Gophers To Travel East For A Pair of B1G Matches
Sept. 27, 2017

Minnesota (5-2-3) at No. 16 Rutgers (8-0-2) | at Maryland (7-2-1)
 Game 1 Minnesota at Rutgers | Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location Yurcak Field | Piscataway, N.J.
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 Game 2
Minnesota at Maryland | Sunday, Oct. 1 at 12:00 p.m CT
 Location Ludwig Field | College Park, Md.
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Back on the road, the University of Minnesota soccer team will play on the east coast for the first time this season with matchups against No. 16 Rutgers and Maryland. The Gophers will play the Scarlet Knights on Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT and Maryland at 12:00 p.m. CT on Sunday.


Rutgers (8-0-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) has allowed just one goal this season, which they allowed in their last game in a 2-1 win over Illinois. Senior forward Colby Ciarrocca, the daughter of Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, leads the Scarlet Knights offensive attack with six goals, and 14 points overall. Rutgers redshirt junior goalkeeper Casey Murphy has made 30 saves this season, and has shutout nine of the 10 opponents the Scarlet Knights have faced this season. This meeting will be the first meeting between the two programs since the 2016 Big Ten Tournament Championship game in which the Gophers won 2-1. 

Maryland comes in with a 7-2-1 record this season, and finished undefeated in their non-conference schedule. The Terrapins have begun Big Ten play with a 1-2 record, but they remained undefeated at home with a 4-0-0 record. They have scored 13 goals this season, led by Mikayla Dayes and Chelsea Jackson with three goals each. The Terrapins have played two goalkeepers this year, with Rachel Egyed getting nine of the ten starts. She has made 41 saves this season, and has a 0.83 goals against average.


The Gophers were able to defeat Michigan State at home in big fashion. Minnesota broke a program-record for goals against a Big Ten opponent with seven. April Bockin was not only able to score her first goal of the season, but add program-record four assists in the victory. In all, six different Minnesota players scored in the game, with Sydney Squires being the only player to score multiple times. Athena Kuehn had a goal and an assist in the win, becoming the first freshman since 2014 to notch both in the same game and the first against a Big Ten opponent since 2011.


The Gophers this season have worked their way up to being the No. 1 ranked offensive in the Big Ten. Minnesota leads the conference in total goals with 25. Squires has scored nine of those this season. They also lead in assists with 28, seven of those coming from Bockin. The 78 total points for the Maroon and Gold leads the conference, with 21 coming from Squires. Minnesota also leads in total shots with 195, with Squires also leading the team in that category with 30.


After her big performance against Michigan State, Bockin was able to receive the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after registering one goal and five assists in the weekend. She tied not only a program-record with four assists, but tied a Big Ten record, and more impressively, it came in just 36 minutes of play.


On Sunday, the Gophers were able to score multiple goals in less than three minutes on two separate occasions. The first two goals for the Gophers came within two minutes and 47 seconds, both from Squires. Then in the second half, Minnesota got goals from April Bockin and Julianna Gernes in just two minutes and 17 seconds. Minnesota has done this other times this season with Gernes scoring two goals in four minutes and two seconds of each other against Michigan. Squires scored multiple goals against Iowa State in quick fashion with two goals coming in two minutes and one second and then two more goals in one minute and 59 seconds.


Junior goalkeeper Kailee Sharp has started seven games for the Gophers this season, and has an average of 0.54 goals against this season, which is second best in the Big Ten. Her current goals against average would be third best for a single season behind Lindsey Dare (0.45) in 2008 and Tarah Hobbs (0.53) in 2016.




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