Now that the Nebraska soccer team has won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, the Huskers have new plans.
“Now our next goal is NCAA champions,” midfielder Caroline Gray said. “We are really excited.”
The Huskers learned Monday that they'll host Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
The Lady Lions (14-3-5) won the Southland Conference tournament title to clinch an automatic berth.
Nebraska (18-3-1) is the second seed in its region, with Florida State earning the top spot in that part of the bracket.
Eight schools from the Big Ten qualified, including Iowa, which will play at Notre Dame in the first round at 6 p.m. Friday. The Huskers beat the Hawkeyes 1-0 in the Big Ten tournament title match Sunday.
Gray said the Huskers expected to be a first or second seed, but it was still exciting to hear the actual announcement.
“We were stoked. We were biting our nails for our name to be called,” Gray said. “When it was, it was the coolest feeling ever. Just kind of a weight lifted off our shoulders.”
It will be the Huskers' 11th tournament appearance and first since 2005, also the last time NU hosted a national postseason match.
It was a long bus ride home from Champaign, Ill., after beating Iowa for its first Big Ten title, so coach John Walker is giving the team Tuesday off to rest and catch up with classes. Then the Huskers will start studying their opponent.
Gray said she's tired, but ready to go after learning the Huskers' seeding Monday.
“It got us really excited to start our next journey,” she said.
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