NEB SOC: Huskers Face Final Road Test at Iowa

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Game 16
Nebraska at Iowa
Friday, Oct. 23 l Iowa City, Iowa l 7 p.m. CT
Stadium: Iowa Soccer Complex
Series History: Nebraska leads 8-0-0
Live Stats: GameTracker via HawkeyeSports.com
Video: BTN Plus


Huskers Face Final Road Test at Iowa

The Nebraska soccer team (6-7-2, 2-5-2 Big Ten) travels to Iowa City, Iowa this week to battle Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) at Iowa Soccer Complex. The game will be streamed on BTN Plus and live stats will be available through GameTracker on HawkeyeSports.com.

The Huskers enter the contest after a split in Illinois last weekend. NU downed 24th-ranked Northwestern on Thursday night before falling to Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The Huskers are meeting the Hawkeyes for the ninth time in series history, with NU holding an 8-0-0 advantage.

Last Time Out: Huskers Not Enough in 3-1 Setback at Illinois
Tied 0-0 at halftime, Nebraska allowed three goals in the second half to fall to Illinois at Illinois Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Nebraska’s offense controlled the ball in the first 27 minutes with four shots, but failed to convert against the stingy Illini defense. For the game, the Huskers and Illini produced the same number of shots on goal with six apiece. Illinois edged the Big Red in overall shots, 13-10.

Illinois had a flurry of opportunities at the start of the second half, as two headers by Kara Marbury gave the Illini the lead. She scored in the 52nd and 57th minutes. Illinois took a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute when Katherine Ratz scored off an assist from Taylore Peterson.

In the 82nd minute, Haley Hanson put the Huskers on the scoreboard when her shot hit the top crossbar and fell into the net. She led the offense in shots (4) and shots on goal (3).

Nebraska goalkeeper Erika Johnson earned the start and collected three saves, while surrendering two goals. Leslie Rowell subbed in for nearly four minutes for Johnson in the second half, and gave up one goal.

Scouting the Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa is 7-8-1 this season, with a 1-7-1 record in the Big Ten. Over the weekend, the Hawkeyes defeated Illinois, 1-0, and lost to Northwestern, 4-0, on the road. The win over the Fighting Illini snapped a seven-game winless streak.

Bri Toelle leads the team in goals scored with five this season. She also has four assists. Goalkeeper Hannah Clark has 90 saves, while surrendering 22 goals.

Buelt Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week
Caroline Buelt received Big Ten Co-Freshman-of-the-Week honors on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Buelt scored her first career goal against No. 24 Northwestern on Oct. 15. Her goal, which occurred in the 15th minute, proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 victory on the road. The Polk City, Iowa native took four shots, two of which were on goal, in 55 minutes of action against the Wildcats.

She has started 12 games this season and made appearances in all 15 during her first year at Nebraska.

Erika Johnson Captures Pair of Weekly Honors
Sophomore goalkeeper Erika Johnson earned Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades as well as a spot on CollegeSoccer360.com’s Primetime Performers Honor Roll (Week 6) on Sept. 29.

The North Oaks, Minn., native allowed one goal and collected 13 saves in 200 minutes of action against Penn State and Ohio State. She posted her fourth shutout of the season in the 2-0 win over the Buckeyes on Sept. 27.

Jaycie Johnson Out for Season with Torn ACL
Junior forward Jaycie Johnson suffered a torn ACL against Penn State on Sept. 25 and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Johnson scored three goals and added one assist in nine games this season. For her career, Johnson has 31 goals and six assists in 51 games. In 2014, she led the team with 11 goals and started all 19 games. In 2013, Johnson led the Huskers with 17 goals in 23 appearances and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.

Huskers Ranked 40th in RPI
Nebraska is ranked 40th in the RPI, released on Monday, Oct. 19.

Walker, NU Soccer Approaching 300 Wins
Nebraska is four wins away from its 300th in program history, which would mark the same milestone for Head Coach John Walker. Walker became the first head coach in program history in 1994, and holds a record of 296-140-29 in his 22nd season.

New Stadium Drawing Large Crowds
In its eight home games at the new Hibner Stadium, Nebraska has hosted 11,344 fans for an average of 1,418 per game. The mark surpasses the season totals for each of the last 12 years, and ranks fifth in program history. The school record is 19,874 (1,529 average), set in 1999. NU has one home game remaining at its new facility in 2015. The Huskers have the 12th-highest accumulated attendance in the country.

Baldo Captures B1G Co-Freshman of the Week
Nebraska’s Lia Baldo earned Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors, announced by the conference on Sept. 8.

Baldo, who redshirted last season due to injury, captured her first Big Ten accolade after a solid showing against then-No. 20 DePaul on the road on Sept. 6. The Glenview, Ill., native helped the Huskers to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Demons, scoring the game-winning goal off of a corner kick from Sydney Miramontez in the 73rd minute. Baldo’s goal marked her second of the season, with her first coming against Central Michigan on Aug. 28.

Baldo shared the weekly award with Minnesota’s April Bockin.

Odermann Named to Primetime Weekly Honor Roll
Nebraska’s Jaylyn Odermann captured a spot on CollegeSoccer360.com’s (CS360) Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Division I, announced by the site for the week of Aug. 24.

Odermann claimed her place on the performance list after a stellar season debut victory versus then-No. 23 Kansas at home on Aug. 21. The Gretna, Neb., native tallied a single-game career-best five points against the Jayhawks, scoring two of Nebraska’s three goals and adding an assist in NU’s 3-0 win. The match marked Odermann’s first multiple-goal game of her career, becoming the first defender in program history to score multiple goals in a single game since Anna Caniglia produced three goals and an assist for seven points on Oct. 23, 2009 against Kansas.

Hibner Stadium: The Inaugural Season
After 10 years at the Nebraska Soccer Field, the Huskers have a new home at Hibner Stadium. Named after former Nebraska senior women’s administrator Barbara Hibner, the soccer complex features an all-grass, regulation size field, stadium lights, quality seating for 2,500 fans and a support facility with direct access to fan amenities.