Gophers to Host B1G Opponents
Oct. 18, 2013
LAST WEEK IN GOPHER SOCCER
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team will return home to Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium this weekend after a tough loss on the road last weekend.
The Golden Gophers traveled to Evanston, Ill. to battle the Northwestern University Wildcats last Saturday. Despite their previous weekend's upset of then No. 7 Penn State at home, the Golden Gophers were unable to top the Wildcats. NU was able to pick up their first Big Ten win of 2013. Minnesota was trailled in shots and was out scored by the Wildcats, 2-0.
The loss to Northwestern moved the Gophers to 9-4-1 on the season and 2-3-1 in the Big Ten. The complete Big Ten standings can be found here.
THIS WEEK IN GOPHER SOCCER
Friday night will boast a border battle between Gopher Soccer and their Big Ten foes, Iowa. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday afternoon, the Gophers will host No. 22 Nebraska. The three seniors on the Gophers roster will be honored prior to the slated 1 p.m. kickoff.
Game Day Live - Iowa | Game Day Live - No. 22 Nebraska
Iowa is coming off a Big Ten road win against Indiana. The 2-1 win over the Hooisers allowed the Hawkeyes to move to 3-3-0 in Big Ten play. Their only losses have been to Big Ten teams this season against Michigan (2-1), Illinois (2-1) and Nebraska (2-1). In the match against Indiana, Cloe Lacsse assisted by Bri Tolle and a penalty kick by Melanie Pickert were the tallies on the score board that ulitimately lead the Hawkeyes to victory.
The Golden Gophers lead the all-time series, 10-3-2, with last season's match up ending in a scoreless draw after double overtime play. The last victory over Minnesota for Iowa came in 2007 here at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
SCOUTING NO. 22 NEBRASKA
No. 22 Nebraska is coming off a B1G win over Purdue last Sunday. The Cornhuskers were able to outscore Purdue, 4-0. Nebraska is 5-1-0 in the Big Ten with their only loss to Michigan. Their other losses on the season were to then No. 6 BYU and Arkansas bringing their overall record to 10-3-1 for the season. In the game against Purdue, Jordan Jackson had a huge game for the Cornhuskers racking up five points by scoring one goal and tallying three assists in the game allowing her to pick up not only Big Ten honors but also being added to the TopDrawerSoccer.com team of the week. Other noteworthy players from that match includ Mayme Conrad, Katie Kraeutner, Jaycie Jackson and Caroline Gray who all had goals or assists in that match.
THE NOTORIOUS B1G
The Golden Gophers have only scored two goals in Big Ten play this year. They have held their opponents to only 12 goals through 14 matches and have combined for six shutouts on the season. The Gophers are looking to improve their Big Ten record with victories over Iowa and Nebraska this weekend.
Shots: Haley Helverson (24)
Shots on Goal: Josee Stiever (12)
Goals: Katie Thyken (5)
Assists: Simone Kolander/Taylor Stainbrook (3)
This Sunday's match will celebrate the seniors of Gopher Soccer. The 2013 roster boasts three talented stand-out seniors who have made a B1G impact on the Gopher Soccer program. Defenders Lauren Bauer, MacKenzie Misel and forward, Steph Brandt will be honored on Sunday after prior to the 1 p.m. kickoff against No. 22 Nebraska
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?
GOPHER SOCCER SWAG
Have you picked up your limited edition snapback hat yet? If not, you have the opportunity to do so at this weekend's matches at the Robbie!
On Sunday, the Gophers will be handing out one-of-a-kind Gopher Soccer scarves! This is one item you are not going to want to miss!
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.
Dads & Daughters Day $15 package:
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 a email@example.com (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:
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!