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Big Ten Countdown: 54 - Nebraska Soccer

Soccer at the University of Nebraska is a fairly recent sport.  There is no men's team and the women's team originated in 1994.  This would be the first women's soccer team in the Big 8.  Kansas and Iowa State fielded teams in 1995 and when the Big XII was born Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Missouri joined in from the old Big 8 along with Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor from the old Southwestern Athletic Conference.  Kansas State does not field a women's soccer team.


The Nebraska soccer team had a pretty good run in the 90's and early 2000's. They had a head start on most of the old Big 8 schools by a couple years and won 8 conference titles or regular season titles between 1996 and 2002. They haven't claimed a league title since, though, but they have made the NCAA tournament ten times. The last time being in 2005.

What's to look forward to in the Big Ten conference? Well, all eleven schools have a women's soccer team.  Ohio State and Penn State tied for the league title last year. It was interesting because Penn State had an 8-2 record in conference play but only a 3-7-1 record in their non-conference match-ups. The Big XII had two teams rated in the Top 25 at the end of the year last year. The Big Ten also had two teams. Neither conference really dominates women's soccer, though.  The ACC and Big East tend to have the most depth in the country.  Nebraska soccer should fit into the Big Ten pretty well.  They may not win too many conference titles, but they should be competitive and might wind a conference title or two per decade.