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Soccer team , Texas A&M
By Jay Saunders
Assignment Reporter
Heading into what certainly is
Nebraska soccer team’s most
important early-season weekend, the
Cornhuskers are hoping to continue
to make a statement by lighting up
the scoreboard.'
The 4-0 Huskers have moved
into the top five in the latest
NSCAA coaches’ poll after last
week’s No. 5 team, Connecticut, lost
to Hartford. The Huskies fall out of
the top 15 helped Nebraska take
over the No. 5 spot. NU travels to
Austin, Texas, to face Texas on
Friday and plays 1 lth-ranked Texas
A&M Sunday in College Station.
NU has poured in 13 goals in
Xfour games this season, while only
giving up three. Out of those 13
goals, eight have come from the
striker position.
Nebraska coach John Walker
said after & rocky start, he is pleased
with how.the players up front are
“We seem to compete with an
said he was not pleased with the
offensive performance against
DePaul and Southern California.
The Huskers scored four goals
against the Blue Demons but strug
gled with several missed scoring
NU scored two goals against
USC, but failed to put the game
away in the last 20 minutes after the
Women of Troy scored a goal to
make the score 2-1.
A seven-goal weekend has
caused Walker to change his tune.
The Huskers did not score a goal
in the first half against both
Colorado and Vanderbilt. Against
the Buffaloes, though, NU was
down 1-0 at halftime and scored five
second-half goals. The Huskers also
scored two goals in the second half
against Vanderbilt.
Walker said the Huskers played
much better soccer in the second
weekend of competition, both offen
sively and defensively.
“This weekend was a major
improvement,” Walker said. “We
want our players to attack without
inhibition. We were able to physical
ly impose ourselves on our oppo
The offensive attack has been
led by junior Kim Engesser.
Engesser transferred this season
from Portland after limited playing
time her sophomore year.
This season has been a complete
turnaround for the junior from
Huntington Beach, Calif., who
scored only one goal last season.
She has four goals in four games this
Engesser is not the only player
putting in a scoring contribution.
Sophomores Lindsay Eddleman,
Isabelle Momeau and senior Kristen
Gay have each scored a goal from
the striker position. And, after not
scoring a goal against DePaul,
senior co-captain Kari Uppinghouse
has come alive, scoring goals in both
the USC and Colorado games.
The Huskers are still missing the
services of senior Becky Hogan,
who is recovering from a cracked
tibia she injured before the season
started. On Monday, Hogan tested at
90 percent and could play against
Texas and Texas A&M this week
Walker said the team has missed
the athleticism and leadership
Hogan brings to the field.
“We will have to see in practice
this week how she does,” Walker
said. “We don’t want to jeopardize
her entire season to play in two big
games this weekend.”
When Hogan does come back,
Walker said he doesn’t know what
role she will play. NU has had sever
al players step up in Hogan’s
absence, including sophomore Amy
Walsh played for McGill
University in Canada last season
before joining the Huskers this sea
son. The 5-8 midfielder has one
assist while playing in a backup role.
Walker said the addition of
Walsh has been important for the
“Amy has given us a real spark
off the bench,” Walker said. “She
does a good job raising the intensity
level when she comes in.”
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‘Freak’ injury can’t knock down NUguard
By David Wilson
Senior Reporter
Ice isn’t always the best cure for
a sore knee.
Just ask Nebraska point guard
Tyronn Lue.
The 6-foot junior was selected
to play on the USA Basketball 22 &
Under World Championships Team
last summer, but his playing stint
was cut short when an ice wrap irri
tated the peroneal nerve in his right
“They took the ice off, I started
walking and I fell,” Lue said.
Lue suffered the injury July 18
during the team’s training camp in
Newport Beach, Calif., and he
missed the final three days of prac
tice before the team traveled to
Australia to compete in the
International Basketball Federation
22 & Under World Championships.
Despite the injury, Lue made the
trip to Australia, but five days later
a decision was made to replace him.
“I was very disappointed
because the training camp we had to
go through was hard,” Lue said.
“That was the hard part. I made it
through all the hard parts except for
the one day when I got hurt. Not to
be able to play in the world games -
that was hard for me.
“But that’s OK, as long as I’m
ready to go Tor the season.”
The feeling in his leg came back
three days after the ice incident, Lue
said, but he has yet to return to full
strength. The icing caused the nerve
to go dead and made the muscles in
his calf weaken, Lue said.
Lue started playing basketball
again two weeks ago, and said he
works about 40 minutes each day to
regain the strength in his leg.
Nebraska coach Danny Nee said
Lue has improved to nearly 80 per
cent and will be ready to play in the
Comhuskers season-opening exhi
bition, Nov. 5 against Pella
“It’s really a freak thing,” Nee
said, “but he’ll have a 100 percent
A similar experience happened
to Anaheim Angels outfielder
Rickey Henderson, Lue said, and it
took Henderson a full year to recov
er. Doctors- say Lue will be back at
100 percent within a month, he said.
But the experience he gained
this summer outweighs having to go
through rehabilitation, he said.
While Lue was in California, the
world championships team compet
ed in the FILA Summer Pro League
at Long Beach State University. The
team finished 4-2 against NBA
competition thatincluded Jerry
Stackhouse, Kobe Bryant and for
mer Nebraska star Eric Piatkowski.
“I think it was a really valuable
experience,” Nee said. “He played
against NBA players, and he estab
lished some good work ethics.”
Nee said he expects Lue, who
was selected to the 12-man 22-and
under team out of 66 candidates, to
continue to improve this season.
“We think that he’s maturing and
growing,” Nee said. “He’s a leader
on the court and off the court.”
They took the ice off, I started walking
and I fell.”
Nebraska point guard
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