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Then imagine you got a second chance.
That’s the story for Husker senior Jordan Jackson, as the all-conference selection missed out on last year due to injury. Fortunately, the NCAA granted Jackson another year, giving her one last shot to get the Huskers back in the NCAA tournament during her time in Lincoln. Although one player is hardly enough to make a postseason run, having Jackson back in the mix is exactly what the 2013 Huskers need, giving NU an even deeper senior class.
While it’s yet to be seen if Jackson will stay up top as a forward or spend the majority of her time in the midfield, but no matter where the senior lines up she has the ability to make plays for herself and teammates. Nebraska soccer fans may remember Jackson’s early years at NU for the scoring exploits of Morgan Marlborough, but Jackson had a lot to do with Marlborough’s success, as she will look to combine with junior Mayme Conroy this season and recreate the potency of her early years as a Husker.
Junior Ridge Kiley earned an at-large bid for the NCAA championships in the 133-pound division.
Story by Patrick Radigan
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After a rocky end to the regular season, the Nebraska volleyball team came out on fire in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to sweep Jackson State at the NU Coliseum.
Senior Brooke Delano led Nebraska with ten kills on just 16 swings while contributing three block assists. Junior Gina Mancuso was the only other Husker in double digit kills also contributing ten kills on the night as Nebraska hit .438 to get the sweep over Jackson State.
Blog by Patrick Radigan, Corn Fed Sports
It may be a stretch to put too much worth into early season soccer matches, but the way Nebraska women’s soccer team has opened the year has the Huskers sitting in a positive position heading into the heart of their schedule.
Now I know what you may be saying at this point: Is 3-3-1 really that great of a start? Numbers wise? No, not particularly. So what makes this year different? The answer is simple; it’s not how NU has played, it’s who. Through seven games in NU’s previous two seasons, the Huskers combined record is 9-3-2, losing as many games in the two year span as NU has lost this season alone. However, at the end of each season the Huskers have walked away without earning a place in the NCAA tournament, a self-proclaimed goal of an NU program that is currently in the middle of the only NCAA drought the program has seen.
This year, though, NU decided to do anything within their power to fix that, and it is that change that has made all the difference.
The easiest way of showing the change in attitude this year is by simply listing the team’s that highlight the Husker’s early season exploits; teams like North Carolina (who is currently the top team in the country), Wake Forest and former Big 12 foe Baylor. NU even has a road win over a ranked Virginia Tech squad.
So how does that compare to previous years? It’s not even close. Although the Huskers have had tough tests in their recent non-conference schedule, teams like Lamar, IUPUI and a pair of colleges with Loyola in their names highlight the list instead of the major conference teams NU has taken on this year.
Now, while it’s good to be able for NU to say they’ve taken on tougher teams, it’s not just the strength of schedule boost that will pay dividends for the squad: It’s the entire experience.
Not counting the 6-0 win over Arkansas (a major conference opponent) an 8-1 drubbing of Northern Arizona, Nebraska fallen behind in all of their other matches so far this season. While no coach would ever wish to be trailing, however, the early resiliency of Husker coach John Walker’s squad is a positive that it is hard to ignore.
Sure his squad has fallen behind too many times by his count, but the fact that NU has equalized in all five of those games is something that will pay off during conference play. That means that should the Huskers fall behind in conference play, the attitude for NU shifts from if they can equalize to when that goal will come. That kind of attitude can be the difference between a heartbreaking loss and a hard-fought tie.
Resiliency like that can even put the idea of a comeback win on the table, and in a sport like soccer, the first step to accomplishing any goal is having the belief and confidence that it can be done.
And that’s exactly what has happened in the first seven games of the year: Nebraska has proven to themselves, the coaching staff, and even the fans packed into the Nebraska Soccer Field that they have what it takes to compete on a national level.
Now it’s time for them to go out and do it.
Patrick Radigan made sure he finished this column in time to enjoy Matchday One of the UEFA Champions League, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, concerns or questions.