On a rainy day at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team opened the Big Ten season with a 1-1 double overtime draw versus No. 25 Ohio State University on Sunday. Senior captain Shari Eckstrom scored the Golden Gophers' lone goal on a 25-yard bomb in the first half.
In a match that featured a pair of teams that reached the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the Gophers (3-5-1 overall, 0-0-1 Big Ten) were the first to get on the board as Eckstrom, who played all 110 minutes, drilled a ball from 25 yards out in the 32nd minute to claim a 1-0 first half lead, which Minnesota would carry into halftime.
Down by a goal in the second half, the Buckeyes (5-3-1 overall, 0-0-1 Big Ten) would even the match in the 53rd minute on a Danica Wu shot that came from nearly the exact spot that Eckstrom launched her score from. With neither team gaining much ground on the other late in the second half, the two conference rivals would push the match to double overtime.
Sunday's match marked the eighth time in the Minnesota-Ohio State series that overtime was needed to decide the outcome today's match.
The overtime play showcased 20 minutes of few opportunities for either team as Minnesota only notched one shot while Ohio State took four.
The Gophers' lone shot in extra time came in the 97th minute when junior Allie Phillips generated space on the right side of the box and uncorked a shot from 15 yards away, but OSU goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner sprawled to her right to collect Phillips' goal threatening attempt.
Junior Cat Parkhill stood in goal for the Gophers and tallied four saves in the draw, with all of them coming in the second half.
The Golden Gophers now hit the road for their first Big Ten road trip of the season. First on the slate for Minnesota is a night game in Ann Arbor, Mich. versus the Wolverines on Friday, September 23. Michigan opened up conference play with a 1-0 road victory against Indiana. The Golden Gophers will then turn around and head to East Lansing, Mich. for an afternoon match up with Michigan State, who defeated Purdue 2-1 this weekend.