Oct. 27, 2013
BOX SCORE (PDF): TO BE ADDED
RECORDS: University of Minnesota (11-5-2, 3-4-2 Big Ten); Purdue University (8-9-1, 3-7-0 Big Ten).
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher soccer team finished their regular season road play by traveling to West Lafayette to take on the Purdue Boilmakers in a Sunday afternoon battle. Both teams were looking for the win in order to better their chances at a Big Ten post-season run.
The Gophers, coming off of an important victory over Wisconsin on Thursday, were able to get the game off to a quck start as junior co-captain and Gopher leading scorer, Katie Thyken, was able to net her sixth goal of the season in the opening minute of play. She was assisted by freshman Simone Kolander.
In the second half, Thyken was able to find the net for her seventh goal of the season as Kolander sends her a ball and Thyken is able to put the ball inside of the right post from the heart of the 18 to put the Golden Gophers up 2-0.
Maddy Williams of Purdue was able to find the net off a corner kick in an attempt to even the score. Gophers were able to hold on and win the game.
The victory allows Minnesota to move to 11-5-2 on the season and 4-4-2 in the Big Ten while Purdue drops to 8-9-1 and 4-6-0 in the Big Ten.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
Katie Thyken was able to find the net twice for the Golden Gophers in the match against Purdue. She now is tied with her career high in goals that was set last season with seven for the Gophers. The last goal scored by Thyken this season was at Jacksonville over a month ago.
Simone Kolander came out with two assists on the game for the Gophers. She is now leading the Gophers in assists with fiveon the season.
Goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs with ten saves in the match against Purdue leads the Big Ten is saves, save percentage and saves per game. She has 106 on the season and now sits in the top five program season saves for the Gophers.
The Gophers will play their final home regular season match on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Robbie. Minnesota will host Illinois and the game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.
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