Nebraska booked a spot into the second round on Friday with a 4-0 win over the Southeast Louisiana Lions. Jaycie Johnson scored all four goals for the Huskers and became only the fifth player (and the only freshman) to score four goals in an NCAA Tournament match. Johnson also becomes the fifth Husker to net seven or more game winning goals in a season.
The Huskers now have a 19-3-1 overall record and this victory extends the Huskers winning streak to ten games. Check out my match report and post-game reaction from the Southeast Louisiana match. Also check out the huskers.com highlights and photo album from the match.
Tournament Match Preview
Lincoln will be hosting second and third round NCAA Tournament matches this Friday and Sunday at the Nebraska Soccer Field. Nebraska will play Boston College on Friday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. kickoff.
The Golden Eagles had an 11-9-1 overall record including a 6-6-1 record in the ACC this season. They are led by twins Madison and McKenzie Meehan out of Smithfield, Rhode Island and the latter leads the team with 17 goals on the season. Another player to watch out for is junior forward Stephanie McCaffrey from Winchester, Mass. who has 12 goals and eight assists along with 43 shots on target this season. Boston College reaches the second round of the tournament by defeating crosstown rival Northeastern 2-0 on Friday.
The other second round matchup in Lincoln on Friday will be Illinois against Portland and that match will kickoff at 11:00 a.m. Illinois has an overall record of 10-8-3 with a 5-5-1 record in the Big Ten Conference. The Illini are led by junior midfielder Jannelle Flaws from Glenview, Illinois who tops the conference with 21 goals this season and senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo from Naperville, Illinois who has five goals and seven assists. Illinois advanced to the second round by knocking out Washington State in a penalty shootout.
The Portland Pilots have a 17-2-1 record this season and were co-champions of the West Coast Conference with an 8-1 record. Portland are led by senior forward Micaela Capelle from Gresham, Oregon with eight goals and six assists and senior midfielder Ellen Parker from Paradise Valley, Arizona has seven goals and four assists on the season. Portland advanced to the second round by defeating Seattle 2-0 on Saturday.
The winners of these two matches will face off in the third round of the tournament on Sunday with the kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Lincoln. Here is an updated look at the tournament bracket with all the dates and times for the other matches. If you are interested in attending any of this weekend's matches in Lincoln, click here for all the ticket information.
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