Minnesota Heads to Battle in the Hawkeye State

Go Gophers! Steph Brandt
Go Gophers!
Steph Brandt
Go Gophers!

Oct. 6, 2011

The University of Minnesota hits the road to face one of the top teams this season in the Big Ten Conference in the University of Iowa. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

Last Time Out
The Golden Gophers (4-7-2, 1-2-2 Big Ten) welcomed No. 24 Penn State into Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium with hopes of defeating the nationally ranked team, but the Nittany Lions tallied a goal in the 84th minute to pull out a 1-0 road victory.

Scouting Iowa
The Hawkeyes are currently playing one of its most historic seasons as it holds a record of 10-1-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the Big Ten.  They suffered their only loss of the season last Friday night at home against Michigan, 1-0, but Iowa rebounded to come back and defeat Michigan State by the same score on Sunday.

The Black and Gold have proven to be a fairly balanced offensive team as it has five players that have double digit points. The leader of the pack is freshman Cloe Lacasse, who has 25 points (10 goals, five assists). The Canadian currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten in points per game (1.92).

In goal for the Hawkeyes is Emily Moran who has tallied a school record 32 wins in her career. Moran has only allowed eight goals this season and has the best goal against average in the Big Ten at 0.59. Overall, Iowa has allowed nine goals which are the fewest by any school in the conference.

Series
The Gophers hold an advantage in the all-time series at 9-3-2 while Coach Denney Wright is 5-1-1 versus the Hawkeyes. The last time the Maroon and Gold lost to Iowa was a 1-0 match at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in 2007. Since the schools began playing one another in 1997, only three matches have been decided by more than on goal (1997, 1998 and 2000).

Looking Back at 2010
The Golden Gophers snagged a first half lead when Lauren Bauer and MacKenzie Misel assisted Shari Eckstrom in the 32nd minute. Minnesota carried the 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Hawkeyes wanted to defend their home turf and retaliated in the 69th minute as they scored off a corner. The two would battle in an attempt to score the game-winning goal, but the match would end in a 1-1 draw.

Freshman Phenom
Freshman Taylor Uhl is only the seventh freshman in Minnesota's 19-year history to tally at least eight goals in their first season wearing the Maroon and Gold. She also is third all-time in the freshman records for notching four game-winning goals, which trails only Jennifer Walek (6 in 1993) and Tamara Strahota (5 in 2008).

Road Warriors
The Golden Gophers have played 8-of-13 matches on the road this season, which is the most in the conference.

Super Seniors
Currently, this year's senior class of Shari Eckstrom, Katie Roberts-Carlson and Josie Solie have a career winning percentage of .683, which ranks them third all-time among all previous Minnesota senior classes.

Next Time Out
Minnesota hits the road next weekend for its final regular season road trip of the 2011 season. The Gophers faces Illinois in Champaign, Ill. on Friday and then travels Evanston, Ill. to take on Northwestern.

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