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Husker Soccer Roundup: 9/24

Recap of Husker soccer this week.

here is a pic of a soccer ball
here is a pic of a soccer ball
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Weekend Recap

Husker Soccer earned wins over Michigan State and #14 Denver last week to improve their record to 6-2-1.  You can check out the Corn Nation match reports for Michigan State and Denver.  You can also click here for some video highlights of the Michigan State and Denver matches.

Nebraska jumped up to #20 in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings released Monday. The ladies also received 24 votes in the NSCAA Coaches Poll today putting them at #29 in the rankings.

The Big Ten Conference named Jaycie Johnson Freshman of the Week after she scored both game-winning goals in the Michigan State and Denver matches. Johnson was also named Big Ten Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. The talented freshman from Lake Winnebago, Missouri leads Nebraska with seven goals in nine matches this season.  Husker defender Ari Romero was also recognized by being named on the weekly honor roll.

Big Ten Network will be re-airing the Huskers win over Denver on Friday at 9:00 a.m. Central Time.

Here are some tweets to chew on regarding Husker soccer.  It seems like the ladies are gaining a bigger following this season.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">@NebraskaSoccer</a>&#39;s looking great this year! Let&#39;s get <a href="">@HuskerHooligans</a> packed every home game and help this team make it to the top! #20</p>&mdash; Justice A. Jones (@JusticeJones93) <a href="">September 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today&#39;s official match attendance was 636 - most at Nebraska Soccer Field since opener in 2011 vs. UNC and 5th most in 5 years</p>&mdash; Nebraska Soccer (@NebraskaSoccer) <a href="">September 23, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Last time the <a href=";src=hash">#Huskers</a> beat an opponent ranked 14th or better? Oct. 18th, 2009 at home over Texas A&amp;M, 2-1 - Aggies were No. 14</p>&mdash; Nebraska Soccer (@NebraskaSoccer) <a href="">September 22, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thru nine matches: <a href=";src=hash">#Huskers</a> have outscored opponents 19-10. Last year thru nine? 14-11</p>&mdash; Nebraska Soccer (@NebraskaSoccer) <a href="">September 22, 2013</a></blockquote>

Looking Ahead

Nebraska is looking to extend their four game winning run when they travel to face Northwestern and Illinois this weekend.

Northwestern currently has a 2-5-2 record and just came off a heartbreaking 3-2 double overtime loss to #9 Penn State to open their Big Ten season.  The Wildcats are led by senior forward Kate Allen who has two goals on the season and also leads the team with three assists and 17 shots on goal.  Nebraska won last season's matchup 2-0 in Evanston with goals from Jordan Jackson and Mayme Conroy.  Kickoff for this match will be Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Illinois comes into this weekend with at 5-2-2 with a 4-0-0 record at home this season.  They opened their Big Ten season with a 1-1 draw against Ohio State.  Junior forward Jannelle Flaws leads the Illini with nine goals from 19 shots on target this season.  Another standout player for the Illini is senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo who has four goal and six assists on the season.  Illinois won last season's matchup in Champaign 4-1 with Mayme Conroy scoring the lone Husker goal.  Kickoff for this match will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Women's College Soccer Rules Guide

While there are a lot of similarities, women's college soccer has a few differences from the official FIFA Rules of the Games and here's a quick breakdown of them.

-The coach is allowed to make unlimited substitutions throughout the match compared to a maximum of three substitutions in professional leagues and international tournaments.

-College soccer is played using a ‘running clock' which is the same system used in the NFL and NHL. A ‘running clock' constantly counts down from 45:00 to 00:00 unless the referee calls for it to be stopped in certain situations like when showing a yellow card or an injury on the field.  The clock is also stopped after a goal until play gets under way again.  Sometimes during the warmer months, there is a short water break midway through a half to allow players to replenish themselves and prevent heat exhaustion.

-If a match is tied after 90 minutes of action, an overtime period will decide the outcome.  The teams will play two ten-minute halves in a sudden death format.  If neither team is able to score, the match ends in a draw unless it is a playoff match when it would be decided on penalty kicks.