September 1, 2014

Abdullah named Big Ten offensive player of the week

I-back Ameer Abdullah was honored by the Big Ten Conference Monday, as he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

Abdullah earned the award after rushing for a career-high 232 yards on 21 carries in a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. His rushing total was the 15th-most in Nebraska school history, while he broke the 100-yard rushing barrier for the 18th time in his career. Abdullah also became the sixth Husker to rush for 3,000 career yards while climbing to sixth on NU’s career rushing chart. His efforts helped Nebraska establish a Big Ten record with 784 yards of total offense.

It is the second time Abdullah has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and the fifth time in his career he has earned a Big Ten weekly award.

Omaha Storm Chasers win their fourth straight division title

The Omaha Storm Chasers (75-67) clinched a franchise record fourth straight division title, eliminating the Oklahoma City RedHawks with a 13-8 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to win the American Conference North. The Storm Chasers will face the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate) in the American Conference Championship at Werner Park.

Omaha will host Games 1 and 2 of the series this Wednesday and Thursday, with both days having start times of 7:05 p.m., while Games 3-5 will be played at AutoZone Park in Memphis. During the 2014 season, the Storm Chasers and Redbirds split their 16 games at 8-8.

Omaha entered their final series of the season trailing Oklahoma City by 2.0 games, but reeled off four straight wins over the Sky Sox while the RedHawks suffered three straight losses to the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines to help them capture the crown. The Chasers are the only team in the Pacific Coast League to qualify for the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.


Husker volleyball will grow from this past weekend’s losses against ranked teams

The seventh-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell to No. 3 Stanford, 3-0, in the final game of the AVCA Showcase on Sunday.  Stanford won the first two sets 25-17 and won 13 of the 17 rallies to go up 19-14 en route to a 25-19 win in the third and final game.

Junior Kelsey Fien led the Huskers with nine kills, while Mary Pollmiller and Alicia Ostrander each had five kills. Pollmiller’s five kills came on 11 attacks for a team-best .364 hitting percentage, and she added 24 assists. Freshman Annika Albrecht had 10 digs, as did sophomore Amber Rolfzen.

Jordan Burgess led three Stanford players with double-digit kills with a match-high 14. She also had 12 digs. Morgan Boukather added 13 kills and 18 digs, while Inky Ajanaku posted 10 kills and hit .500 to lead the Cardinal to a team hitting percentage of .365. The Huskers hit just .131 on the afternoon but committed 10 fewer errors than the 26 on Friday against Florida State. Madi Bugg had 46 of Stanford’s 53 assists and was successful four times on her five attacks.

The Huskers will hit the road for the first time this season at the Flyer-Raider Invitational next weekend in Dayton, Ohio. NU will play at Dayton on Friday at 6 p.m. (Central) and then face CSU Bakersfield at 10 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Husker soccer rallies from two-goal deficit for first road win

Facing a 2-0 deficit in the second half, the Nebraska soccer team (3-1) rallied with three goals over the final 26 minutes to defeat Marquette, 3-2, at Valley Fields on Sunday afternoon.  Sophomore Jaycie Johnson scored a pair of goals, giving her four on the season.

Johnson put the Huskers on the board in the 65th minute and her second goal of the day in the 83rd minute off an assist from senior Caroline Gray to put Nebraska up for good.  All three of Johnson’s shots on Sunday were on goal as Nebraska totaled seven against the Golden Eagles’ defense.  Senior Mayme Conroy also scored for the Huskers  in the 69th minute.

Nebraska goalkeeper Kelly Schatz earned four saves over 90 minutes of play. Marquette took 13 shots for the game as Jacie Jermier and Alex Heffron scored goals for the Golden Eagles. Jermier’s goal came in the 14th minute from a free kick, while Heffron scored in the 61st minute off an assist from Ann Marie Lynch.

Nebraska completes a 2-0 weekend after taking down Butler on Friday night at the Nebraska Soccer Field with a 1-0 win.

The Huskers return home for a pair of matches next weekend at the Nebraska Soccer Field. On Friday, NU hosts Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. (CT) before a Sunday match against North Dakota at 1 p.m.

Creighton men’s soccer off to 2-0 start after shutout on Sunday night.

The Creighton men’s soccer team edged Santa Clara 1-0 at Morrison Stadium Sunday night after a long weather delay between halves.
Creighton freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin scored his second career goal and game-winning tally of the season in the 59th minute. SeniorJose Ribas assisted on the score. With the win the Bluejays improve to 2-0-0. It marks the 19th consecutive season that Creighton stands unbeaten after two contests.

The first half ended in a scoreless draw. Santa Clara led Creighton 3-1 in shots on goal and 4-1 in corner kicks.  Immediately after the conclusion of the half, the game was delayed two hours and 51 minutes due to lightning.

Creighton came out with more energy and aggressive play in the second half. It paid off with the Lopez-Espin score. Creighton bettered its shot total from the first half by five and led in corners after the delay 3-1.  Creighton’s Connor Sparrow posted his second shutout of the season while playing a full 90 minutes in net to improve to 2-0-0 on the year.

The Jays return to the pitch on Friday night when they host Western Illinois at 7:30 p.m. CT inside Morrison Stadium.

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