Oct. 10, 2013
|Minnesota (9-3-1, 2-2-1) at Northwestern (0-5-0, 2-9-2)|
|Date/Time||Saturday, October 12 | 5 p.m.|
|Live Video||Gopher All-Access|
|Live Blog||Game Day Live|
|Official Sites||Minnesota | Northwestern|
|Social Media||@GopherSoccer | Facebook|
LAST WEEK IN GOPHER SOCCER
After being on the road for three weekends in a row, the University of Minnesota women's soccer team returned home to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium to host Big Ten opponents, Ohio State University and Penn State University.
Friday evening, despite the windy and wet conditions, the Golden Gophers were able to hold the Buckeyes to a scoreless draw infront of an excited home crowd. The Gophers and Buckeyes battled for 200 minutes, while freshman goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs was able to collect seven saves during the double overtime campaign. Read more about Friday's match against Ohio State here.
Going into the Sunday afternoon match against unbeaten then-No. 7 Penn State, the Gophers were looking to pick up their second upset of the season, while adding a tally to their win column. Minensota was able to do just that as they shutout Penn State, 1-0, in front of an excited crowd who spent Sunday afternoon rocking the Robbie. Sophomore forward, Haley Heleverson, was able to score the golden game-winning goal in the 17th minute for the Gophers and Hobbs was able to have her second consecutive seven save game and her third consecutive Big Ten shutout. Read more about Sunday's match against Penn State here.
The two game homestand allowed the Gophers to improve to 9-3-1 on the season and 2-2-1 in Big Ten play. The complete Big Ten standings can be found here.
THIS WEEK IN GOPHER SOCCER
This weekend, the Gophers hit the road again to take on Big Ten foe, Northwestern. The two teams will play at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT. Game Day Live - Northwestern
The Wildcats are coming off a 1-0 loss to Purdue on the road last Sunday afternoon. Despite their conference record, 0-5-0, Northwestern has kept all of their Big Ten matches close as each of the five games have been decided by just one goal. They will be looking to collect their first Big Ten win of the season as the Gophers travel to Evanston for their lone match of the weekend. Senior midfielder Julie Sierks was able to score her second goal of the seaon against Inidana last Friday evening while freshman Addie Steiner has had a variety of scoring opportunities thus far. Read more about Northwestern's match against Purdue last weekend here.
Shots: Haley Helverson (24)
Shots on Goal: Katie Thyken/Josee Stiever (11)
Goals: Katie Thyken (5)
Assists: Simone Kolander/Taylor Stainbrook (3)
BIG TEN HONORS
After an impressive weekend, two seven save games and her third-consecutive shutout, freshman goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs recieved a few well-deserved accolades for her outstanding performances. Hobbs, who is leading the Big Ten in save percentage (.873) and saves per game (5.5), was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week as well as Co-Freshman of the Week.
This is Hobbs first set of Big Ten honors and the first Big Ten honor Minnesota has recieved since Cat Parkhill was named Defensive Player of the Week last year.
ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL
The Gophers have found a way to bring the concept of "teamwork" alive on the field each and every game. The Gophers have seen a vast variety of goal scorers this season as well as scoring opportunities created by different players each time. The Gophers have allowed the element of surprise in their game because no one knows who will step up during that specific game. The Gophers have had twelve different players with goals and/or assists.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Did you know that the Gophers are unbeaten at home this season? They have three more opportunities to be victorious in front of their home crowd in 2013.
- Did you know that Katie Thyken is only two goals away from her career-high seven goals that she set last season with six games to go?
- Did you know that the Gophers have won each of their Sunday matches this season?
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 128-51-12. Minnesota looks to extend that home win count when they meet Iowa and Nebraska next weekend at the Robbie.
Follow the match between Northwestern and the Golden Gophers by tuning into the live stats, live game day blog and live tweet updates that can be found here.
RETURNING TO THE ROBBIE
The Gophers will return to the Robbie for their last two-game weekend of the season on Oct. 18 when they start the two-game homestand with a match against Iowa on Friday evening.
Friday, Oct. 18 - Iowa - 7 p.m. - Purchase Tickets
Dads & Daughters Day $15 package:
2 tickets to Oct. 18 Gophers vs. Iowa game
1 Minnesota Soccer Scarf
1 Minnesota picture frame magnet
1 Dad & Daughter picture together
*Note: There is a limit of 30 packages available for purchase. Visit mygophersports.com to purchase this package.
Sunday, Oct. 20 - Nebraska - 1 p.m. - Purchase Tickets
Senior Day: Come out and support your seniors at one of their last games as a gopher!
High School Day: All high school teams interested in attending the game please submit your rosters to Stephanie firstname.lastname@example.org (by Oct. 17 at 4pm) in advance to get in for Free.
HopeKids Day: The Gophers welcome all HopeKids families out for Gopher Soccer!
Girl Scouts Day $10 package:
1 ticket to the game
1 candy & soda voucher
1 Girl Scouts patch & goodie bag
Postgame autograph session with the team
For more information on how to purchase this package call the ticket office at 1-800-U-GOPHER (1-800-846-7437)
U of M Student Day: Free Minnesota Soccer Scarves to first 200 students in attendance. Free admission with U-card
Faculty/Staff Day: Gophers invite all Faculty and Staff to their game to show their support. Call the ticket office for more information on how to get tickets.
Goldy’s Kids Club Day: All Goldy’s Kids Club members are invited to attend today’s game and will receive gopher soccer goodie bags!
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 18 against Iowa.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
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