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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 3, 1997)
Every Monday*hight, I lose my
I yell for 45 minutes straight, and
no one yells back at me. Six little
boys look at me, nod and say “OK,
coach.” Then, we drink juice boxes.
Usually, they do the exact oppo
site of what I tell them. Not out of
spite, just because their way is more
fun than mine. And they really don’t
understand the importance of
defense. All they want is to score a
Alex, cnaa, Dave, Jay, Joe and
Sean are only in the first grade, and
I’m their YMCA micro-soccer
coach. They still play soccer
because it’s fun. They don’t com
prehend wins or losses. They aren’t
thinking about scholarships or
national championships or the
money of the pros. r’ilJ ‘ •
They’re thinking about haying fim.
FSr fttfe;retbr<tHi/e’ve ottiy lost
two games this season. And we con
tributed to our first demise (4-2) by
scoring a goal on ourselves in the
first half. I don’t feel bad. The team
we lost to scored 22 goals in 24
minutes the game before.
* When I started coaching, I
thought we were going to get killed
every game we played. I was inex
perienced in soccer coaching, and
the best advice the manual had was,
“Let them play, they’ll figure it
out.” For our first practice, we ran a
few passing drills and a few scoring
drilK thtenstailed'the game. c
u ftncfo-kofccer is different froth '
anything you’ve ever seen. The
field and goals are smaller and it’s
three-on-three. The YMCA gives
you 45 minutes with your team
every Monday night. The first 20
minutes you practice, then you play
two 12-minute halves with a one
minute halftime. Then, the game is
over and everyone has juice boxes.
These six guys have reminded
me what sports is all about. It isn’t
about whether you win or lose - most
times my boys ask if we won or not -
it’s about having fun on die field. It’s
about playing with your friends, not
about off-the-field problems.
Besides, they’re all pretty tal
ented. It’s no coincidence that we
win more than we lose.
Sean is a left-footed power
house. Chad is a speedster who
almost has wings on his feet. Alex
will bowl over anyone to get to die
ball. Jay, although he’s the smallest
in stature, can put a pass on his
Joe has a good shot, and always
knows where the net is. Dave is die
most-improved player, he can steal
the ball away from anyone. I just stand
there and yell instructions. They listen
briefly, then they have fun.
I don’t care, I’m their coach. I
always get a juice box.
Oseka is a senior news-editor
ial major and a Daily Nebraskan
senior reporter. .
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NU SOPHOMORE FULLBACK Ben Kingston carried the ball last year against Kansas State lor a six-yard gain in the
Huskers’ 39-3 win in Manhattan, Kan. Rushing yards against the Wildcats may be difficult this year as KSU only
averages giving up 114 yards a game on the ground.
NU expects challenge
Osborne: K-State deserves attention
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By Antone Oseka
Even after 29 straight years of wins against Kansas
State, Nebraska isn’t overlooking the Wildcats.
Instead, the NU coaching staff thinks this could be the
toughest game left on the Comhusker schedule.
“It’s not a team with obvious weakness,” Nebraska
coach Tom Osborne said. “I would say, looking at the
remainder of our schedule ,.. Kansas State is the most
dangerous team we have left. Now that may change, but
the way they are playing now, I don’t see anyone playing
as well as Kansas State is right now.”
'" The Huskers (3-0) and the Wildcats (3-0) kick off at
6:07 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in a game that
will be televised seminationally on FX.
Nebraska is coming off a 27-14 upset win over
Washington two weeks ago, while KSU shut out Bowling
Green 58-0 last week. It was an impressive outing for the
Midcats as they had over 638 yards of offense, 429 on the
“I carPt remember a K-State team having more than
400 yards rushing,” Osborne said. “They ran the ball
... /do/i’t see anyone playing
as well as Kansas State is right
Nebraska football coach
Nebraska will be looking to shut down the Wildcat
offense while trying to counter with some offense of its
own. Against Bowling Green, the Kansas State defense
allowed only 56 yards of total offense.
“I don’t care who you are playing,” Osborne said of
the Wildcats’ win over Bowling Green, “when a team
plays that well, it has to get people’s attention.”
