Freshmen Lead the Way for a 2-1 Victory in Iowa

Go Gophers!
Becca Roberts

Go Gophers!
Becca Roberts
Go Gophers!

Oct. 8, 2011

Final Stats

After trailing 1-0 at half, the University of Minnesota women’s soccer team rallied in the second half to pull out a 2-1 Big Ten Conference road victory over the University of Iowa. Freshmen Taylor Uhl and Becca Roberts each tallied a goal to help the Golden Gophers pull out the comeback.

Morgan Showalter of the Hawkeyes tallied her first goal of the season and the first of the match in the 35th minute when she struck a ball past Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill to take a 1-0 lead.

Even though Minnesota was trailing at half, they had put pressure on the Hawkeye defense as it held an advantage in the shot count of 7-4.

In the second half, Iowa would attempt to extend its lead over the Golden Gophers, but Minnesota exploded on offense as two freshmen took charge to surge the team for a second- half comeback.

The Gophers retaliated in the second with a quick goal by Maroon and Gold leading scorer Uhl. The freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn. received the ball about 15 yards out and turned to drill the ball into the upper corner of the goal to tie the match. The score was Uhl’s ninth of the season which pushes her point total to 19.

Just under twenty minutes later, another Gopher freshman would tally the game-winning goal when Becca Roberts slipped a ball by Iowa’s keeper Emily Moran in the 69th minute to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead.

Minnesota would hold on to win the match 2-1 to improve to 5-7-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the Big Ten while Iowa dropped to 10-2-2 overall and also 2-2-2 in the conference.

“I give this group so much credit,” said head coach Mikki Denney Wright. “They have remained focused on growing everyday even through the tough moments, and it paid off in their performance tonight. This was our best soccer of the year. I am so proud to see the team playing 90 minutes of soccer at this level.”

The Golden Gophers now hit the road for their final Big Ten road trip of the season as they face Illinois next Friday and Northwestern next Sunday.