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Simone Kolander
Simone  Kolander

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lakeville, Minn.

High School:
Lakeville North HS

Height:
5-11

Position:
Forward/Midfielder


02/01/2016

Center Stage: Simone Kolander

Simone Kolander displayed her musical talent long before she became one of the nation's top soccer players.

12/09/2015

Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom

12/09/2015

Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

Student-athletes from the University of Minnesota honored for performance in classroom

03/31/2015

Helverson, Kolander Named 2015 Captains

Haley Helverson and Simone Kolander have been chosen to lead the Gophers in 2015.

11/06/2014

Gophers Upset No. 25 Michigan, 1-0

Wodnick scores the golden goal to lead Gophers to semifinals

09/08/2013

Gophers vs Ole Miss

Women's Soccer Action

02/06/2013

Simone Kolander

Simone Kolander

CAREER: 62gp, 17g, 15a, 49pts, 148sh, 58sog

2015 • JUNIOR YEAR • 22gp, 22gs, 10g, 1a, 21pts, 53sh, 29sog 
Big Ten Forward of the Year • led league in game winning goals (22gp, Mp.6, avg./g 0.27) • Co-Captain of the team • ranked No. 9 on TopDrawerSoccer.com Women's Conference Top 20 • listed No. 47 on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Postseason Women's National Top 100 list • Named to the NSCAA All-American Third Team • named to the All-Great Lake's Region First Team • named Academic All-Big Ten • started in each game of the season for Minnesota • Notched her tenth goal of the season at Iowa (10/11) • recorded two goals in the Gophers’ win against Nebraska, one off of a penalty kick (10/8) • scored a goal in her fifth-straight game during Minnesota’s win vs. Indiana (09/27/2015) • tabbed espnW Player of the Week (9/23) • Notched a goal in the Gophers’ home win against Purdue (9/25) • named B1G Offensive Player of the Week after scoring game-winning goals against Ohio State and Penn State (9/22) • earned the Gophers’ lone goal in win at Penn State (9/20) • scored game-winning goal during Minnesota’s match against Ohio State (9/17) • notched a goal in the Gophers’ victory against Omaha (9/13) posted two goals within three minutes of each other during the match against NDSU (8/21) • played in the W-League with the Seattle Sounders during the summer.

2014 • SOPHOMORE YEAR • 20gp, 5g, 8a, 18pts, 59sh, 19sog
Started each of the Gophers twenty-one games • joined Gophers soccer alumni - Taylor Uhl (2012), Nicole Lee (1998), Alison Rackley (1998) and Jennifer Walek (1993) in the Gopher record book for 9 assists within a single season • assist to Taylor Wodnick during the Illinois match to mark her 9th of the season (10/12) • assisted Josee Stiever and Taylor Stainbrook for two of the three goals during the Nebraska match (10/9) • tallied one assist during the Michigan match (9/12) • scored fifth goal of the season during the Purdue match (9/26) • scored fourth goal of the season during the Gophers double-overtime battle with Ole Miss (9/5) • Scored third goal of the season during the Gophers 2-0 victory over SDSU (8/30) • named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after 4 goals and 5 assists weekend for the Maroon and Gold (8/26) • assisted Ashley Pafko in Gophers lone goal during the Florida State Match (8/24) • scored two goals and tallied four assists (set a Minnesota record for assists in a single match) during the Gophers 10-0 victory over Stetson (8/22). 

2013 • FRESHMAN YEAR • 21gp, 2g, 5a, 9pts, 34sh, 10sog
Played in all 20 games during the 2013 season.

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB
Two-time Gatorade State Soccer Player of the Year finalist (2011, 2012) • four-time All-Conference first team selection • two-time Minnesota All-State First Team • two-time Star Tribune All-Metro First Team • two-time Pioneer Press All-Metro First Team • 2012 NSCAA High School All-Region Team • 2012 Eastbay Senior All-Star Classic MVP • 2012 Class AA Ms. Soccer Minnesota finalist • 2011 ESPNHS Girls Soccer State All-Star team • 2011 Star Tribune Metro Soccer Player of the Year • two-time South Suburban Conference #1 ranked player (2012, 2011) • two-time Class AA Minnesota State Tournament All-Tournament Team (2012, 2011) • 2012 Team MVP award • three-time Team Offensive MVP (2011, 2010, 2009) • 2009 Team Rookie of the Year • 2012 KARE 11 Athlete of the Week • two-time StarTribune Athlete of the Week (2012, 2011) • helped her team to three state tournament appearances, three section championships (2009, 2011, 2012), and two conference championships (2011, 2012) • in 2012, guided Lakeville North HS to an 18-2-2 record and a third place finish at the Class AA State Tournament • took fourth place in 2011 after being ranked the No. 1 team in Class AA • part of the only undefeated team in the 2011 regular season • stands as Lakeville North's school record holder in career goals (66), career assists (52), single season goals (23) and single season assists (29) • served as team captain in 2011 and 2012 • four-time letterwinner in soccer and basketball • with basketball team, made three state tournament appearances and captures three section championships and two conference titles • 2010 Class AAAA State Champions • 2011 All-Conference First Team and Pioneer Press All-East Metro Team • 2010 All-Conference Honorable Mention • also participated on the Lakeville North's track team, competing in the 200m, 4x200m, 400m, 4x400m, and triple jump events, helping the squad to a 2010 True Team Sectional Championship • participated in multiple extracurricular activities, earning additional letters in track (1), DECA (3), and Choir (4) • AP and Honors student • took three years of Advanced Marketing & DECA courses • has competed and placed in District and State competitions for public speaking and sports marketing • played for Minnesota Thunder Academy • played in Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) since its inception - (U15 through U18) • took second place in Challenge B at the 2012 U17 ECNL National Championships • two-time Minnesota State Cup Champions (2011, 2010) • 2010 ECNL Las Vegas Showcase Champions • two-time Minnesota State Cup Finalists (2009, 2008) • two-time participant at the Region II Championships • member of the Minnesota Olympic Development Program from 2006 to 2010 • member of the 2010 Minnesota '94 ODP team that was a semifinalist at ODP Region II Tournament.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Natalie and Chad Kolander • Has two siblings (Austin, Drew) • Born Dec. 29, 1994 • majoring in Communication Studies.

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