Gophers Defeat No. 7 Penn State
Oct. 6, 2013
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RECORDS: University of Minnesota (9-3-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten); Penn State University (10-2-1, 4-1-0 Big Ten).
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher soccer team handed Big Ten opponent and nationally ranked Penn State their first conference loss of the season on Sunday afternoon at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
An early goal by sophomore forward Haley Helverson and an outstanding seven save game for freshman goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs allowed the Golden Gophers to surge past No. 7 Penn State and earn the shut out for Minnesota.
The victory over Penn State allows Minnesota to move to 9-3-1 on the season and 2-2-1 in Big Ten play while the Nittany Lions move to 10-2-1 overall and 4-1-0.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
Helverson was able to score the loan goal for the Gophers. In the 17th minute, Helverson was able to steady the ball in front of the net and score off a pass from senior Steph Brandt. This is Helverson's second goal of the season. In Sunday's match, Helverson had three shots, one of those which earned her the game-winning goal for the Gophers. Helverson is leading the Gophers in shots with 24. Brandt, who assisted Helverson on the golden goal, tallied her second assist of the season for the Gophers.
With the seven save performance, Hobbs now has 55 saves on the season. The freshman goalkeeper had an outstanding game that allowed the Gophers to shutout Penn State. This marks the fourth consecutive game for Hobbs with five saves or more. She currently leads the Big Ten in saves per game.
PENN STATE VS MINNESOTA
Shots: PSU 20 Minnesota 6
Corner kicks: PSU 14 Minnesota 6
Saves: PSU 1 Minnesota 7
Fouls: PSU 5 Minnesota 12
Sunday's victory over Penn State marks only the fourth ever win for Minnesota over the Nittany Lions. The last time the Golden Gophers were able to defeat Penn State was in 2007.
The Gophers handed Penn State their first Big Ten loss of the season. No. 7 Penn State has been able to defeat Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin thus far.
This is the Gophers second upset over a ranked opponent this season. The Gophers defeated Michigan last weekend, 1-0, in Ann Arbor.
Sophomore Haley Helverson on the golden game-winning goal...
I knew it had to go in and I am very fortunate that it did. Although Penn State did have a lot of opportunities, I am just so happy that our defense could get it out of there. Stick with one goal... it is definitely not my favorite thing but in games like this one is all it takes.
Freshman Tarah Hobbs on upsetting No. 7 Penn State...
I am just really excited. Our team played absolutely phenominal today. It makes a statement in the Big Ten... Minnesota is here to play and we are here to win.
This win is huge not only for this team but for the program in general. To be able to do, on a Sunday, what we just did is just an incredible team effort. I think that Tarah Hobbs has been the backbone of this team as we have hit Big Ten play. She has come up big time and time again and she has made some incredible saves to keep us in some important games and we have won two of those big games now against Michigan and Penn State. For her as a freshman to be able to play that big consistently is absolutely huge.
WHAT IS NEXT:
The Gophers will hit the road to take on Northwestern next Saturday, October 12 at 5 p.m. CT. The game will be available for viewing through Gopher All-Access.
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