The Nebraska soccer team is set to open its Big Ten play this Friday, hosting the Wisconsin Badgers at 7:05 p.m. (CT). The much-anticipated match, taking place at Hibner Stadium, will feature “Pups at the Pitch,” allowing fans to bring their dogs to the event. With both teams having strong starts to their respective seasons, the match promises to be a fierce contest.
How to Watch
For those interested in catching the action, the game will be streamed on Big Ten Plus (subscription required) and broadcast on KRNU. Live stats will be available on huskers.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-8 BIG RED or by visiting Huskers.com/tickets.
Last Time Out
In their most recent outing, the #24 Nebraska team, led by Senior Eleanor Dale, fell 3-2 to Saint Louis. Despite the loss, Dale managed to score her fifth-straight brace, marking her as a player to watch this season.
Key Players and Stats
Eleanor Dale has had an exceptional season, leading both the nation and the conference in total goals (12), game-winning goals (5), and penalty kicks (2). She was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive time. Junior forward Sarah Weber is also in fine form, ranking third in conference standings in shots (34) and ninth in points (11).
Goalkeeper Sami Hauk has recorded 31 saves, ranking third in the conference in saves per game (3.88). As a team, the Huskers rank impressively across several categories, including being fifth in the nation in shots per game (21.38) and assists (3.50).
The Huskers recently celebrated their 350th win in program history, a milestone also reached by Head Coach John Walker, who has been with the program since its inception in 1994. This season also saw Nebraska return all four All-Big Ten performers from last year, including Weber and Dale, boosting the team’s confidence and capability.
Scouting the Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin enters this match on a four-game winning streak and had an 11-5-3 record last season. The Badgers have the edge in the all-time series, leading 6-5-3, including a 4-1 win in their most recent matchup.
Players to Watch on Wisconsin’s Side
- Emma Jaskaniec (Senior F): Leads the team in goals (3) and points (9).
- Aryssa Mahrt (Senior MF/F): Has recorded two goals and three assists.
- Erin McKinney (Graduate GK): With 27 saves this year, McKinney has allowed only five goals.
This game marks an important juncture in the season for both teams. Nebraska will be looking to cement their reputation as a force in the Big Ten, especially after being ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since October 2018. On the other hand, Wisconsin will aim to continue their winning streak and improve their already impressive record against Nebraska.
It’s all set for a cracking contest this Friday, and both teams will be fighting hard for those crucial conference points.
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