Sept. 23, 2011
With the match pressing overtime, freshman Taylor Uhl tallied the game-winning goal with only 58 seconds remaining to give the University of Minnesota women's soccer team a 3-2 Big Ten road victory over Michigan on a chilly Friday night in Ann Arbor, Mich.
As U-M (6-3-1) was pressing to counter attack the Golden Gophers (4-5-1), defender Marissa Price slipped in to steal an errant pass and clear it to midfield where fellow junior Nicole Baier flicked the ball backwards over the Wolverines' backline. Uhl would then run down the ball and take advantage of her one-on-one opportunity with Michigan's goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer by pushing a ball to the bottom right corner for the game winner.
Minnesota ended the match with 22 total shots with 11 of them being on goal while Michigan only tallied nine shots with five on goal.
It was the Gophers to tally the first goal of the match when Lauren Bauer connected with Josie Solie off a corner kick in the 13th minute. The service soared head-high through the box where it found the Mahtomedi, Minn. native standing dead center, three yards out from the goal.
The Maroon and Gold’s lead didn’t last long as Michigan’s Nkem Ezurike capitalized on a Golden Gopher turnover to even the score in the 21st minute.
Both teams’ looked content with entering the locker rooms tied at halftime, but Ezurike would challenge the Gophers’ defense one more time before the buzzer. Parkhill came out and to make a sliding attempt at the ball, but the junior from Apple Valley, Minn. would get called for tripping, which resulted in a Michigan penalty kick. Clare Stachel would step up for U-M and shoot a laser to the left post, just out of reach for the diving Parkhill, to garner a 2-1 halftime lead.
Minnesota would come out in the second and keep the Wolverines on their heels, but it wasn’t until the 68th minute that the Maroon and Gold scored their equalizer.
It was Uhl who evened the score at two all when she rebounded an Olivia Bagnall shot that the Michigan goalkeeper bobbled and dropped.
With the clock winding down, it was Uhl once again to score as she chipped the game-winning goal in with 58 seconds remaining, which was her fourth of the season.
The 3-2 triumph give Parkhill her 30th career win as a goalkeeper, which is only one away from tying Lindsey Dare for third all-time.
The Gophers now travel to East Lansing, Mich. on Sunday to face a Michigan State (8-2-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) team who had an eight-match winning streak snapped tonight in a 2-1 loss at home to Wisconsin. Minnesota is in search of its first Michigan-Michigan State road sweep since 1998. The match begins at noon (CST) and will be played at DeMartin Stadium.
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