The University of Minnesota soccer team had their five-game winning streak snapped in Evanston on Thursday night with a final score of 2-0.
“We are disappointed for sure. It was a tale of two halves today,” head coach Stefanie Golan said. “We had a lot of fight in us in the second half. It is unfortunate to dig yourself that big of a hole, but we talked about it afterwards, this can be either a mountain or a speedbump. We need to make this a speedbump and respond and prepare for our game on Sunday.”
Minnesota fell behind 20 minutes into the game when Northwestern scored on a corner kick to beat goalkeeper Kailee Sharp.
The Wildcats added another goal with just 1:08 left in the first half when a ball trickled into the box and was flicked in by a Wildcat forward.
This game marks the first time the Gophers fell behind by two goals this season.
In the second half, the Gophers turned up their offensive attack. They outshot the Wildcats 9-2, and earned 10 corner kicks, while holding Northwestern to zero.
With 13 total shots in the game, the Gophers put seven on net, including a strike from junior captain Emily Heslin that seemed destined to find the back of the net from 20-yards out, but the Wildcat keeper smacked it away.
Kellie McGahn also had a solid opportunity late in the second half after a scramble in the middle of the field. McGahn stepped into a left-footed shot that was saved by a diving Northwestern goalkeeper.
“I thought Kellie and Heslin had unbelievable strikes that their keeper made incredible saves on,” Golan said. “Credit them for coming out and making those stops tonight.”
In total, Sharp made three saves for the Gophers in net. The Gophers surrendered just nine shots in total, with five of them being on goal.
The Gophers will take on the Fighting Illini on Sunday to wrap up their weekend. The game is set for a 1:00 p.m. start.
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