Oct. 20, 2013
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RECORDS: University of Minnesota (9-5-2, 2-4-2 Big Ten); Nebraska (12-3-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten).
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher soccer team was unable to catch Big Ten foe, Nebraska, on Sunday afternoon at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Despite leading in shots 20-16, the Gophers were unable to capitalize on the numerous scoring opportunities to equalize the playing field with nationally ranked, Nebraska.
The game-winning goal came from Husker standout Jordan Jackson, who scored her seventh goal of the season on a through ball by Katie Kraeutner at 23:18 in the first half. Her scoring streak is now at four consecutive matches.
Even though the Gophers could not even the score, they did control the pace of much of the ninety minutes at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
The loss to Nebraska puts Minnesota at 9-5-2 on the season and 2-4-2 in Big Ten play while the Huskers move to 12-3-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
The Golden Gophers were able to step up and set the pace for the match against nationally ranked, No. 22 Nebraska as they led in shots for the first time in four games. The Gophers were able to land 6 of their 20 shots on goal.
Freshman forward, Simone Kolander made a major impact on the game for the Golden Gophers. She was a force to be reckoned with on the field as she was able to land three shots on the goal for Minnesota. She now has 23 shots on the season putting her in second for the Golden Gophers behind sophomore Haley Helverson who leads Minnesota with 26 shots.
Gopher leading scorer Katie Thyken also had two shots on goal for the Gophers as she looked for her sixth goal of the season. She is only two goals away from her career record of seven from last season.
Taylor Stainbrook was also looking to tally another goal on the 2013 season as she had five shots during the match against Nebraska, with one of them on goal. Other Gophers with shots included Haley Helverson, Elle Dykema, Josee Stiever, Steph Brandt and Lauren Bauer.
Goalkeeper, Tarah Hobbs, now has 86 saves on the season. She had 16 in the match on Friday, which allowed her to break the program record for saves in a single match. The record was held by Lindsey Dare (15 at Brown on Sept. 10, 2006) and Teresa O'Hearn (15 at Ohio State on Sept. 30, 1994). She had eight saves during the match against the Huskers on Sunday afternoon.
Assistant Coach Krystle Seidel on the difference between Friday's match against Iowa and today's match against Nebraska...
"The biggest difference between Friday and Sunday is that today we put it all out there and everyone worked their hardest. Everyone was playing their heart out, second efforts were unbelievable. Some of our players and the amount that they are willing to give is inspirational. It's one of those games that hurt more because we thought it should have gone another way but the reality is that is the way the game of soccer goes. If we can bring that kind of effort every day, we are going to be just fine."
Prior to Sunday afternoon's match, the Golden Gophers were unbeaten at home. Their record at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium for 2013 now sits at 6-1-2.
The Gophers scored as many goals in Friday's match against Iowa as they scored in the entirety of the Big Ten season prior to the battle with the Hawkeyes.
The Golden Gophers will take on No. 22 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. Kick off is slated for 1 p.m. Before the match on Sunday, the three seniors on the roster for the Gophers will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Golden Gopher Soccer program. The senior presentation will take place at 12:40 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
The Golden Gophers will travel to Wisconsin on Thursday evening to take on the Badgers in the first of the final three regular season matches. This game will be on the Big Ten Network
As always, the game can be followed on Twitter @GopherSoccer or by joining the conversation on the live game day blog.
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