6 Katie Thyken  
Katie Thyken


Eden Prairie, Minn.

High School:
Eden Prairie HS



High School


Gophers to Salute Seniors vs Iowa

Minnesota will honor the senior class before hosting Iowa on Saturday


Senior Reflections

The senior class reflects on their time as Gophers


Stiever Leads Gophers to OT Victory

Minnesota tops Michigan State to earn first conference win


Gophers Open Big Ten Play

Minnesota travels to Michigan to take on the Wolverines and the Spartans


Gophers Travel to Rebel Classic

Minnesota will play Ole Miss and Auburn in the 2014 Rebel Classic


Gophers Beat Purdue 2-1

Katie Thyken scored twice as Minnesota beat Purdue in West Lafayette.


Gophers Prevail in OT

The Golden Gophers improved to 6-0 with a 2-1 overtime win against Ole Miss.


Gophers vs Ole Miss

Women's Soccer Action


Katie Thyken

Katie Thyken

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Named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list • One of four captains for the Gophers • Started all six games for the Maroon and Gold this season • Four shots with one on target this season.

Lead the team with 7 goals • 3 assists • Ending the season with a team best of 17 points • 34 shots with 16 shots on goal

NSCAA Scholar-Athlete Third Team •Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week during October 28, 2013 • Co-Captain during the 2013 season • Named to the NCAA Division I Women's All-Great Lakes Region Second Team by the NSCAA• Named to the Minnesota Gold Classic All-Tournament Team •

Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District • Academic All-Big Ten • Earned starting assignments in all 20 games for the Gophers • Scored seven goals and had six assists on the season • Scored two game-winning goals • Finished second on the team with a total of 20 points and second on team with a .226 shot percentage • Scored one unassisted goal in 2-3 loss to Florida State (Aug. 17) • Scored the lone goal against Western Kentucky in 1-0 win (Sept. 3) • Tallied one goal for the Gophers in the 1-2 loss to Ohio State (Sept. 16) • Had two assists in 3-2 win over Wisconsin (Sept. 27).

Appeared in 15 games with seven starts in 2011 but missed six games throughout the season, due to an ongoing ankle injury • Recorded five points (one goal, three assists) during the season • Missed the Maryland (8/19) and South Dakota State (8/21) matches, due to an ankle injury • Made collegiate debut at San Diego State (8/26) in a 2-1 loss • notched first career shot at UC Santa Barbara (8/28) in a 1-0 victory • Did not play in four of the next five matches due to an ankle injury • Tallied a career-high four shots in a 2-2 draw at Wisconsin (9/29) • Made first career start at Illinois (10/14) in a 1-0 loss • Notched first career goal, assist and point in a 3-1 home victory over Indiana (10/21) • Had two assists in the 6-3 Senior Night win against Nebraska (10/28).

2010 ESPN Rise All-American • Rounded out her high school career with an unbeaten senior season (20-0-1) as Eden Prairie earned the state title and finished the year ranked No. 1 in the nation • Eden Prairie also captured the 2010 Lake Conference Championship and the section title • Earned all-state and all-conference honors as a senior and was named to the 2010 All-Metro team and the 2010 all-tournament team • Also named all-state honorable mention and all-conference as a junior and all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore • High school team also captured the conference title in 2009 and was section champion and state finalist in 2008 • Four-year letter winner for Eden Prairie's soccer team • An AP Scholar with honor • National Honor Society member • also participated in Destination Imagination at Eden Prairie • Also played club soccer for EPSC United • 2010 Minnesota State Cup Champions • Team also finished fourth in Premier MRL and was ranked No. 14 in the country • A member of Minnesota ODP teams from 2004 through 2010 • Competed in the Region 2 pool in 2008 and 2009 • Played for coach Sean McKuras.

Daughter of Mike and Becky Thyken • Father played hockey at St. Thomas • Has an older brother, Steve • Born Aug. 9, 1993 • Plans to major in mechanical engineering • Chose Minnesota over Iowa, South Dakota State and M.I.T.

Getting to know Katie...
Best sports advice you ever received: "It is hard work and determination that will make you a great player. Natural skill can only take you so far in the game. If you really want to stand out and be an amazing player, you have to work for it."
Craziest ambition: Go to every Major League Baseball park in the nation.
Before a game, I... Try and eat a banana, and then I listen to Bohemian Rhapsody while putting my gear on.
Favorite quote: "Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like everything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." - Vince Lombardi
Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My father - he always pushed me to be my very best and lovedme no matter what.
Something that people should know about me, but don't... I used to be in Destination Imagination, which is a creative problem solving competition, and our team went to global finals three times.
Favorite athlete: Joe Nathan
Favorite book: The Harry Potter series
Who would play you in a movie about your life? Keira Knightly
Most treasured possession: My family and friends
Ten years from now, I want to be... I want to be working in the engineering field, starting a family and living a happy, fun life.

Season GP-GS G A Pts Sh Sh% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att
2011 15-7 1 3 5 12 .083 8 .667 0 0-0
TOTAL 15-7 1 3 5 12 .083 8 .667 0 0-0