Aug. 26, 2011
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team left the SDSU Sports Deck with a bitter task in their mouths after allowing a late San Diego State goal on Friday night. The Golden Gophers' 2-1 loss to the Aztecs kept them from snagging their first road win of the season.
The Aztecs (2-1-0) claimed the lead in the 29th minute when Haley Palmer crossed a ball into Hannah Keane who won possession of the ball over sophomore Lauren Bauer and finished it by dribbling a shot just inside the right post.
It looked like Minnesota (1-2-0) was going to head into halftime down 1-0, but Sheridan Reiners found fellow freshman Becca Roberts at the top of the box to put the Gophers on the board with seven second remaining in the first half. Roberts' shot was a liner across the box to the left post. The goal was scored on the Aztecs' backup goalkeeper after their starter left the field due to a facial injury suffered in the 44th minute.
In the second half, San Diego State came out on a tear by bombarding the Minnesota with an arsenal of shots. The Golden Gophers rolled with the punches as they came, but in the 84th minute the Maroon and Gold allowed the game winning goal.
The unlucky play began with Tiffany Hurst tapping a corner kick back to her teammates at midfield. Hurst then slide along the end line where she was fed the ball and started to penetrate into the Gopher defense. Hurst then dribbled a pass to the far post where Palmer was waiting unattended, and she slipped the ball into the open net for the game winning goal.
Minnesota outshot SDSU 6-2 in the first half, but in the second half the Aztecs recorded 13 shots to the Maroon and Gold's three.
Cat Parkhill tallied four saves in the match and was credited with the loss.
"That was probably one of the worst games I have seen our team play in the past few year," said head coach Mikki Denney Wright. "We have some work to do, and we are focused on doing just that."
The Golden Gophers look to rebound from tonight's misfortunes on Sunday morning as it travels to face UC Santa Barbara. The match begins at 11:30 a.m. (PST) and will take place at Harder Stadium.