|| Minnesota at Indiana/Purdue
Oct. 18, 2012
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team begins a three-game road sweep this weekend when they travel to Indiana and Purdue. The Gophers are set to face the Hoosiers at 4:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 19. Two days later on Oct. 21, Minnesota takes on Purdue at 12 p.m. CT.
The Hoosiers come into the weekend with an 8-7-1, 3-5 B1G record. The team is riding high on a 3-1 streak, winning the last two including a double-overtime win against Michigan State.
Lisa Nouanesengsy and Orianica Velasquez lead the Indiana offense with seven and six goals, respectively. Rebecca Candler has been the key playmaker, serving up nine assists.
The Gophers hold a solid 13-7-2 lead in the all-time series against Indiana. However, since the two teams began competition in 1993, Minnesota has only won on Hoosier soil four times out of ten meetings. Last year, Minnesota gathered a 3-1 victory for its fourth win in a row against the conference opponents.
Led by head coach Robert Klatte, in his 15th year at the position, the Boilermakers return home afgter a three-game road swing in which the team saw three shutout losses. As the regular season comes to a close, Purdue sits in second to last place in the conference but remains in contention for a spot in the Big Ten tournament.
Hungry to end its drought, Purdue will look to reliable offensive weapons Jordan Pawlik and Alex Hairston. Pawlikleads the team with seven goals, while Hairston leads with eight assists on the season.
The all-time series between the Gophers and the Boilermakers has been a tight race since the first meeting in 1998. Purdue currently holds an 8-7-0 edge in the series but the Maroon and Gold have nabbed four of the last five games. In the most recent match, the Boilermakers claimed a 1-2 victory on their home pitch.
Climbing the Ranks
Minnesota has had a recent surge of success, winning four of its last six competitions. The peak has come with perfect timing too. With only three games left in the regular season, the Gophers sit comfortably as the No. 4 rank in the Big Ten and are guaranteed a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. As the team takes to the field this weekend, the players look to keep improving in conference action in hopes of securing their best possible seeded position in the tournament.
The Last Meeting
October 21, 2011
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Gophers Trump Indiana at Home 3-1
On a brisk night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the University of Minnesota women's soccer jumped on Indiana University early, as the Gophers grabbed its second-straight victory in a 3-1 defeat of the Hoosiers.
The Last Meeting
October 23, 2011
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium
Not only have the records shown recent on-field success for the Gophers but the women's soccer team has been seeing benefits in the RPI standings. Minnesota is currently placed at No. 39 after hoving near No. 50 for the past few weeks.
Minnesota has been forced into overtime five times this season, and they have been triumphant only once, which came against then-No. 24 South Carolina. In the three losses and single draw, the Maroon & Gold held a distinct shot attempt and shot-on goal advantage over their opponents.
Sophomore Taylor Uhl has been a huge part in the Gophers' success this season, having 16 goals and nine assists. She holds the top position in the league in points (41), a statistic that, as of Oct. 14, ranks her second in the nation. 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).
In the History Books
During her tenure with the Gophers, senior Cat Parkhill has carved her name into the Minnesota record books. Coming into the weekend, she sits atop the all-time list in goalkeeper minutes played with 7268:25. She also ranks second with a 0.97 career goals-against-average, second with 44 career wins, and third with 259 career saves.
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 120-51-12 on their home pitch, which is a .656 winning percentage.
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.
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.