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Simone Kolander
Simone  Kolander

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lakeville, Minn.

High School:
Lakeville North HS

Position:
Forward


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

2016 | SENIOR SEASON
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. 

2015 | JUNIOR YEAR
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 Lake's 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.

2014 | SOPHOMORE YEAR
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.

2013 | FRESHMAN YEAR
Played in all 20 games.

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.

Simone Kolander's Career Statistics
Season GP G A PTS SH SOG
2016 12 9 4 22 45 15
2015 22 10 1 21 53 29
2014 20 5 8 18 59 19
2013 21 2 5 9 32 10
Career Totals 75 26 18 70 189 73

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