Three Gophers Earn Big Ten Postseason Awards
Oct. 31, 2012
For their efforts this season, three members of the Gopher women’s soccer team have been awarded postseason accolades from the Big Ten Conference, the league announced Wednesday morning. Taylor Uhl was named to the All-Big Ten First Team, Haley Helverson was picked for the All-Freshman Team, and Allie Phillips received the Sportsmanship Award.
Uhl picked up a First Team All-Big Ten nomination after consistently leading the conference on offense. At the end of the regular season, Uhl was ranked first in goals, goals per game, points, and points per game. She also ranked second in shots and third in assists. In total, Uhl collected 21 goals and nine assists on the season, finishing only two points shy of Jennifer Walek’s single-season record of 53 points. Adding her 21 goals this year to her 15 as a freshman, she already ranks fifth on Minnesota’s all-time leaderboard with 36 career goals.
Helverson was the sole Gopher to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. A West Des Moines, Iowa native, Helverson was the only true freshman to compete in all 20 matches on the season, earning 19 starting assignments. She began the year at forward before moving to defense when Tamara Strahota went out with an injury. In all, she totaled two goals, two assists, and 26 shots on the year.
Phillips was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, which is given to one player from each team in the conference. The Vadnais Heights, Minn. native closed out the season with four goals and eight assists to add to her resume, finishing her career with 10 goals and 12 assists.
All-Big Ten and All-Freshman teams are voted on by Big Ten head coaches, but they are not allowed to vote for their own players. For a complete list of the All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Teams, click here.
The Gophers ended their season this morning after losing to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini came back from a 0-2 deficit to force two overtime periods and the eventual penalty kick situation where Minnesota fell 2-3. The Gophers close out 2012 with an 11-7-2 overall record, 6-4-1 in the Big Ten Conference.