Bockin Ties School-Record in 7-1 Win

Sept. 24, 2017

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On a perfect day for soccer, the University of Minnesota soccer team played nearly a perfect game against Big Ten foe Michigan State, winning 7-1 at home with six different players scoring goals.

April Bockin scored once for the Gophers, and added a school-record tying four assists to help the Gophers punish the Spartans at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

"April has been awesome this weekend. She stretched teams and was very dangerous the entire weekend," head coach Stefanie Golan said. "She is a player when she has the ball at her feet coming at you; you are going to be on your heels because anything can happen. She had a really solid and impressive performance today."

The six different players scored for Minnesota, which is the most by the team since the team had eight different players score against the University of Nebraska-Omaha in a 9-1 rout on Sept. 13, 2015.

"After last game, the team realized we had a ton of opportunities that weren't put away, but it gave us confidence going into today," Golan explained. "We are in a good place right now as a team."

The scoring started just nine minutes into the contest when Sydney Squires beat the Michigan State goalkeeper after magnificent passes from Bockin and Molly Fiedler.

Squires continued the trend of scoring goals in bunches with a goal just two minutes and 47 seconds later with her second goal of the game from long range. The goal came off assists from Bockin and junior captain Emily Heslin.

"Having players with capabilities like Sydney and April do, they draw attention and makes it so you never know who else will step up and put something away," said Golan.

The Gophers took a break from scoring, but kept Michigan State away from the goal. Michigan State just attempted one shot in the first half, which went wide.

In the 38th minute, the Gophers scored once again. This one coming from Athena Kuhen, which was her first goal of her collegiate career. The goal came from fellow freshman Makenzie Langdok, who notched her first collegiate assist in the same play.

Heslin joined the fun with her second goal of the season, and fourth goal of her career, in the 48th minute. The goal came off a phenomenal pass from an awkward angle from Bockin, giving the Gophers a dominating 4-0 lead just after the start of the second half.

Seven minutes later Bockin was able to break open for her first goal of the season. Bockin, who is second on the team in shots, scored her first goal of the season on a crisp pass from Fiedler and Squires to put the Gophers up 5-0 in the 55th minute.

Just two minutes and 17 seconds later, Bockin again had a piece of a goal. After Kuehn set a ball near the goal line, Bockin sent a cross that found the swooping Julianna Gernes, who buried her third goal of the weekend, and fifth of the season, past the Spartan goalkeeper.

Minnesota scored their seventh goal of the game in the 65th minute when freshman Celina Nummerdor scored her first goal as a Gopher. Her goal came after a cross led to a scrum in the middle of the box that eventually Nummerdor flicked into the back of the net to give the Gophers the touchdown advantage.

Michigan State was able to get on the scoreboard in the 66th minute with a long run that led to the Spartans beating freshman keeper Maddie Nielsen who had come in for starter Kailee Sharp.

Overall the Gophers finished with 24 shots, which puts them at 63 shots in two games this weekend. The Maroon ad Gold had 11 shots on goal and held the Spartans to just one on the lone goal they scored.

Minnesota will now travel to New Jersey to take on Big Ten leading Rutgers on Sept. 29 at 6:00 p.m. The Scarlet Knights gave up their first goal of the season against Illinois today in their 2-1 victory.

"They are very stingy with their defense," Golan said about Rutgers. "They play kind of similar to us in the attack. It will be a game where it depends on who executes on that day, similar to our last few meetings with them."

The Gophers last meeting with Rutgers was in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game last season where Minnesota prevailed 2-1.




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