Minnesota tries to move to 10-0 this afternoon when they take on Boston University. BU lost its first game of the Minnesota Gold Classic Friday afternoon to Wisconsin-Milwaukee by a 2-0 score.
Final score: Minnesota 1, BU 0. With every player on the Minnesota end of the pitch but the BU keeper, the Gophers fended off a pair of possessions by the Terriers to preserve the win. Your Golden Gophers are 10-0 and Minnesota Gold Classic champions!
The Gophers just missed by a hair on a scoring chance for Molly Rouse on a pass from Schwartz. Rouse lunged for the Schwartz pass but her shot sailed just wide the right of the goal. With just six minutes left, the Gophers have still not given up on the counter attack.
Tam Strahota has re-entered the game for the Gophers. With Schwartz and Strahota on the pitch together, it looks as if head coach Mikki Denney Wright is looking for a second goal to help put the game away.
Tensions are starting to build here as this match enters the final fifteen minutes. Although the Gophers have controlled play throughout the second half and still lead by a 1-0 score with 15:50 remaining, BU has pressured the Minnesota zones throughout the match and Lindsey Dare will certainly be tested again before this afternoon's match is over.
Senior striker Lindsey Schwartz has just entered the game for freshman counterpart Tam Strahota. It will be interesting - both through the rest of the half and throughout the remainder of the season - to see how Schwartz' cunning vs. Strahota's speed changes the dynamic of the Gopher attack.
Gophers goalkeeper Lindsey Dare just made a pair of nice saves to keep the game scoreless. Dare has made three saves thus far this afternoon after making a season-high four saves in Minnesota's 2-0 Friday night victory over Brown.
Best guess is that the Minnesota coaching staff gave the Gophers a big halftime op talk. Minnesota seems to be playing faster and tougher this half. We'll have to pay close attention to see if Minnesota's trademark superior conditioning starts to dictate play here in the second half.
Minnesota has come out in the second half with its hair of fire. Early pressure led by Julie Rezac and Sara Clancy has led to a corner kick a pair of through-balls.
GOAL! Katie Shelander, who is playing well today and we pointed out earlier, fed freshman teammate Shari Eckstrom in the last minute of the first half to put the Gophers up 1-0 going into the intermission. Eckstrom's goal is her second of the season and first since Minnesota's season-opener.
True freshman forward Tam Strahota continues to impress with her acceleration and speed. Although she might have something to learn from her more experience teammates in the way of handling the ball and vision, Strahota's speed on the field is simply unmatched.
The Gophers have been getting some physical play by wide midfielders Angie Olson and Katie Shelander here in the latter stages of the half. Although the Gophers haven't been able to piece together a great scoring chance, the midfield play has really picked up for Minnesota.
Minnesota fans were just treated to a nifty series of moves by senior Lindsey Schwartz, who dodged a pair of Terriers as she moved the ball upfield. The Schwartz play drew a series of "ooohs" and "ahhhhhs" from the ELR crowd.
Through the first part of the first half, Boston University has been successful turning away the Minnesota counter-attack by turning away long Minnesota passes. It will be interesting to see if Minnesota turns to a more patient strategy in the midfield.
Through the game's first 20 minutes, the Gophers are not looking as sharp as they did on Friday night. We'll see how they respond to BU's early pressure...
Minnesota soccer fans could not ask for a better day weather-wise. Considering we're playing in Minnesota, where the weather is unpredictable, 72 degrees and sunny is just about perfect.
The BU-Minnesota match has been a physical one from the outset. Neither team has really taken control of the match, but it's clear both teams have come out this afternoon with an intent to establish themselves aggressively.
The Minnesota-BU match gets underway just a little past the 1:00 start time. Our first match of the day between UWM and Brown ended in a 2-2 tie after two overtime periods.
The Gophers come out in their home white jerseys with maroon numerals while the Terriers don red jerseys with white numbers and white trim.