Gophers Return Home to Rock the Robbie

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Olivia Schultz scored the game-winning goal against Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

Go Gophers!
Olivia Schultz scored the game-winning goal against Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
Go Gophers!
 Gopher Soccer (8-3-0) Hosts Ohio State/Penn State
 Friday, Oct. 4 Minnesota vs. Ohio State | 7 p.m.
 Sunday, Oct. 6 Minnesota vs. Penn State | 1 p.m.
 Location Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium - Directions
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Oct. 3, 2013

LAST WEEK IN GOPHER SOCCER
The Minnesota Golden Gophers traveled to Michigan in order to play Big Ten opponents Michigan State and Michigan over the weekend. 

On Friday afternoon, the Gophers were defeated by Michigan State 3-0. While Minnesota outshot the Spartans 21-13, the Gophers were unable to score an equalizer and utimately fell after 90 minutes of play in East Lansing, Mich. [Recap Here]

Sunday was a different story for the Golden Gophers. After starting the Big Ten with two losses, Minnesota was looking for their first conference win of the season. The Gophers came out strong and in the 37th minute, transfer Olivia Schultz was able to score the Gophers. Minnesota was able to hold the lead over the Wolverines and found themselves upsetting No. 13 Michigan in a 1-0 shutout. [Recap Here]

The split weekend in Michigan allowed the Gophers to improve their overall record to 8-3-0 on the season (1-2-0 Big Ten). [Big Ten Standings Here]


THIS WEEK IN GOPHER SOCCER
After three weeks on the road, the Gophers return home to "Rock the Robbie." Minnesota will host the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday evening at 7 p.m. CST. Then the Gophers will take on the No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon. [Game Day Live - Ohio State] | [Game Day Live - Penn State]

SCOUTING OHIO STATE
The Buckeyes are also coming off of a split weekend after topping Indiana, 3-1, last Thursday and being defeated by Purdue, 1-0, on Sunday. Nichelle Prince is leading the Buckeyes with six goals and four assists (14 points). She scored most recently in the match against Indiana. She is also leading the team in shots with 40. Ohio State is 7-2-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in Big Ten Play. [Purdue vs Ohio State Recap Here]

SCOUTING PENN STATE
The No. 7 Nittany Lions are on the road for the first time this conference season. Penn State travels to Wisconsin and Minnesota after a successful Big Ten weekend. The Nittany Lions defeated both Purdue, 6-1, and Indiana, 4-1. The Lions were able to have five different goalscorers in the match against Purdue. Raquel Rodriguez, Maya Hayes and Tani Costa, who scored in the Purdue match, were also about to tally one each for Penn State against Indiana. Penn State is 9-1-1 on the season and undefeated in the Big Ten. [Indiana vs Penn State Recap Here]

THE SERIES

Ohio State

The Buckeyes hold an 11-9-2 lead in the all-time series. The are undefeated in the last four meetings between the two teams. Last year the Gophers lost to Ohio State in overtime. [2012 Recap Here]

Penn State

The Penn State Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 20-3-0. Last year, Penn State defeated the Gophers 4-3 last season. The last time PSU was defeated by the Golden Gophers was Oct. 21, 2007 when they fell 1-0 in double overtime. [2012 Recap Here]

GOPHER LEADERBOARD

Shots: Haley Helverson (21)

Goals: Katie Thyken (5)

Assists: Simone Kolander/Taylor Stainbrook (3)

GOALKEEPER GLORY

Freshman goalkeeper, Tarah Hobbs, has stepped up in a big way for the Golden Gophers. Through eight games, Hobbs has tallied 41 saves. Currently she ranks first in the Big Ten in Saves Per Game with a 5.12 average. Hobbs had two consecutive games with nine saves (Indiana/Michigan State) and then she recorded five saves int he match against Michigan this past Sunday. [Big Ten Statistics]

DID YOU KNOW?

- Did you know that twelve different Gophers have tallied a goal or an assit this season?

- Did you know that Katie Thyken is only two goals away from her career-high seven goals that she set last season with eigh games to go?

ROCKING THE ROBBIE

Everyone recieves one dollar admission to Sunday's game against Penn State. The first 500 fans will recieve a "Rock the Robbie" rally towel. Come Rock the Robbie with the Gophers and tweet us your favorite photos from the game using the hashtag #TheRobbie.

DEFENDING THE ROBBIE

With the reputation of being a tough home team, the Golden Gophers are looking to take advantage of their ten home games this fall. Last weekend, the Gophers had two victories at home bringing their overall record on their home pitch to 126-51-12. Minnesota looks to extend that home win count when they meet Ohio State and Penn State at home this weekend. 

TUNING IN

Ohio State

The game will be available to watch via Gopher All-Access. There will be a Live Game Blog, live stats and live Twitter updates throughout the game that can be found on gophersports.com.

Penn State

The game will be available to watch via Gopher All-Access. There will be a Live Game Blog, live stats and live Twitter updates throughout the game that can be found on gophersports.com.

[Game Day Live - Ohio State] | [Game Day Live - Penn State]

SANNEH FOUNDATION CLINIC

The Sanneh Foundation will be holding a clinic for Sanneh participants on the practice field before Friday's game against Ohio State. For more information about The Sanneh Foundation, please visit their website. [The Sanneh Foundation Website]

DINING TO DONATE

Mark your calendars to join Gopher Soccer and Athletic Director, Norwood Teague for the last Dining to Donate with Applebee's in Roseville on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Come out and suppor the Gophers as they take on Penn State and then dine to donate at Applebee's to help support the Gopher's trip to Barcelona this spring. [Dining to Donate Information]

RETURNING TO THE ROBBIE

The Gophers have spent three weeks on the road. They return home this weekend to take on Ohio State and Penn State. Join the crowd and support the Golden Gophers. 

Friday, Oct. 4 - Ohio State - 7 p.m. - Purchase Tickets - Sanneh Foundation Game: Group ticket rate,clinic for kids on practice field, pizza after clinic, ball hand-off kids (2), halftime scrimmage/relay races, and post-game autographs. Celebrate senior Steph Brandt during her Community Day at the Robbie! 

Sunday, Oct. 6 - Penn State - Rock the Robbie! - 1 p.m. - Purchase Tickets
Everyone gets in for $1! The first 500 fans get a special Rock the Robbie Rally Towel. Celebrate Lauren Bauer during her Community Day at the Robbie!

STUDENT SOCCER SCHEDULE
Students who want to support Gopher Soccer but do not have a car are in luck as the soccer student shuttle will continue throughout the remainder of the season. The shuttle will pick up in front of Mariucci Arena on the west side of Oak Street (between Mariucci Arena and TCF Bank Stadium.) Friday's pick up times are 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff with drop off after the game. Sunday's pick up times are 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff with drop off after the game. Maps can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The next home game is October 4 against Ohio State. 

JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Join the conversation by following us on Twitter @gophersoccer and using the hashtags #Gophers, #GopherSoccer and #TheRobbie. You can also find us on Facebook and "Like" our page! /GoldenGopherSoccer