Huskers Open Regular Season at Kansas
Nebraska (0-0) at Kansas (0-0)
Thursday, Aug. 22 • 7 p.m. (CT)
Rock Chalk Park
After playing a pair of exhibition matches, the Nebraska soccer team begins the regular season this week with a trip to Kansas to square off with the Jayhawks.
Kickoff for the season opener between the former conference foes is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT) at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan. Fans can watch the action via Big 12 Now on ESPN+ (subscription required), as Josh Klingler and Huw Williams call the action. Kansas will also provide a radio stream and live stats for the match. Twitter updates are available by following @NebraskaSoccer.
Last Time Out
The Huskers tied Arkansas, 0-0, in its second and final exhibition match of the season at Razorback Field last Thursday night. The match spanned 90 minutes, as no overtime period was played.
The Huskers host a pair of 2018 NCAA Tournament participants next weekend at Hibner Stadium to open their 2019 home slate. NU battles Clemson on Friday, Aug. 30 (7:05 p.m.) before facing Baylor on Sunday, Sept. 1 (7:05 p.m.).
• Seniors Meg Brandt, Sinclaire Miramontez and Savanah Uveges each received Big Ten Preseason Honors recognition, announced by the conference on Monday.
• The Big Ten also released its preseason poll on Monday, as voted on by the conference coaches. Nebraska is picked to finish seventh in the conference. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the Big Ten Tournament.
• Senior defender Sinclaire Miramontez earned a spot on the 2019 Women’s MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, announced by the United Soccer Coaches on Aug. 1. Miramontez is one of 57 student-athletes named to the watch list. The award honors the national player of the year as selected by the United Soccer Coaches.
• Nebraska continues its tradition of playing a strong schedule in 2019. This year’s slate features games against 10 NCAA Tournament qualifiers from last season, including four that advanced to the Sweet 16 and two that reached the Elite Eight.
• Each of the first five games of the regular season are against 2018 NCAA Tournament participants. During Big Ten play, five of Nebraska’s 11 conference opponents qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.
• Four of Nebraska’s 2019 opponents earned spots in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Aug. 6. The teams are USC (5), Penn State (6), Baylor (14) and Wisconsin (16).
• The Huskers have nine regular-season home games scheduled for their fifth season at Barbara Hibner Stadium in 2019. During each of the first four years at Hibner Stadium, the Huskers averaged more than 1,000 fans per home game. NU has ranked in the top 25 nationally and in the top two of the Big Ten in average attendance during all four years at the venue.
• The Huskers took an international trip this summer when they visited Scotland from June 11-23. The team won each of its five games and also explored different parts of the country, including Stirling, Forfar, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Edinburgh.
Scouting the Kansas Jayhawks
• In its lone exhibition match, Kansas tied Omaha, 0-0, on Friday in Lawrence, Kan.
• Kansas is receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Aug. 6. The Jayhawks are the equivalent of the No. 34 ranking.
• Last season, Kansas went 12-6-3 and finished sixth in the Big 12 with a 5-4-0 mark in conference play. The Jayhawks qualified for the NCAA Tournament and made it to the second round.
• Nebraska leads the all-time series between the former conference foes, 18-3-2, dating back to the first meeting in 1995. The Huskers have won each of the last six meetings, including a 3-0 triumph in 2017, the most recent match between the two teams.
• After facing Nebraska, the Jayhawks continue their weekend homestand by hosting Loyola-Chicago on Sunday.
• Head Coach Mark Francis is 219-163-34 in his 21st season at Kansas. He holds a career record of 252-188-35 in his 24th year overall. Francis is assisted by Kelly Miller, Laura Jackson and Derek Shoare.
• Players to Watch
- #12 Katie McClure (Senior F): Team-high 11 goals last season
- #24 Elise Reina (Senior D): Team-high six assists last season
- #00 Sarah Peters (Sophomore GK): Recorded nine shutouts and 57 saves in 21 games last season