Gophers End Non-Conference On a High Note, Win 5-0
Sept. 8, 2017

Final Stats

Julianna Gernes started the scoring for the University of Minnesota soccer team in the first half, and the Gophers were able to ride that momentum in the second half en route to a 5-0 victory over Utah State in the non-conference finale at home. 

Gernes scored her second goal of the season in the 38th minute to put the Gophers ahead. Maddie Castro, who had entered the game just minutes prior, and Molly Fiedler assisted her on the goal.

"We focused on being composed inside the 18 today. Julianna's goal was exactly that. When the ball ended up at her feet, she had a defender on her, but she didn't panic and was able to beat that defender and finish back post with her left foot like a finisher should," head coach Stefanie Golan said.

The Gophers defense stood strong the entire 90 minutes, holding the Aggies to just three shots that all went wide. Minnesota put on a show with 17 shots, with 10 of them on target.

"I think out girls are just really organized right now. Their timing is great and they have been able to separate players from the ball consistently. We are just executing on a high level right now defensively."

In the second half, the Gophers poured on the offense with continuous attacks on the Aggies defense. Senior Sydney Squires scored in the 48th minute to put the Gophers up 2-0. Fiedler was credited with another assist on the goal, her 12th career assist.

Squires continued her trend of scoring goals in bunches with a goal just six minutes later. Her seventh goal of the season came from a pair of passes from fellow seniors Maddie Gaffney and Kellie McGahn. Squires is now tied for second in the NCAA with seven goals.

Ten minutes later it was the Gophers youth that took over.

Makenzie Langdok put her first collegiate goal past the Aggie goalkeeper with Athena Kuehn gaining the assist on the play. The assist was also Kuehn's first. 

Arianna Del Moral entered the game both in the first and second half of the match, but in the second half it all came together for the freshman. She scored in the 81st minute after a fantastic pass from Celina Nummerdor, who was credited with her first career assist.

Kailee Sharp played all 90 minutes in her return from an injury. She did not have any opportunities to make saves, but coach Golan said she was happy with her performance.

"Kailee was very involved with the game today. She was connected and we played her feet quite a bit. She did really well with her feet today, and her distribution was on for the duration of the game, which is really good," Golan explained. "Her being out for as long as she was, it was important to build her confidence and our team's confidence in her." 

With the non-conference season now wrapped up, the Gophers will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison on Sept. 16 at 4:00 p.m. Minnesota will return home the following weekend to take on Michigan at home on the Big Ten Network.



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