weather
Barbara Hibner Stadium
Nebraska (3-0-1) at Baylor (3-1)
Sunday, Sept. 2 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field
Fresh off back-to-back shutout victories, the Nebraska soccer team (3-0-1) continues its strong non-conference slate this weekend against No. 18 Washington State (3-0) and Baylor (3-1).
The Huskers host the nationally ranked Cougars on Friday at Hibner Stadium at 6:05 p.m. (CT). The first 700 fans into the game will get a free 25th Season flag. Tickets are available at Huskers.com/Tickets or by calling 800-8-BIGRED. The match will be streamed live on BTN Plus with a subscription required to watch. Live stats will be available at Huskers.com/LiveStats.
NU battles former Big 12 rival Baylor on Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field in Waco, Texas, starting at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed for free via Baylor’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/BaylorFutbol. Live stats will be provided at Baylor.StatBroadcast.com.
Last Time Out
The Huskers recorded a pair of shutouts against Pac-12 opponents at home last weekend. NU defeated previously unbeaten Oregon by a 2-0 margin on Friday before routing Oregon State, 3-0, in a weather-delayed game on Sunday.
The Huskers wrap up non-conference play when they visit a pair of ACC teams next weekend. NU battles 2017 College Cup qualifier Duke on Thursday, Sept. 6 in Durham, N.C., before facing 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier NC State on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.
• Sinclaire Miramontez collected Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades from the conference on Tuesday.
• Nebraska is receiving 63 votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Tuesday, equivalent to the No. 26 ranking. Baylor has 47 votes, equivalent to the No. 27 spot.
• The Huskers lead the Big Ten in corner kicks and hold a 29-5 advantage over their opponents in that statistical category.
Scouting the Washington State Cougars
- Washington State is 3-0 this season after wins over Seattle and Grand Canyon at home during the opening weekend before defeating Minnesota on the road on Sunday.
- WSU leads the all-time series against Nebraska, 1-0, winning the first meeting between the schools last season in Pullman, Wash. The Cougars qualified for the 2017 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round, finishing the season with a 10-8-4 mark.
- Head Coach Todd Shulenberger is in his fourth season at Washington State and holds a 35-23-6 record overall. He is assisted by Jon Harvey and Greg Sheen.
- Players to Watch
» No. 6 Morgan Weaver (Junior Forward): Leads the Cougars with two goals, while also tallying two assists
» No. 00 Ella Dederick (Senior Goalkeeper): Has played every minute for the Cougars this season and recorded two shutouts in three starts
Scouting the Baylor Bears
- Baylor is 3-1 this season with wins over Abilene Christian, Samford and Florida Atlantic. The Bears dropped its match against South Florida on Aug. 24. Last season, Baylor advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a record of 15-6-3.
- Before facing Nebraska on Sunday, Baylor plays at Arkansas on Friday.
- Nebraska leads the all-time series against its former conference foe, 12-7-2. The last meeting between the schools was in 2012.
- Head Coach Paul Jobson is in his fourth season at Baylor and holds a 39-20-8 record overall. He is assisted by Chuck Codd, Matt Smith and Elizabeth Perkins.
- Players to Watch
» No. 9 Taylor Moon (Freshman Forward/Midfielder): Has two goals and two assists this season
» No. 10 Maddie Algya (Freshman Midfielder): Has two goals and two assists this season
» Baylor has split time evenly between two goalkeepers with No. 0 Hannah Parrish making four starts (180 minutes) and No. 8 Jennifer Wandt playing 180 minutes off the bench.
Huskers Celebrating 25th Season in 2018
- The Nebraska soccer program is in its 25th year since the inaugural campaign in 1994. Head Coach John Walker has been at the helm of the team since its inception, guiding the Huskers to more than 300 all-time victories.
- Nebraska has made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances in its first 24 seasons, including two trips to the Elite Eight and eight Sweet 16 berths.
- The Huskers have captured four conference regular-season titles and six conference tournament crowns. As a member of the Big 12, NU won the regular-season championship in 1996, 1999 and 2000, while winning the tournament title in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011 and two seasons later, swept the regular-season and tournament crowns.
Hibner Draws a Crowd
- The Huskers are in their fourth season playing at Barbara Hibner Stadium in 2018 after averaging more than 1,000 fans per game during each of their first three years at the venue.
- Through three home games this season, Nebraska has welcomed an average of 1,203 fans per home contest, including a season-high of 1,607 against Oregon State on Sunday.
- In 2017, Nebraska averaged 1,064 fans per home contest to rank 21st nationally and second in the Big Ten. The total attendance during the season was 9,579.
- In 2016, NU averaged 1,182 fans per home game, which ranked 18th in the nation and second in the conference. The total attendance was 13,002, the second-highest season total in program history.
- During its inaugural season in 2015, Hibner Stadium drew an average of 1,381 fans per home match to lead the Big Ten and rank 13th in the country. It was the second-highest season average in program history. The total attendance during the season was 12,427.
Huskers Working Through Rigorous Schedule
- This season, Nebraska will face eight teams that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including three that reached the Elite Eight and one that advanced to the College Cup Semifinals.
- Duke made it to the College Cup Semifinals after winning the ACC regular-season title. Baylor and Penn State also made the Elite Eight. The Nittany Lions, who captured the 2017 Big Ten Tournament title, will be the opponent for NU’s lone scheduled TV appearance of the season as Big Ten Network will televise the match on Sept. 27.
- Washington State made the Sweet 16 last season, while NC State, Rutgers and Wisconsin each advanced to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
- Ohio State, who won the 2017 Big Ten regular-season crown, was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year.
- Four of NU’s regular-season opponents are ranked in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Aug. 28. The teams are Penn State (No. 5), Duke (No. 12), NC State (No. 13) and Washington State (No. 18).