We headed back out east on the road this weekend to take on Boston University and Northeastern. Friday we faced BU and the game ended in a 1-1 double overtime tie. It was a face-paced game that left us wondering because it should have been ours. The team learned from its mistakes on Friday and came out Sunday against Northeastern with some built-up aggression.
The game was ours from the start. The outcome ended in our favor with a 3-0 victory over the Huskies. Defensively we were sound all over the field. This was a change in which our coaching staff said that would made a huge difference for us, and it did.
Our preseason and non-conference games are now over. We ended the non-conference season 4-3-1. It was the toughest preseason schedule the Minnesota Soccer team has ever faced, as we played many teams that have been voted to win their conference. Battling great teams in preparation for our regular season was key because it gave us a chance to live and learn. We’ve learned from our mistakes and we’ve grown as a whole. Our team has made immense growth from day one. There is an enormous amount of talent on this team and I can’t wait to see how the regular season pans out.
This preseason, we’ve competed at a high level with many great teams. The great competition over the past few weeks has prepared us for our Big Ten Conference season, as our Big Ten home opener is this weekend. We face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Every Big Ten game is test. Nothing is ever set in stone and anything can happen on any given day. We have to be prepared both mentally and physically for every game. It’s going to be an exciting Big Ten season for the Minnesota Gophers! We hope you will all come and support us. Hopefully we will see you all at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium this weekend!