Oct. 21, 2011
On a brisk night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the University of Minnesota women's soccer jumped on Indiana University early, as the Gophers grabbed its second-straight victory in a 3-1 defeat of the Hoosiers.
The Golden Gophers (7-8-2, 4-3-2 Big Ten) snagged an quick lead when freshman Taylor Uhl streaked by the Hoosiers' (6-10-1, 2-7-0 Big Ten) backline to run down a Lauren Bauer through pass. Uhl dribbled to the end line and slipped a pass back to the top of the six-yard box, where junior Nicole Baier was waiting. The Omaha, Neb. native then one-touched the ball into a wide-open goal. Bauer and Uhl were credited with the assists on Baier's third goal of the season.
Just before halftime, Minnesota would notch another goal when freshman Katie Thyken nearly mimicked Uhl's setup earlier. Thyken would showcase some shifty footwork on the left side of the goalie box before passing back to senior Shari Eckstrom, who drilled a ball to the back right corner of the goal.
After a commanding first half, the Maroon and Gold would take the 2-0 lead into halftime along with a shot advantage of 9-3.
Behind arguably one of the Gophers' strongest first halves, head coach Mikki Denney Wright and company were not satisfied with the lead as they pressed on in the second half looking to increase the goal differential.
It was in the 76th minute that Minnesota would increase its' lead to 3-0 when Uhl was found once again flying by the Indiana defense to corral a through pass, which this time came from junior Allie Phillips. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native attacked the end line to the right of the goal then dropped the ball back for former high school and current Gopher teammate Thyken, who snuck the ball inside the left post.
Uhl's two assists on the night gives her 21 points on the season, which moves her into a tie with Nicole Lee for sixth all-time in points for a freshman.
The Golden Gophers would not hold on for the shutout, as Indiana notch its lone goal of the match in the 78th minute on a Rebecca Dreher header, which came off Abby Smith's service from a corner kick.
In front of 1,181 Gopher fans, Thyken tallied her first points of the season in Friday's match by scoring and dishing out an assist.
"It was great to see so many fans out here tonight," said head coach Mikki Denney Wright. "I would like to thank MYSA for bringing a great crowd. I also want to thank all of our alums that made the trip back for tonight's game."
Minnesota now changes its' focus to Purdue, who is coming off a loss to Wisconsin. Both clubs are still battling for a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, so just like tonight's match, it is a must win for each team. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at ELR Stadium.
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