|| Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
Sept. 26, 2012
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team begins its week early with a Thursday match-up against Wisconsin (7-3-0, 1-2-0 B1G) at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Minnesota (6-5-0, 1-2-0 B1G) looks to come away with the victory to start the annual Border Battle with a bang.
Tomorrow's match is also a `GOLD OUT.' Come decked out in GOLD to support the Gophers! First 100 fans receive GOLD soccer shirts. Use the online code "GOLDENGOPHERS" to purchase discounted $4 tickets. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. CT.
The Badgers come into the week on the tail of a 1-1 finish last weekend. Wisconsin defeated Michigan State 1-0 on Friday before falling 3-0 to Michigan on Sunday, moving the team to 7-3-0 on the season.
Wisconsin is anchored by redshirt junior Paige Adams who currently leads the team with four goals. The team is also aided by the sharp feet of Monica Lam-Feist and Kinley McNicoll who have tallied 29 and 22 shots, respectively.
Along with bragging rights, the winner would take the lead in the all-time series as both are currently deadlocked at 11-11-1.
The teams have played fairly even throughout the storied history, but as of late the Gophers have dominated the competition. Since 2007, the Maroon and Gold have strung together a 4-1-1 record over the conference foe.
The 2012-13 season marks the ninth year of the Border Battle competition between the athletic programs. Last year the Badgers came from behind, sweeping the final three Big Ten Championships, to win the trophy 455-425 and tie the series at four wins apiece. Before the close defeat, the Gophers had won the previous three consecutive trophies.
Minnesota vs. the Big Ten
Minnesota currently sits second in the Big Ten in shot attempts and fourth in points accumulated. The Gophers' potent offense has also acquired 62 corners, which is top in the league. Despite having an aggressive offense, the Maroon & Gold have shown that they build their attack up from the backline with having only nine offside calls through all 11 matches of the season.
Minnesota has been forced into overtime four times this season, and they have been triumphant only once, which came against then-No. 24 South Carolina. In the three losses, the Maroon & Gold held a distinct shot attempt and shot-on goal advantage over their opponents.
In Minnesota's 11 matches this season, they have snagged the lead within the first 20 minutes of play in seven of them. Also, only three times this season has the Maroon & Gold not scored the first goal of a match (USC, San Diego State and Michigan).
Sophomore Taylor Uhl has been a huge part in the Gophers' success this season with having 11 goals and six assists. Nationally, she ranks first in points per game, and ties for first in goals and for total points.
Uhl has been able to accomplish these marks due to notching two hat tricks already this season while also setting records for consecutive matches with a goal (nine) and a point (11). Her stunning numbers have allowed her to collect one Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor this fall (Sept. 3).
Defending the Robbie
The Golden Gophers have proven over their 20 seasons as a program that it is tough for opponents to pullout a road victory. Over the 20-year span, Minnesota is 118-51-11 on their home pitch, which is a .655 winning percentage.
Taking Over the Reigns
The Golden Gophers are under new leadership for the 2012 season as former head coach Mikki Denney Wright resigned to commit more time to her family. Insert new head coach Stefanie Golan, who was formerly at Army for three seasons. Golan led the Black Knights to a 33-18-10 record in three seasons while also guiding them to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2011, which was only the second in program history.
Strahota Back for a Fifth-Year
After suffering a lower leg injury before the 2011 season, senior Tamara Strahota returns this year for a fifth season. The Burnsville, Minn. was a decorated player prior to her injury with being named a Freshman All-American in 2008 and scoring 41 points in her three playing seasons. An athletic and speedy defender, Strahota will be looked at to lead the Gopher defense.
20th Year Anniversary
This fall marks the 20th-year anniversary for Golden Gopher soccer. In that time, the Maroon & Gold have reached the NCAA Tournament seven times and garnered three Big Ten Championships.