Three Second-Half Goals Propel Gophers Past Wisconsin
After falling down 2-0 to Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team battled back to notch three unanswered second-half goals to win the Border Battle tonight at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Allie Phillips, Taylor Uhl, and Taylor Wodnicknotched goals to propel the Gophers over the Badgers, 3-2. The win is the second consecutive against the Border Battle foe who also fell to the Gophers in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament last year.
Wisconsin found the board first when a scramble caused confusion in the box. Cara Walls connected for the netter off the sidetap from Paige Adams. Thirsty for the equalizer, Minnesota earned three corner kicks in the final five minutes of the half but fell shy to head into halftime down 1-0.
Wisconsin found the net again early in the second half when Monica Lam-Feist fired a shot off of a deflection from a corner kick. The ball found the upper right corner, just inside the cross section of the posts.
Minnesota immediately turned up the aggression and turned a two-goal deficit into victory. In the 69', Thyken set the attack in motion with a throw-in from the sideline. Uhl moved the ball forward to Phillips who perfectly placed a bullet to the far post.
Thyken came up with her second assist five minutes later, finding Uhl for her twelfth goal of the year from near-12 yards out. With the score set at 2-2, Minnesota kept up the pressure on defense to protect their end while controlling the offensive attack in search of the game-winner.
Wisconsin gave the Gophers a scare when Walls sent a floater over Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill, but Tamara Strahota was there with a fantastic save at the net, booting the ball out before crossing the goal line.
With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Wodnick sealed Wisconsin's fate. Marissa Price tallied the assist as Wodnick overpowered a keeper challenge from Lauren Gunderson and found the back of the net.
As a team, Minnesota dominated the offense with a 15 to 8 edge in shots, 11 of those coming in the second half. The Gopher defense also worked well together to trap the Badgers into six offsides violations.
In addition to scoring goals, Uhl and Wodnick led the Gophers with three shots apiece, as did Bagnall. Phillips and Tamara Strahota each added two with Thyken and Brianne Price picking up the rest. Parkhill gathered three saves in the net.