Sept. 11, 2011
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team held a 1-0 lead heading into the final minutes of regulation in Sunday afternoon's match versus DePaul, but the Gophers (3-5-0) would allow a Blue Devil goal in the 84th minute to push overtime. DePaul (2-5-0) would then complete its unlikely comeback at the 100 minute mark by tallying the Golden Goal to defeat the Maroon and Gold 2-1 at Wish Field.
Just under the 100 minute mark, freshman Sarah Gorden schemed a way to penetrate through the Gopher defense and generate a one-on-one chance against Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill. Gorden then slipped the ball by Parkhill to cap off the Blue Devils comeback victory.
“DePaul certainly deserves that victory,” said head coach Mikki Denney Wright. “They were much better than us in the second half and overtime period.”
Minnesota came out in the first half and showcased their lethal offensive attack by outshooting DePaul 7-2 and acquiring seven corner kicks.
On the sixth corner of the first half, the Golden Gophers were able snag a 1-0 lead when senior Josie Solie headed in the first goal of the match off a Nicole Baier service in the 38th minute. Solie’s goal, which was her second of the season, gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead, which they would carry into halftime.
But it was a tale of two halves when DePaul came out in the second half with an offensive urgency to get back into the match.
The Blue Devils came out and turned the tables on the Gophers, as DePaul would tally seven shots in the second half to the Maroon and Gold’s one. Minnesota’s defense held strong and remained intact, but with just over six minutes remaining in the match, the Blue Devils acquired the equalizer that they had been looking for when Ashleigh Goddard flicked a ball into the lower, right corner of the goal knotting the score 1-1. Goddard’s late goal would eventually force the game into overtime and begin DePaul’s comeback overtime win.
“The reality is that we are a pretty average team right now,” added Denney Wright. “We need to find a way to be better.”
Sunday’s match closed out the Gophers’ non-conference schedule, and now the Maroon and Gold prepare to host last year’s co-Big Ten Champion, Ohio State on September 18. In honor of the annual “Rock the Robbie” promotion, all fans get in for free. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium and will be broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network.