Gophers Tame Tigers, 2-1

  1st 2nd F
 LSU 1 0 1
 Minnesota 1 1 2
 Scoring Summary
Time Team Scored by Assisted by
15:48 Minn Helverson Kolander
30:57 LSU Calloway Arlitt, Eggleson
80:45 Minn Pafko Stiever
 Team Statistics
 • Shots 14 9
 • Corner Kicks 2 2
 • Saves 4 3
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RECORDS: University of Minnesota (5-0-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten); Louisiana State University (2-2-1, 0-0-0 SEC).

Sep 6, 2013

The University of Minnesota Women's Soccer team was able to tame the Louisiana State University Tigers on Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

With the win over No. 25 LSU (Top Drawer Soccer) the Gophers improved to 5-0-0 on the season. The Tigers fell to 2-2-1. This loss is the second in a row for the Tigers who were defeated by No. 6 BYU earlier in the week.

The Gophers saw two new goalscorers as sophomore forward Haley Helverson and Ashley Pafko both stepped up and put goals in the net for the Golden Gophers. 


Haley Helverson, who had two goals and two assists in 2012, scored in the 15th minute assisted by Simone Kolander. Helverson had an assist in the match between Illinois State on Aug. 30. 

Ashley Pafko, a freshman from Blaine, Minn., was able to find the net with the help of freshman Josee Stiever in the 81st minute. 

The goalkeeper, Tarah Hobbs, was able to make four saves in the game. Three of them were game changers halfway through the second period as the Gophers were able to build momentum off of her exceptional saves that then led to the game winning goal by Ashley Pafko.


Katie Thyken on being tough and getting back into the game after being injured...

"One of my favorite quotes says that, 'it doesn't matter if you get knocked down, it matters whether or not you get back up' and that's how I operate as a player. I may be hurting but I know I need to keep pushing through until the game is over. I appreciate every minute that I play." 

Head Coach, Stefanie Golan, on the win against No. 25 ranked LSU...

"It's a huge win. LSU is a very good team and for us to be able to compete is huge. I thought it was a great game. I thought both teams had opportunities and we had some we didn't execute on but we finished two that mattered. At the end of the day, we are walking away with a win."

Golan on what's next... 

"Ole Miss is another very quality SEC opponent and another great opportunity. If we win that game, we win our home tournament so that would be great." 

Assistant Coach, Krystle Seidel, on tonight's win and building momentum for Ole Miss...

"We talked about it at the beginning of the season. We talked about important weekends and this was one of them. It's not enough to get just one win... we are coming in here to sweep. It is important to get that first win so that you can gain that confidence against a very talented team. But we know that is not where we want to finish. We want to finish with a sweep."

Assistant Coach, Deana Waintraub, on the performance of first time starter, Tarah Hobbs... 

"I think that it was a great start especially in the beginning. She faced a shot early and it was good for her to feel the ball right away. But it was a little shaky in regards to organization. That is something we need to work on for her communication and her distribution as well. She just needs to become more comfortable with it. She made some brilliant saves in the second half. Halfway through the second half, she made three saves in a row that we call "game changing saves" that really change the game. And I told her after the game that is the reason why we won. There's a lot of room to grow. We have three keepers who are battling. Hopefully, we have one that emerges as the starting keeper."

Tarah Hobbs on her first game as the starting goalkeeper and moving forward... 

"The game is so different from high school. The pace is faster and it forces me to have to adjust quickly. The team has helped me a lot and provided a lot of support. I was definitely nervous before the game, but those few saves really boosted my confidence for future games but there are some aspects of my game that I need to work on and will have to learn from going forward." 


This is the first time the Gophers have gone 5-0 since 2008. 


The Golden Gophers will host the final day of the Minnesota Gold Classic on Sunday, Sept. 8. The first game between LSU and USC will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Gophers will take on Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. In addition to live stats, live game day blog and Twitter coverage, the game will be viewable through Gopher All-Access. The Gopher Women's Soccer Game Day Live information with a link to Gopher All-Access will be posted on at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. 


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