|Minnesota (4-2-2) vs Michigan (4-2-3)|
|Date/Time||Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium | St. Paul, Minn.|
|Social Media||@GopherSoccer | Facebook | Instagram|
On the Big Ten Network for the first time this season, the University of Minnesota soccer team (4-2-2, 0-1-0 Big Ten) will host the Michigan Wolverines (4-2-3, 1-1 Big Ten) on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
The Wolverines will be playing on the Big Ten Network for the second straight game when they take the pitch in St. Paul. Two of the past four opponents for the Wolverines have been ranked, collecting a record of 0-1-1 against ranked opponents and 1-2-1 in the past four games. Michigan's leading scorer is Taylor Timko, a redshirt junior, who has scored three goals and has added two assists on 26 shots. Michigan has had three different keepers in goal for them this season. Freshman Hillary Beall played the most recently against Indiana, playing all 90 minutes in the win. This season she has played in five games, and given up three goals with an 87.5 percent save percentage. The Wolverines are coaches by Greg Ryan, who is in his 10th year with Michigan and has won over 100 games in Ann Arbor.
LAST TIME OUT - WISCONSIN
The Gophers fell in a thriller in Madison last weekend, with the Badgers winning in overtime on a penalty kick. The Gophers were outshot for the first time this season at 19-6, but Minnesota was far more accurate with four of their six shots on goal versus just five of 19 for Wisconsin. Minnesota had quality opportunities that just didn't find their way in and had one moment in regulation where senior Sydney Squires put a ball in the net, but there was an offside called on the play.
"We started a little slow today, but as the game wore on I thought we became stronger and stronger." head coach Stefanie Golan said. "We had just as many quality opportunities today, but if goal scoring was easy, everyone would do it."
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have put up the fourth most shots in the Big Ten this season at 132, but have the most shots per game at a whopping 16.5 per game rate. Although Minnesota has scored just two goals per game, they have had the fourth most shots on goal per game in the Big Ten with seven per game.
THE PROTECTORS OF THE GOAL
This season the Gophers have surrendered just four goals in eight games, which is tied for the second fewest in the Big Ten. With three of the Gopher goals have been unassisted goals, and two of them being penalty kicks, the Gophers have only given up two true in game goals this season.
This season junior goalkeeper Kailee Sharp has a goals against average of 0.36, which is second fewest in the Big Ten. Last game, Sharp tied her season and career-high in saves in a single match with four, and has made 10 saves this season in five games. Her save percentage is at 83.3 percent this season, which is fifth in the Big Ten.
-- Minnesota Soccer (@GopherSoccer) September 18, 2017
SYD THE KID
Sydney Squires has scored seven goals this season, which is the second most in the Big Ten. She is approaching her career-high for goals in a season (eight in 2016) and is already at 15 points (previous season-high is 18 in 2016).
Free water bottles at the Robbie! This Thursday if you are one of the first 200 fans, you will get a free Gopher 25 seasons water bottle. pic.twitter.com/9IW7EbhyO0
-- Minnesota Soccer (@GopherSoccer) September 19, 2017
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