The biggest factor Saturday might be the Memorial
Stadium crowd, as many Kansas State players haven’t
Please see KSU on 10
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By Jay Saunders
The No. 10 Nebraska women’s soccer team is
- halfway through an eight-game home stand that con
| finues this weekend with a 7 p.m. game Friday
i against Missouri, and a 1 p.m. gainer on Sunday
I against Kansas at the Abbott Sports Complex. H
I i The Cornhuskers (8-2 overall, 4-2 in the Big 12)
i have won four straight games, and all four have been
1 shutouts. Wins against conference foes Iowa State,
j§ Baylor and Texas Tech have pushed the Huskers into
fourth in the Big 12. *
Missouri (3-6,1-4) and Kansas (3-7.1-4) are both
young teams in the bottom half of the conference
After the Huskers’ 5-0 victory oVerTexas Tech
| (which also has a losing conference record) last
weekend, Nebraska coach John Walker said the team
did not play a great game against the Red Raiders
Walker said die level of the opposition shouldn’t
be a factor in the Huskers’ performance.
“We should have a standard that is acceptable to
| us,” Walker said. “It should be a constant in training
and in every game.”
What has been a constant is Nebraska’s ability to
keep its opponents off the scoreboard. In the last six
games, NU has only allowed two goals. For the sea
son, the Huskers have only allowed five goals.
Last weekend against Baylor and Tech, the
Huskers shut down three of the conference’s leading
scorers while recording two shutouts.
One of the keys to die Husker defense this season
has been senipr all-American goalkeeper Rebecca
Hornbacher, who sprained her thumb against Texas
Tech but has been cleared to play this weekend.
Hornbacher is seventh in the nation and second in the
region with 0.47 goals against average.
NO, which enters this weekend with four consec
utive shutouts, is going for a school record. The
Husker record for consecutive shutouts is five, but
Walker said the team is not thinking about the record.
“We talk hbout good, solid team-defending,”
Walker said. “If you have that then the stats take care
Please see SOCCER on 10
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to face NU
■ The Tigers’ record has
soared under the direction
of Coach Disa Johnson.
By Shannon Heffelfinger
In three years at the helm of the
Missouri volleyball team, Coach
Disa Johnson has directed the Tigers
through a slow climb out of the bot
tom of the Big 12 Conference.
One month into her fourth sea
son, the Tigers (11-6 overall, 0-2 in
the conference) have taken a sudden
ine Missouri volley Dan team
returns the same personnel from last
season’s 0-28 squad, but Johnson
said Nebraska will face a new and
improved Tiger version Saturday at 4
p.m. at the NU Coliseum.
The Huskers face Iowa State
tonight at 7:30 at the NU Coliseum.
MU has posted an 11-6 record in
1997, a number that almost equals
the 15 wins accumulated in
“We’re just playing at a different
back when we’re pushed at. We never
had the ability to do that before.
“I know we’re maturing. We’ve
been though the growing pains and
we’re turning things around. It’s just
part of the process, and I think we’ve
turned the comer.”
Johnson points to the emergence
of freshman setter Heather Gerber as
a factor in the team’s early season
success this year. Gerber, who has
totaled 496 assists and averages 9.36
assists per game, has allowed the
team to improve offensively.
“We’ve always had good hitters,
but we’ve never had a setter to go
with her,” Johnson said. “The reason
last year happened the way it did is
because we didn’t have a setter. Both
of them were hurt, and we had an
outside hitter setting for us. In our
conference, it’s very difficult to win
really close matches without that
Nebraska owns a JZ-match win
ning streak over the Tigers, and has
swept Missouri 12 times since 1984.
But Johnson said her team - which
lost to No. 1 Penn State and fourth
ranked Stanford earlier this season -
is not intimidated by Nebraska.
“The coach that used to be here
just wanted the team to try to score a
few points when it played teams like
Nebraska,” Johnson said. “That’s not
our mentality since I’ve been here.
“Straight up, player for player,
Nebraska is obviously mine talented
than us. But if they take us lightly, it
could be a great match.”
Nebraska junior outside hitter
Renee Saunders suffered a fractured
left foot Thursday morning. The
team will not.know the seriousness
of the injury until viewing X-rays,
NU assistant coach Cathy Nodi said,
but Saunders is expected to be side
lined for four weeks.
“She is one of our better ball han
dlers defensively, so we will lode for
others to step up,” Noth said. “It
could be Megan Korver or Katie
Jahnke playing the full rotation now.”
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