Gophers Top UND in Exhibition
Aug. 16, 2014
BOX SCORE (PDF): Minnesota vs. UND Exhibition
RECORDS: University of Minnesota (0-0-0, Big Ten Conference 0-0-0); University of North Dakota (0-0-0, Big Sky Conference 0-0-0)
After a week and a half of preseason preparations, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team hosted the University of North Dakota in an exhibition match in front of 1,014 fans at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
With nine fresh faces on an already young Gopher roster, the Maroon and Gold used the exhibition match as an opportunity to put their preseason practices into a game setting before the regular season kicks off next week. During the 90 minute match, 21 of 25 Gophers saw field time including freshmen Rachel McCloskey and Sydney Squires who started their first game under the Robbie lights.
A much more organized style of play was shown as the Gophers capitalized on well excuted moments in the 14th and 33rd minutes. While the Gophers saw a decrease in corner kicks in the second half, they were able to improve their on-target shots coming out of the lockerroom.
The Gophers controlled every minute of the game by deminishing North Dakota's scoring chances to just one shot late in the second half. Minnesota also led in shots on goal (12) and corner kicks (13).
Minnesota will look to carry on the momentum of the exhibition match into their regular season opener in DeLand, Fla. as the Gophers take on Stetson. The Gophers will get a taste of their tough schedule as they match up with national runner up, Florida State, next Sunday afternoon.
GOPHER STAND OUT PERFORMANCES
The night was full of moments for sophomore Josee Stiever who had a huge impact on each of the Gophers three goals. Two assists and a goal on the evening allowed the fans at ELR to see why she was named to the 2014 Big Ten Conference Players to Watch list earlier in the week. The second goal, a header that sailed into the lower left corner of the net, was the highlight of the game. Stiever had three shots with one on target.
It was no sophomore slump for the Gophers as Simone Kolander, fresh off a summer of training with W-League's Colorado Pride, scored two goals on the evening to help the Gopher secure the 3-0 victory.
Freshmen Squires and Maddie Gaffney contributed assists to two of the Gophers goal while Squires had five shots with four on net, a tie for the top of the leader board with Kolander.
WHAT IS NEXT:
The Gophers will open the regular season the road as they travel to Florida to take on Stetson and Florida State.