Gophers Head to Madison For Border Battle
Sept. 13, 2017

 Minnesota (4-1-2) vs No. 9 Wisconsin (6-1-0)
 Date/Time Saturday, Sept. 13 | 4:00 p.m. CT
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-1-2) will travel to Madison, Wis. to begin Big Ten play this Saturday. The Big Ten opener will begin at 4 p.m. on Sept. 16 against the No. 9 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (6-1-0).


Wisconsin has netted 12 goals in their six victories this season, with four of them coming from sophomore standout Dani Rhodes. The Badgers took down then No. 3 Virginia on Aug. 31 in Charlottesville, and lost to No. 2 ranked Standford 5-0 on Aug. 20 in a tough non-conference schedule. They have averaged 13.6 shots per game this season, with 58 percent of their shots on goal. Goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem has allowed six goals this season, and has a shutout in four of the seven games this year, good enough for the third most in the Big Ten.


Minnesota took on Utah State in the non-conference finale last Friday night, and took care of the Aggies 5-0 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Sydney Squires scored a pair of goals to add to her Big Ten leading seven goals. Julianna Gernes netted the game-winning goal in the first half with an impressive finish with her left foot that curved into the back of the net near the end of the first half. Freshmen also got in on the scoring in the second half with Makenzie Langdok and Arianna Del Moral scoring a goal each, along with Athena Kuehn netting an assist for the 2017 freshmen class.

"We focused on being composed inside the 18 today. Julianna's goal was exactly that. When the ball ended up at her feet, she had a defender on her, but she didn't panic and was able to beat that defender and finish back post with her left foot like a finisher should," head coach Stefanie Golan said.


The Gophers back line has been one of the best in the nation in the non-conference. Minnesota has allowed just 13 shots on goal, the fewest in the Big Ten. Minnesota has allowed just three goals in the 2017 season, that is the second fewest in program-history only behind the 2015 and 2008 teams, who both made the NCAA Tournament. The starting defenders of Emily Peterson, Maddie Gaffney, Nikki Albrecht and Tori Burnett have combined for more points (eight) than they have allowed this season (four).


Nine different players have scored this season, that already matches the 2016 total of nine players, and is the most in a single season since 2015 when the Gophers had 13 different players score. Squires and Gernes are the only two players with multiple goals this season.


In 30 of the last 31 games, the Gophers have given up one or less goals including a current streak of 23 straight games. During those 23 games, Minnesota has shut out 14 opponents, with four of those being this season.

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