Gophers Open 2013 Season at Home
Aug 21, 2013
A Look Back
Minnesota was successful in 2012 as they posted an overall record of 11-7-2 while going 6-4-1 in the Big Ten. Their wins in conference play allowed them to finish fourth in the Big Ten slightly ahead of Illinois due to tie-breaker rules who finished with the same record. But that isn't the whole story for the Golden Gophers. Last season, the majority of the Gophers losses were by only one goal.
This Week in Gopher Soccer
The Golden Gophers officially open their 2013 season as they host the Gopher Tournament this weekend. The Gophers will welcome Belmont, North Dakota State and Toledo to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The tournament kicks off with a match between Belmont and NDSU on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Minnesota will take on Toledo in the second game beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Sunday's games will bring a matchup between Toledo and Belmont at 11:00 a.m. and the Gophers will battle it out with NDSU at 1:30 p.m.
The Rockets will open their season against Minnesota after losing their lone exhibition game to Detroit, 2-1. Toledo returns 16 of their letterwinners who helped the team finish the season 7-12-2 overall and 5-5-1 in the MAC in 2012.
Scouting North Dakota State
The Bison will travel to the Gopher Tournament to open their season after a 2-1 loss to Creighton in preseason play last week and a 2-0 exhibition win over Bemidji State on Aug. 20. Eight returners on the roster for NDSU who finished their season 8-10 overall and 5-3 in league play. North Dakota finished fourth in the preseason rankings for the Summit League. This is the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. Minnesota is ahead in the series 4-0-0 with the last meeting resulting in a 4-0 victory for the Gophers in 2009.
A Look Ahead
2013 looks to be another tough schedule for the Golden Gophers who will host Illinois State later this month. In September, Minnesota will travel to Iowa State, Florida, Jacksonville before Big Ten conference play opens for the Gophers on the road with a match against Indiana on Sept. 21.
Big Ten Preseason Ranking
Minnesota was slated to finish seventh in the Big Ten by coaches/sports information directors. Minnesota forward Haley Helverson (SO.), defender MacKenzie Misel (SR.) and midfielder Katie Thyken (JR.) were noted as players to watch this season.
Leading the Way
Captions junior Katie Thyken and senior MacKenzie Misel are leading the way for the Gophers this season. Thyken, who has excelled on and off the field receiving Big Ten and Capital One/CoSIDA academic honors as well as starting in all twenty of the Gophers 2012 games, is a forced to be reckoned with in the midfield position. She scored seven goals and had six assists on the season for the Gophers. Misel, a defensive powerhouse who anchored the Gopher defense in 2012 that gathered ten shutouts on the season, not only started all 20 games but played in every minute of every game last season totally 1,872 minutes on the year.
Gopher Family Adds 12
Round two begins this weekend for second year head coach, Stefanie Golan. Under Golan's direction, the Gophers finished 11-7-2 and 6-4-1 in conference play. With her returns assistant coaches Krystal Seidel and Deana Waintraub.
Defending the Robbie
With the reputation of being a tough home team, the Golden Gophers are looking to take advantage of their ten home games this fall. Last year the Gophers defended Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium eight times bringing their overall record to 121-51-12 on their home pitch.
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