NEB SOC: Huskers Open Big Ten Slate at Michigan

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Game #7: Nebraska at Michigan
Location: U-M Soccer Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Date: Friday, Sept. 18
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Live Stats: GameTracker
TV: Big Ten Network

Game #8: Nebraska at Michigan State
Location: DeMartin Soccer Complex (East Lansing, Mich.)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Time: Noon CT
Live Stats: GameTracker


Huskers Open Big Ten Slate at Michigan

After a thrilling 1-0 win over Missouri on Sunday, the Nebraska soccer team (4-2-0) heads to the Great Lakes State to open Big Ten play with a pair of matches. The Huskers battle Michigan on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., before facing Michigan State on Sunday at noon (CT) at DeMartin Soccer Complex in East Lansing, Mich.

NU will play the Wolverines for the eighth time in series history, with Michigan holding a 5-1-1 advantage. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

The Huskers and Spartans will square off for the fifth time in series history, with MSU holding a 3-1-0 advantage. Live stats for the match are available on GameTracker from Michigan State’s athletics website msuspartans.com. Both games can be followed on Twitter via @NebraskaSoccer.

Last Time Out: Johnson’s Late Goal Secures Win Over Missouri
After 87 minutes of scoreless action, junior forward Jaycie Johnson broke the tie with her third goal of the season to help Nebraska (4-2-0) to a 1-0 win over Missouri on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erika Johnson managed eight saves in her shutout performance. It was Johnson’s second shutout of the season in six starts, and her first since the season-opening victory over Kansas, 3-0, on Aug. 21.

The Missouri offense controlled much of the first half with 11 shots, but Johnson saved the Tigers’ three shots on goal. In the second half, Missouri took 11 shots, five of which were on goal, but the NU defense held strong.

Jaycie Johnson, who played 85 minutes, led the Husker offense with three shots on the day. Nebraska managed two shots on goal in addition to Johnson’s score. Senior Katie Kraeutner and junior Courtney Claassen each registered one shot on goal in the second half.

Scouting the Michigan Wolverines
Michigan is 5-3-0 on the season, and opens Big Ten play this weekend. The Wolverines are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll. U-M opened the season with an 8-1 victory over Eastern Michigan, but dropped its next game to Marquette, 2-1. The Wolverines responded by winning the next three games, but have lost two of their last three, including a 2-0 loss to then-No. 13 Notre Dame.

Taylor Timko leads the Wolverines with six goals this season. Lulu Haidar has four goals and Abby Kastroll has three goals to round out the top three scorers for Michigan in 2015.Goalkeeper Megan Hinz has started all eight games and has compiled 14 saves, while allowing seven goals.

Scouting the Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State is 4-1-2 this season, and opens Big Ten play against Iowa on Friday before its Sunday matchup against Nebraska. The Spartans opened the regular season with wins over Niagara and Baylor before tying Oakland. MSU defeated Dayton in its home opener before suffering a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame. Last weekend, Michigan State tied San Francisco and defeated New Mexico.

The Spartan offense has been a balanced attack in 2015, with Kirsten Evans leading the team with two goals. Seven Spartans each have one goal this season. Gabrielle Gauruder has played every minute as goalkeeper for the team this season. She has 30 saves, while surrendering six goals in seven games.

New Stadium Drawing Large Crowds
In its four home games at the new Barbara Hibner Field at Hibner Stadium, Nebraska has hosted 6,942 fans for an average of 1,736 per game. The mark surpasses the season totals for each of the last 10 years. In 2004, the Huskers had 10,749 fans for all of their home games. The school record is 19,874 (1,529 average), set in 1999. NU has five home games remaining in its new facility in 2015.

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, and is the first Nebraska player to earn freshman-of-the-week honors since Jaycie Johnson in 2013.

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.

Odermann is one of 15 players represented on the CS360 honor roll across all Division I for the opening week of eligibility, featuring games played during the weekend of Aug. 21-23. Criteria for the weekly list includes players’ noteworthy game performance, leadership and overall team contribution. Odermann is the first Nebraska player to appear on the list since Jaycie Johnson was named CS360 National Freshman of the Week on Oct. 29, 2013.

Hibner Stadium: The Inaugural Season
After 10 years at the Nebraska Soccer Field, the Huskers have a new home at Barbara Hibner Field 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.

Huskers to Get BTN Exposure
Nebraska will be featured on the Big Ten Network twice this season, while also appearing on the BTN Plus six times over the course of the year.

The Huskers open BTN’s 2015 soccer coverage on Friday against Michigan at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. CT. Nebraska will also be shown on BTN at Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.