Gophers Knock off No. 16 Rutgers on the Road
Sept. 29, 2017

Final Stats

In a rematch of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament Championship game, the University of Minnesota once again prevailed over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 2-1.

Minnesota defeated No. 16 Rutgers in thrilling fashion once again, with Sydney Squires netting the game-winning goal with just over three minutes to go in the game off of a great pass from April Bockin.

The 2-1 win is the first time the Gophers have beaten the Scarlet Knights on the road, and their first win against them in the regular season since 2014. Bockin’s 9 assists now puts her at ninth most in a single season, tied with four other Gophers. 

“We knew coming into this game, it was going to be a great one,” said head coach Stefanie Golan. “Both teams got better looks in the second half tonight, but both defenses tonight were tough to breakdown. Credit to Maddie Castro who had a big-time finish and with Sydney all it takes is one look and she can hurt any team.”

The Gophers got on the board first in the game with Maddie Castro’s first career goal in the 34th minute, with the assist going to Bockin.

“I was impressed with the goal because Castro actually called off another one of our players in the area," Golan said. "She wanted that strike. She is a really clean, technical player and we were fine with her calling somebody off, and she struck it really well and beat a tough keeper in Casey Murphy.”

Early in the game, Minnesota dominated possessions. Crisp play in the midfield helped the Gophers keep the ball in the midfield and Rutgers third for a large portion of the first half. Neither team had an official shot on goal until 25 minutes into the game.

After Castro’s goal, Rutgers responded by scoring the equalizer just two minutes later.

At the half, Rutgers held a slight advantage in shots 3-2, and the Gophers had not earned a corner kick.

In the second half, Rutgers took the attack to the Gophers early on. They had a pair of corner kicks in the first four minutes, but the Minnesota defense stood strong and kept any dangerous opportunities away.

With just 15 minutes left, it was a big save for Kailee Sharp that kept the Gophers even with the Scarlet Knights. Sharp was able to make two saves in the contest.

With time winding down, the Gophers looked like they were destined for yet another overtime period, but after Bockin escaped with the ball and was streaking down the field, she found Squires.

The two goals scored by the Gophers is the most Rutgers has allowed all season. Going into the game, Rutgers had allowed just one goal all season. 

Bockin and Squires have connected four times this season, the most on the team. Bockin now leads the Big Ten in assists with 9, while Squires also leads the conference with 10 goals.

The Gophers had four of their nine shots on goal, with Squires and Bockin each having two of the shots. Minnesota was called offside one during the game, while Rutgers was called for three.

The Maroon and Gold will travel down to College Park to take on Maryland on Sunday, with the game set to begin at 12:00 p.m. CT. The Gophers will return home next Friday when they host Indiana for the annual Rock the Robbie event.


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