Gophers Top Redbirds 4-0
Aug 30, 2013
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RECORDS: University of Minnesota (3-0-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten); Illinois State University (1-2-0, 0-0-0 MVC).
The University of Minnesota Women's Soccer team shut out the Illinois State University Redbirds, 4-0, Friday evening at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Minnesota was able to improve to 3-0-0 on the season, while the Redbirds fell to 1-2-0.
On both sides of the ball, the Golden Gophers looked confident as three different players tallied goals during the game. The Gophers outshot ISU, 15-2, allowing Minnesota to rise early and hold the lead through the entire ninety minutes of play.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
Junior co-captain, Katie Thyken, was able to grab her second and third goals of the season in the match against ISU. Thyken struck early as she headed a ball that was played into the box by Taylor Stainbrook past the Redbirds keeper, Aryn Newsom. Thyken then assisted Schutlz with a goal in the 22nd minute that put the Gophers up 2-0 in the first half. Once the second half began, Thyken was able to find the goal again with the help of Lauren Bauer and Jen Larrick in the 46th minute of play. Larrick took the corner kick that Bauer was able to ground and send to Thyken who was able to find a sweet spot inside the right post and past Newsom to give the Gophers a three-goal advantage early in the second half.
UC San Deigo transfer, Olivia Schultz was able to tally her first goal as a Gopher in the 22nd minute of play assisted by Thkyen and Stainbrook. A quick touch on the ball by both Thyken and Stainbrook allowed Schultz to put the loose ball into the net and help the Gophers rise to 2-0 before the half.
Stainbrook, who scored two goals in the Gophers last match against NDSU, shined against the Redbirds as she tallied two assists during the match. Stainbrook was in the right place at the right time to help Thyken and Schultz seal the deal for the Gophers.
Keeper Kristen Knutson ushered the Gophers to a shut out with the help of the defense by saving the lone shot on goal by Illinois State.
This was the fourth all-time meeting for the Golden Gophers and the Illinois State Redbirds. The last meeting was in 2011 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium as the Gophers shut out the Redbirds 1-0. The Gophers advanced to 4-0 on the series with the victory against the Redbirds tonight.
Olivia Schultz on her first career goal as a Golden Gopher...
"Oh my gosh, it was amazing. I was estatic. After we scored that first goal I felt like we had a really good pace going and everything felt like it was in our favor tonight. It was great to score my first goal here, especially on this field, I had so many people watching me. I just have so much team pride for everything we did tonight. It was a really great win."
MacKenzie Misel on three wins and going into the road trip against Iowa State...
"Definitely feeling good about today. This was the first time we put a full game together this season. Since I've been here we've had a loss in the first part of our season like last year's loss to Florida State so coming out and winning three games in a row gives us some confidence. Going to Iowa State is definitely fun. It's a road trip but not too far and we definitely have a big following of Gophers there."
Katie Thyken on putting together a full game...
"This is the first time we were able to put together a full game. We've struggled with that in the past because we haven't been consistent and that is one of our core values this year and one of our goals. We want to play a full ninety. So it felt great to do that. Our defense was working well together and even working well with our offense. And obviously our offense was able to get some stuff in. This was one of the big games for us. They went to the NCAA tournament last year and they do well every year. This helps us moving forward, we can see what we did wrong and go from there."
Head Coach Stefanie Golan on hitting the road...
"Our crowd is unbelieveable. The support we get at home games makes it so much fun. But we also know that we are going to have a big crowd at Iowa State. It's close to MacKenzie and Haley's homes so there is going to be a big contingency of Minnesota fans there. The parents are great and travel with us most of the time. It definitely makes a difference for us at home. On the road we are looking for a repeat performance. We are looking for a full 90 minute performance at Iowa State. We need that. They are going to be fresher than we are and we are looking forward to a good test."
WHAT IS NEXT:
The Golden Gophers will head out on the road for the first time this season with a quick trip to Iowa State University to play the Cyclones on Sunday, Sept. 1. The game is slated to kick off at 1:00 p.m. If you want to follow the Gophers at Iowa State please follow us on our live game day blog that will kick off at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
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