Husker Soccer Review: Back in the Top 25!

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Nebraska soccer is back in the Top 25 for the first time since 2005 after getting two road wins this week to improve to 3-0 in the Big Ten.

Weekend Recap

Husker Soccer got two big road wins this week to improve their B1G record to 3-0-0.  In the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll the Huskers are ranked #23. This is their first appearance in the poll since 2005. Nebraska’s current six game winning streak is their longest since 2004. The Huskers also jumped up to #18 in the NCAA RPI Rankings.

Despite being outshot in the game 24-10, the Huskers escaped Evanston with a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats.  Nebraska scored both their goals in the first half; the first being a Katie Kraeutner volley off a Caroline Gray corner in the 21st minute and the second goal was slotted home in the 38th minute by Jordan Jackson from a Sydney Miramontez through ball.  The Wildcats lone goal came off a Kate Allen penalty kick in the 59th minute.  Here is a detailed match report and box score from Friday’s match.

After watching Husker volleyball trounce Illinois on Saturday night, Nebraska did their part on Sunday afternoon.  In the 15th minute, freshman Sydney Miramontez opened the scoring with a 20 yard shot into the upper right corner.  Just 23 seconds into the second half, Miramontez did her part in setting up Mayme Conroy for her fourth goal of the season.  The Illini answered back with two goals in two minutes from leading goal scorer Janelle Flaws but Conroy was able to respond seven minutes later with a header off a Caroline Gray cross.  The Huskers were able to hold and get a big 3-2 road win over Illinois.  Click the links for a match report and box score from Sunday’s match in Champaign.

Mayme Conroy was named the Big Ten Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.  The junior forward has scored five goals from open this season.  Conroy was also recognized as a Primetime Performer by collegesoccer360.com on their weekly honor roll.

Also check out this week's huskers.com interviews of Jordan Jackson and Katie Kraeutner.

Looking Ahead

Nebraska comes back home this week for two matches against the Iowa Hawkeyes and #21 Michigan Wolverines.

Iowa comes into the match with a 9-2-0 record with their losses coming against Michigan and Illinois though they did have a conference win over Northwestern last weekend.  The Hawkeyes are led by senior forward Ashley Catrell who leads the teams with four goals and 18 shot on target.  Another standout player junior forward Cloe Lacasse from Ontario, Canada who leads the team with five assists on the season.  Nebraska won last season’s matchup in Iowa City 2-1 in overtime.  Stacy Bartels opened the scoring and Caroline Gray put in the overtime winner for the Huskers. Kickoff for this match will be Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

Michigan comes into the weekend with a 7-2-1 record.  The Wolverines have big non-conference wins over San Diego State and Pepperdine however they struggled last weekend with a scoreless draw versus Wisconsin and a 1-0 defeat against Minnesota which led to their drop in the rankings.

The Wolverines are led by two fantastic Canadian players.  Senior forward from Nova Scotia, Nkem Ezurike, leads the team with six goals and six assists while senior defender from Ontario, Shelina Zadorsky, has chipped in with one goal and five assists on the season.  Another player to keep an eye on is freshman forward Madisson Lewis who has three goals and four assists on the season.  Michigan won last season’s matchup in Ann Arbor 2-1 in overtime.  Mayme Conroy scored the lone Husker goal in the game while Nkem Ezurike scored the overtime winner for the Wolverines.  Kickoff for this match will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

GO BIG RED!!!

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