Gophers Defeat Wisconsin in Double OT
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RECORDS: University of Minnesota (10-5-2, 3-4-2 Big Ten); University of Wisconsin (9-5-2, 4-4-1 Big Ten).
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher soccer team crossed the border and took down Big Ten foe, Wisconsin, in a double overtime fight to the finish.
The Gophers played their best match of the season, utilizing their strong defensive backline and capitalizing on a scoring opportunity when it mattered the most.
Sophomore forward, Haley Helverson, was able to score the game-winner in the 108th minute to bring the Gophers to victory. She was assisted by junior co-captain, Katie Thyken, who was able to slot the ball from the endline and Helverson beat the keeper and put one in the back of the net. .
The win over border rivalry, Wisconsin, allows Minnesota to move to 10-5-2 on the season and 3-4-2 in the Big Ten while Wisconsin drops to 9-5-2 on the season and 4-4-1 in Big Ten play.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
Haley Helverson, who has found the goal three times this season, was able to score the game-winner for the Golden Gophers. She also has two assists on the season putting her second in goals for the Gophers tied with freshman mid-fielder, Josee Stiever.
Katie Thyken, the Gophers leading scorer, was able to assist Helverson with the goal on Thursday evening that put the Gophers ahead of the Badgers. This is her third assist of the season. She had six shots on the match.
Goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs had another stand out game for Minnesota as she added 10 saves to her overall total. She now sits at 96 for the season. She is just inches away from breaking into the top five program record for saves in a season. Lindsey Dare currently sits with the fifth all-time save record of 101 saves.
Head coach Stefanie Golan on the win against border rivalry, Wisconsin...
This team has such resilience and a great deal of heart. So many players had great moments for us in this game. Our backs were against the wall and we responded. I am so proud of each and every player on our team and their will to succeed. Wisconsin is a good team and to be able to grind out a win like that on the road is such a great reward for our girls. We felt we played well enough to get a result against Nebraska but didn't get it and it would have been easy for our girls to hang their heads and feel sorry for themselves. Instead, we rose to the occasion and found a way to win. This team and staff is having a ton of fun as we grind through the season and we are now focused on Purdue.
WHAT IS NEXT:
The Golden Gophers will play in their regular season road finale on Sunday against Purdue. Kick off is slated for noon CT. You can tune into the game by logging onto Gophers All-Access or following @GopherSoccer for live game updates.
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