|| Minnesota vs. Iowa
After a week-long break, the Gophers will return home to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 7 for a battle against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. CT.
As part of the halftime celebration, the University of Minnesota will honor the women's soccer program as the 2012 season marks its 20-year anniversary. Team alumni will be recognized as well as a special honoring of former Gopher standout Jen Walek, who was indcuted into the M Club Hall of Fame this year. Free limited edition 20th Anniversary posters will be handed out at the gate to mark the ocassion.
Last Time Out
Despite scoring three goals, Minnesota fell to Penn State, 4-3, on Sunday to move to 2-3-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Sophomore Taylor Uhl was a catalyst on offense for the Golden Gophers, as she netted one goal and tallied an assist for another.
"We are very, very close to taking that next step," said head coach Stefanie Golan after the match. "The girls battled hard and put Penn State under a lot of pressure, possibly more than they have had the majority of this season. We were able to score three goals against a good team, but unfortunately, we had small errors that limited us from pulling out a win."
The Hawkeyes enter the week boasting an overall record of 11-1-2 and standing fourth among the conference (2-1-2). Sophomore Cloe Lacasse leads the team with 11 goals, including four game-winners, and six assists.
Iowa's defense will test the Gopher attack as the backline has already combined for nine shutouts, allowing just seven goals through 14 contests, to tie the program record.
Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Clark has been the anchor in that success. Clark has gathered 34 saves for a .919 save percentage, placing her first in the Big Ten and second nationally.
Minnesota leads the all-time series against Iowa 10-3-2. The Gophers have not lost to the conference foe since 2007 and have not met the team on home turf since 2009.
Last season, the Hawkeyes held home field advantage for the dual but Minnesota defeated their hosts and walked away with the 2-1 victory.
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.
Alumni of the soccer program will be welcomed and honored at Sunday's game as the University of Minnesota will pay tribute to the storied history of Gopher Soccer.
Minnesota vs. the Big Ten
Minnesota currently sits second in the Big Ten in shot attempts and third in points accumulated. The Gophers' potent offense has also acquired 72 corners, which is second 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 10 offside calls through all 13 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 13 matches this season, they have snagged the lead within the first 20 minutes of play in eight of them. Also, only four 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, having 13 goals and eight assists. After two stellar performances this past weekend, she moved to rank first in the nation in points, points per game, and goals.
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 (13). 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 119-51-11 on their home pitch, which is a .657 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.