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

2015 SEASON: 22gp, 22gs, 10g, 1a, 21pts, 53sh, 29sog 
CAREER: 62gp, 17g, 15a, 49pts, 148sh, 58sog

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 • Posted two goals within three minutes of each other during the match against NDSU (08/21/2015) • Notched a goal in the Gophers’ victory against Omaha (09/13/2015) • Scored game-winning goal during Minnesota’s match against Ohio State (09/17/2015) • Earned the Gophers’ lone goal in win at Penn State (09/20/2015) • Named B1G Offensive Player of the Week after scoring game-winning goals against Ohio State and Penn State (09/22/2015) • Tabbed espnW Player of the Week (09/23/2015) • Notched a goal in the Gophers’ home win against Purdue (09/25/2015) • Scored a goal in her fifth-straight game during Minnesota’s win vs. Indiana (09/27/2015) • Recorded two goals in the Gophers’ win against Nebraska, one off of a penalty kick (10/08/2015) • Notched her tenth goal of the season at Iowa (10/11/2015).

Played in the W-League with the Seattle Sounders.

: 20gp, 5g, 8a, 18pts, 59sh, 19sog
Started each of the Gophers twenty-one games • 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 • Assisted Ashley Pafko in Gophers lone goal during the Florida State Match (8/24) • Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (8/26) after 4 goal, 5 assist weekend for the Maroon and Gold • Scored third goal of the season during the Gophers 2-0 victory over SDSU • Scored fourth goal of the season during the Gophers double-overtime battle with Ole Miss (9/5) • Scored fifth goal of the season during the Purdue match (9/26) Leading the team in points, goals and assists this season • Tallied one assist during the Michigan match (9/12) • Assisted Josee Stiever and Taylor Stainbrook for two of the three goals during the Nebraska match (10/9) • Assist to Taylor Wodnick during the Illinois match (10/12) to mark her 9th of the season • Joins Gopher 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.

2013 SEASON: 21gp, 2g, 5a, 9pts, 34sh, 10sog

2 goals • Lead the team with 5 assists • 9 points • 30 shots with 10 shots on goal • Played in all 20 games during the 2013 season.

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 • Was 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 and Drew • Born Dec. 29, 1994 • Plans to major in Communication Studies.


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