Simone Kolander
Simone  Kolander


Lakeville, Minn.

High School:
Lakeville North HS




Center Stage: Simone Kolander

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


Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

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


Big Ten Honors Gophers for Academics

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


Helverson, Kolander Named 2015 Captains

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


Gophers Upset No. 25 Michigan, 1-0

Wodnick scores the golden goal to lead Gophers to semifinals


Gophers vs Ole Miss

Women's Soccer Action


Simone Kolander

Simone Kolander

Named First Team Senior CLASS Award All-American • selected to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team • named Big Ten Forward of the Year for the second-straight season • named to All-Big Ten First Team • tallied an assist in shutout vs. Maryland • scored with two seconds left in shutout over Nebraska • tallied a goal and an assist in win over Iowa • notched an assist in win at Purdue • named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after the opening weekend of conference play • tallied goal in win over Ohio State • scored lone goal in tie vs. Penn State • recorded two goals in win against Santa Clara • tallied one goal and two assists vs. Villanova • scored two goals in win against Eastern Michigan • recorded a goal and assist shutout against Utah • scored in win at Kansas • named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Big Ten Forward of the Year • led league in game winning goals • 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 Lakes Region First Team • named Academic All-Big Ten • started in each game of the season • notched goal at Iowa • recorded two goals in win against Nebraska, one off of a penalty kick • scored a goal in her fifth-straight game during win vs. Indiana • tabbed espnW Player of the Week on Sept. 23 • Notched a goal in win against Purdue • named B1G Offensive Player of the Week after scoring game-winning goals against Ohio State and Penn State • earned game-winning goal in win at Penn State • scored game-winning goal Ohio State • notched a goal in victory against Omaha • posted two goals within three minutes of each other against NDSU • played in the W-League with the Seattle Sounders during the summer.

Started each of the Gophers twenty-one games • tied in the record book for 9 assists within a single season • earned an assist against Illinois • assisted Josee Stiever and Taylor Stainbrook for two of the three goals during the Nebraska match • tallied an assist during the Michigan match  • scored goal vs. Purdue • scored in 2OT battle with Ole Miss • scored in victory over SDSU • named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26 after 4 goals and 5 assists over weekend games • recorded assist vs. Florida State • scored two goals and set a Minnesota record of four assists in a single match in win over Stetson.

Played in all 20 games.

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.

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

Simone Kolander's Career Statistics
2016 23 11 6 28 86 38
2015 22 10 1 21 53 29
2014 20 5 8 18 59 19
2013 21 2 5 9 32 10
Career Totals 86 28 20 76 230 96


Summer Soccer: June 19

Summer Soccer: June 19

6/19/2018 - W. Soccer

There were some phenomenal games played this past weekend with five current University of Minnesota soccer players and one alumnus picking up a total record of 2-2-0.

Get to Know the Gophers: Marisa Windingstad

Get to Know the Gophers: Marisa Windingstad

6/13/2018 - W. Soccer

GopherSports.com will sit down with each player on the 2018 team to get to know them better on and off the field!

Summer Soccer: June 12

Summer Soccer: June 12

6/12/2018 - W. Soccer

Five current soccer players and one alumnus continued their play in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) the past few weeks.

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