Aug 25, 2013
RECORDS: Minnesota (2-0-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten); NDSU (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Great Plains).
Taylor Stainbrook, a sophomore transfer from North Dakota State University, sealed the deal for the Gophers in their battle against NDSU with two goals that help propel Minnesota to a 4-1 victory to finish up the Gopher Tournament at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
The Gophers had a strong offensive attack, scoring two goals off of set pieces, a goal for the season that junior captain Katie Thyken had voiced the team wanted to improve on early in the preseason. Thyken allowed Minnesota to take an early lead with a goal in the 3rd minute of play.
Freshman Josee Stiever followed her lead in the 27th minute as she scored her second career goal. Stainbrook scored in the 56th and 75th minute allowing the Gophers to raise their goal count to 4.
NDSU's Anish Kinnarath scored the Bison's lone goal in the 63rd minute.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
- Taylor Stainbrook shined as she scored two goals against her former college.
- Josee Stiever, a freshman who started both of the Gopher Tournament games played this weekend, scored a goal in each game. Both goals came unassisted as Stiever worked to help the Gophers win both matches.
- The Gophers defense allowed on three shots by NDSU.
This was the fifth all time meeting for the Golden Gophers and NDSU Bison.The last time they met was in 2009, where the Gophers were victorious with a 4-0 final score. The Gophers add to their series lead of 5-0 after their 4-1 win today.
Junior captain Katie Thyken talks about opening weekend...
"The first weekend was great with two wins. But we found out what we need to work on and what we need to do to move forward. We have some stuff obviously in the back but also up forward that we need to work on. But two goals off of set pieces today was great. We gave up too many set pieces and didn't get enough last year and so we were really happy with those today."
Sophomore transfer, Taylor Stainbrook, talks about scoring two goals and playing against her old team...
"It was amazing. It was amazing to come out and play a position I'm not used to and I just had to fight. I had my team behind me and I had support from both teams after scoring. A teams a team. Both play a different style of soccer but both are families. These are the games where the most passion comes out. And I'm proud to be a Gopher!"
Head coach Stefanie Golan talks about the new additions and how they are impacting the team...
"The new players are obviously stepping up. We had two of them score goals on Friday night and the goals today. It's awesome. Those girls and the team have done a great job of welcoming everyone and gelling as a team right off the bat. When we train, when we play... nobody has a class, we are all part of the same team and it is working extremely well for us right now."
WHAT IS NEXT: The Gophers welcome Illinois State to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.
Gophers Enter Rankings at No. 17
Gopher Soccer is now ranked No. 17 in the nation after a great first weekend.
Stiever Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week
Senior midfielder tallied two goals and two assists during Minnesota soccer's opening weekend.
Gophers Shutout Utah
Gophers earn win against Utah, 3-0. Senior Josee Stiever led the team with two goals and one assist.