Aug. 30, 2012
Sophomore Taylor Uhl helped guide the University of Minnesota women’s soccer team to a 7-0 rout of Bowling Green on Thursday night as she tallied her third career hat trick. The Golden Gophers also received goals from Allie Phillips, Allie Reinke, Haley Helverson and Taylor Wodnick.
The Gophers dominated play from the opening whistle as they notched two goals within the first 20 minutes.
Phillips started the scoring spree in the 4th minute as she dribble to the side of the right 18-yard box and drove a ball to the far post. The score was the seniors second of the season.
Minnesota was back at it in the 17th when Helverson lobbed a ball over the BGSU goalkeeper to put the Gophers up 2-0. The freshman from West Des Moines, Iowa was setup by Marissa Price and Katie Thyken.
The Gophers would head into the locker rooms with a 2-0 lead at half. They also held a distinct shot advantage at 10-0 with six being on goal.
In the second half, it became the Uhl show as she notched a pair of goals in the first seven minutes of the half. The first goal came in the 48th minute when she stole a ball from the Falcon defender and slipped it under the keeper. Her second came in the 56th as Price crossed a ball from the right sideline to the back post where Uhl was waiting. The sophomore took one touch and struck the ball to the far back corner.
The scores kept Uhl’s streak of consecutive games with a goal alive as she has reached the 10 game mark, which is a school record. She would later tally a goal in the 74th minute to cap off the third hat trick of her career and only the 13th in program history. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native is the only player in Minnesota history to tally three hat tricks in a career.
Nearly 15 minutes later, Uhl was on the opposite side of a goal as she dished off a ball inside the box to Wodnick. Her fellow sophomore blazed a ball past the Falcons’ keeper to give the Gophers a 5-0 lead.
After Uhl notched her hat trick in the 74th, Reinke tapped in the seventh and final goal for the Gophers as the ball cleared all the players on a Tamara Strahota free kick. With the ball inching and nearly guaranteed to cross the goal line, Reinke came in and pushed the ball through for her first career goal.
The Maroon & Gold ended the match with a 23-3 shot advantage with 18 shots being on frame.
The shutout would be the Gophers’ first of the season as Cat Parkhill received the win. Freshman Kristen Knutson would also see action in goal to help solidify the shutout.
Minnesota takes a couple days off before playing host to Western Kentucky on Monday, September 3. WKU will first play against Bowling Green on Saturday at ELR Stadium.
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