|Minnesota (0-0) Hosts Gopher Tournament|
|Date/Time||Belmont vs. NDSU (Friday, Aug. 23 / 4:30 p.m.)|
|Minnesota vs. Toledo (Friday, Aug. 23 / 7 p.m.)|
|Toledo vs. Belmont (Sunday, Aug. 25 / 11 a.m.)|
|Minnesota vs. NDSU (Sunday, Aug. 25 / 1:30 p.m.)|
|Location||Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium - Directions|
|Live Stats||Click Here|
|Official Sites||Minnesota | Belmont | NDSU | Toledo|
|Live Blog||Minnesota vs. Toledo | Minnesota vs. NDSU|
|Social Media||@GopherSoccer | Facebook|
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
With a 2013 recruiting class of eight and four transfers who joined the Gopher Soccer Family for the 2013 season, the Gophers have added new blood to the roster. The incoming freshman bring six Minnesota natives including Erin Booth, Mara Doughterty, Tarah Hobbs, Vanessa Johnston, Simone Kolander, and Ashley Pafko as well as two Wisconsin natives in Rashida Beal and Josee Stiever. The transfers will also prove to be important additions to the roster bringing Allie Giddings, Jen Larrick, Olivia Schultz and Taylor Stainbrook to Minnesota who all bring collegiate soccer experience with them.
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.
Friday's match against Toledo is Camp Day! Campers wearing their UM Soccer Camp shirts get into the game for $1 at the gate! Sunday's promotions include High School Day and MTA Day. All high school teams who submit a team roster in advance will receive free admission to the game. Also, all Minnesota Thunder Academy players wearing their Carolina jerseys receive free admission at the gate. Want to see the promotions for the rest of the season? Visit the promotions page!
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