University of Minnesota sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Dare (Apple Valley, Minn.) was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after tying a 13-year old school record with 15 saves on Sunday at Brown. She shares the honor with Illinois’ defender Emily Zurrer.
Despite giving up her first goal of the season, Dare played all 110 minutes in the 2-2, double-overtime tie against the Bears and kept the Golden Gophers in the match with a number of phenomenal saves down the stretch. Dare’s 15 saves tied the school’s single-match record originally set by Teresa O’Hearn on Sept. 30, 1994 at Ohio State in the program’s second year of existence.
With her performance, Dare remained unbeaten with a 3-0-1 record on the season. She leads the Big Ten in saves with 41 and save percentage (.953) and has recorded three shutouts in helping Minnesota to a 4-1-1 start, its best since 2002.
Dare is the first Gopher soccer player to be named Player of the Week since Molly Schneider earned back-to-back defensive honors on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, 2005. Prior to that, Minnesota had not had a player receive the award since Karli Kopietz on Sept. 16, 2002.
Minnesota returns home this weekend to host the Gopher Invitational at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The Gophers will face No. 30 Dartmouth on Friday night at 7 p.m., and Northern Colorado on Sunday at 1 p.m. Weather permitting, Sunday’s match will appear live in the Gold Zone, the premium content site for Golden Gopher athletics.