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10/29 Husker Soccer Roundup: Big Weekend with Thrilling Wins

Huskers claimed big wins over Ohio State and Penn State this weekend as they still remain top of the Big Ten Conference Standings with one game left.

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Weekend Recap

Nebraska grinded out two more conferences victories this weekend including a thrilling 3-2 double overtime win over Penn State on Sunday when freshman Jaycie Johnson ran 50 yards before slotting it home 2:55 into the second overtime.  Mayme Conroy had the lone goal with a header off a Kylie Greischar in a 1-0 win over Ohio State on Friday.  The team improved to 14-3-1 on the season with a 9-1 conference record.  I attended both matches this weekend so check out my match reports for Ohio State and Penn State.  Click here for some match highlights from the weekend along with photo albums from Ohio State and Penn State matches.

Nebraska moved up four spots to #8 in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings and moved up three spots to #18 in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll.

The Big Ten Conference named Jaycie Johnson Freshman of the Week for her excellent two goal game against Penn State.  This is the third time this season Johnson has received this award to go along with her offensive player of the week award in the first week of the season.

Looking Ahead

The Huskers wrap up their regular season at home on November 1th with a match against Indiana. The Hoosiers have a 13-4-1 overall record and 6-4-0 conference record which puts them in a 3rd place tie with Penn State. Indiana has won their last three conference matches with victories over Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin respectively. Their four losses this season have come against Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and Michigan.

The team is led by senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy who has scored nine times and added three assists on the season along with senior forward Rebecca Candler who leads the team with eight assists and has also chipped in with four goals. Some other Hoosiers to watch for are junior midfielder Abby Smith with five goals and six assists on the season as well as sophomore midfielder Kayleigh Steigerwalt who has chipped in with five goals and five assists. In last season’s matchup, Mayme Conroy and Jaylyn Odermann had the goals in Nebraska’s 2-1 victory over Indiana in Lincoln. Kickoff time for this match will be 3:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Soccer Field.

After Friday’s game, the Huskers will be heading to the Big Ten Tournament hosted by Illinois from November 6-10. Once the conference standings are finalized, a tournament schedule will be posted by the Big Ten Conference so keep checking Corn Nation for more updates and articles as the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament approaches.