For years, Kenley Memorial Hall in Omaha was a place for high school football players to practice their game and for Nebraska to honor its fallen warriors.
It was where the state’s largest city was celebrated by a national championship, when the Huskers won the national title for the first time in over a decade.
It is also where Nebraska became known for the way it hosted the funerals of fallen warriors, and the way a statue of a kneeling Nebraska flag was unveiled as part of the state flag during a ceremony in June.
This year, Kenleys Memorial Hall was also a home for the final of the U.S. Women’s College Cup tournament, when Nebraska defeated Oregon, 7-6.
It’s been a long road for Kenleys, but the team is back at home for a game against Iowa on Saturday night.
The Huskers are 0-3-0 this season, but they have been one of the nation’s top teams, with three straight victories.
And while Kenleys has lost two games this season (2-1 at Iowa), the Husker women’s basketball team is 6-1-0 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska women’s soccer is undefeated in five games, and senior midfielder Jessica Mowins is the Big 12 Player of the Year.
“We’ve been very lucky in the last three years, we’ve been playing with a lot of heart, but I think we’ve always been very good on the defensive end,” senior forward Emily Van Dyne said.
“It’s just a matter of getting it right on both ends of the field.”
This is a team that has been on a roll, but it is still early in the season.
The Hawkeyes are 3-1, and have been dominant on offense, as well.
The only thing missing was the goal.
They had eight shots on goal, but missed their first five attempts.
The Cornhuskers’ second-half goal came after a corner kick was blocked and was headed to the net by Van Dyn’s right foot.
Van Dynes and senior forward Amber Kallman put the ball in the net, but were held off the rebound by a couple of Hawkeyes defenders.
Mowans scored the game’s first goal on the opening goal.
After a scramble, Kallmans right-footed shot was headed in by a defender and the keeper.
Van dyne scored the second goal just three minutes into the second half, on the left side of the box.
A shot from the top of the area bounced off the goal post and the ball was headed into the back of the net.
Kallmann, who had the assist on the goal, had an assist on Van Dy’s second goal.
The third goal came on the final play of the first half.
A long ball from the left wing went over the top and was saved by the keeper before Kallmen headed it in.
“Our team is hungry,” said senior forward Molly Harkness.
“There’s a lot that needs to come together and that’s one of our goals this year.”
Mowens and Van Dyns have been scoring goals like crazy, and Iowa coach Karen LeBlanc said the Huskies have been doing it for years.
“They’ve always had great players on the team,” LeBlanco said.
LeBlanche said the team has always been a team of hard work and dedication.
“I think it was a little bit of a shift,” Leblanc said.
Kallas was named the conference player of the year, while Van Dyndes, Mowings and Van Diest were also nominated.
“For me, it’s all about putting it all together,” Van Dyned said.