As crazy as it seems, the upcoming 2012 season will be the University of Minnesota's 20th
year of having a women's soccer program. To pay tribute to the past 19
seasons, we will take a look back in time this summer and highlight the
evolution of Gopher soccer year-by-year. The weekly updates will help us
commemorate all the great moments in program history as we head into
the highly-anticipated 2012 season, which kicks off August 17 at
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against NCAA College Cup participant
Today's installment takes us to 2001, which was a season where Minnesota struggled to put the ball in the back of the net, and for the second-straight season, the Golden Gophers finished under .500.
Schedule/Results l Roster l Statistics
The Maroon & Gold began the 2001 season on a positive note with a 1-0 victory over Xavier on the road. Both teams were scoreless through the first half, but Minnesota's Rachael Roth put the ball in at the 85-minute mark.
The Gophers weren't as fortunate in the next three matches as they were shutout by Cincinnati, Brigham Young and St. Mary's.
Minnesota would recuperate over the next week and then squeeze out a victory in their first Big Ten Conference of the year at Ohio State. The Golden Gophers, who struggled to generate offensive opportunities all season, notched the lone goal of the match in the 64th minute when senior Allison Rackley found the back of the net. Despite being outshot, 21-1, Minnesota pulled out the triumph again the Buckeyes.
After dropping the next game to Penn State, 4-0, the Gophers returned home to host Illinois and snag a 2-0 win. Roth was credited with both goals as she scored one in each period.
The Maroon & Gold would continue to struggle scoring goals as they dropped their next four matches, losing to Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern. In those four games, Minnesota tallied two goals while their opponents combined for nine.
Minnesota would snap the losing streak on the road as they trumped border-rival Wisconsin 2-1 in overtime. The Badgers would get on the board first in the 56th minute, but the Gophers rallied as Roth equalized the game in the 74th minute. As the first overtime came close to expiring, Samantha Meyers was the hero as she dribbled a shot in from six yards out to snap the losing streak.
Despite having an energetic, overtime win over Wisconsin, Minnesota would falter in their next four matches as they were shutout in four-straight games.
With one game remaining, the Gophers wanted to end the season on a high note as the hosted Iowa State, and that is what they did as they defeated the Cyclones 1-0 in overtime. Again, Roth came up with the heroics as she notched the game winner in the 112th minute.
The win ended Minnesota's season with a 5-12-0 overall record and 3-7-0 mark in the Big Ten. All in all, the Gophers only scored nine goals on the season, which was and is still the lowest scoring season in program history.