Sept. 14, 2012
|| Minnesota vs. Ohio State
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team kicks off the Big Ten Conference season this Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio as they take on Ohio State. The Golden Gophers carry a 5-3-0 record into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and look to garner their first Big Ten opener win since 2009.
Scouting Ohio State
Led by senior forward Tiffany Cameron and junior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman, the Buckeyes boast a 5-2 overall record that includes a pair of wins over ranked opponents in Maryland and Missouri. Cameron is tied for first in the league with four game-winning goals, while Middleman is third with a 0.55 goals-against average.
Turning Things Around
Minnesota has struggled previously in Big Ten openers with posting a 7-8-3 record since league play began in 1994. The last time they won a Big Ten opener was a 1-0 decision over Iowa in 2009.
This season will be the second-straight year that Minnesota has opened with Ohio State. Last year, they ended in a 1-1 draw.
Playing Over 90
The Gophers and Buckeyes have played six overtime matches in the last 10 regular season meetings. Ohio State has come out on top eight of those 10 matches along with tying once. The Gophers lone win was in 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.
Leading the Nation
On Tuesday, Taylor Uhl was official tagged as the nation's leading scorer with 26 points (11 goals, 4 assists). This was possible because she has notched two hat tricks thus far this season, which brings her career total to four. (NCAA stats)
Look Sharp, Play Sharp
The Gophers unveiled brand new kits Thursday before practice. They feature the European style hoops with solid colored shorts. Minnesota will be wearing maroon jerseys with gold hoops in Sunday's game against Ohio State. (Release)
Uhl Goes Streaking
Uhl broke the school record for consecutive matches with a goal being scored in the first 10 minutes of the San Diego match, but the sophomore would continue to extend the streak two more matches. Uhl had her streak come to an end at nine in the Sunday match-up with Western Kentucky as they shadowed her the entire match.
Four days later, her 11-match streak of recording a point was snapped in the team's 1-0 loss to San Deigo State.
In four of the eight games this season, the Gophers have nabbed the lead within the first 10 minutes. The lone matches they didn't score early on was against USC and Western Kentucky, both still ended in favor of Minnesota.
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