Feb. 18, 2013
As team training continues, the Minnesota women’s soccer team has announced its schedule for the 2013 spring season. The slate of competition will include matches against Minnesota State and Wisconsin, as well as the yearly alumni game. The Gophers will also meet Iowa State and Kansas in the Big X/Big XII Challenge and will host its third annual Gopher 7’s Indoor Tournament.
The Maroon and Gold finished the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 11-7-2 and a 6-4-1 mark in conference action to finish fourth in the Big Ten. The team returns 13 players to the squad, including NSCAA All-American and First Team All-Big Ten selection Taylor Uhl.
The spring schedule kicks off on March 10 when, for the third year in a row, Minnesota will host the Gopher 7’s Tournament at the Bierman Indoor Facility. The Gophers will welcome UW Green Bay, St. Olaf, Concordia St. Paul, Drake, and Hamline.
The team will then travel to Ames, Iowa where they will participate in the Big 10/Big 12 Challenge, facing both Iowa State and Kansas on April 20. The Cyclones wrapped up 2012 with their first 10-win season since 2005, while the Jayhawks posted a 10-8-2 mark in 2012 and ended the season with a quarterfinal loss in the Big 12 Tournament.
After spending time in Iowa, Minnesota will return home on April 27 for a match against Minnesota State Mankato at 1:00 p.m. The game will be followed by a Hope Kids Clinic put on by the team.
On May 4, the Gophers will meet the Badgers in Chippewa Falls, Wis., for an afternoon battle. Minnesota defeated Wisconsin in a 3-2 comeback thriller during the 2012 regular season. Wisconsin finished sixth in the conference standings and earned an NCAA at-large bid.
To prepare for the upcoming competition, the Gophers have been hard at work in allotted practice, toning their technical skill sets. Typically working in groups of four to six, the Gophers have dedicated each week of training to a specific focus for improvement, including topics such as connecting on the move, individual defending, and changing the point of attack. A portion of the week is also spent on strength and conditioning.
“The spring is the time that players experience the most growth both technically and tactically,” said assistant coach Deana Waintraub
. “We are really looking forward to seeing how much our returning players have and will continue to develop over the course of the spring and will invest for the fall.”