Nov. 1, 2011
The Big Ten Conference announced their All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Teams on Tuesday, and senior Josie Solie and freshmen duo Taylor Uhl and Becca Roberts received postseason accolades this season for their play with the University of Minnesota women’s soccer team.
Uhl headlines the list with being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and being voted the only unanimous All-Freshman Team selection as a forward. She is the third Golden Gopher to garner the individual award in the program’s 19-year history (Jennifer McElmury, 1994; Laurie Seidl, 1997).
The Eden Prairie, Minn. native leads the Gophers in points (30), goals (13), shots (68), and is tied with three other players for a team-high four assists. In just her first season as a collegiate soccer player, the freshman forward has made her mark in the Maroon and Gold record books and become a feared striker in the Big Ten. Uhl’s point total is tied for 10th most in a single season by a Minnesota player while her goals sit tied for eighth.
Just a day ago, Uhl was tagged Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week for recording her second career hat trick and only the 12th in Gopher history. The Freshman of the Week honor was her third of the season, which ties Wisconsin freshman Cara Walls for the most this season.
Fellow freshman Becca Roberts joins Uhl on the All-Freshman Team as a midfielder after tallying five points (two goals, one assist) in her first season. Roberts’ has served as a versatile player to come off the bench this season with appearing in 14 games and playing both midfielder and defender.
The Lino Lakes, Minn. native was named Freshman of the Week back on October 10 for scoring the game-winning goal versus Iowa (Oct. 8) in the Gophers 2-1 second-half comeback victory.
Senior Josie Solie has been named Second Team, All-Big Ten as a defender. The Mahtomedi, Minn. native has been a force to be reckoned with on the defensive side of the ball for Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has been an athletic defender that has great one-one-one defending skills as well as being an offensive threat on set peices. Solie has tallied seven points (three goals, one assist) during her senior season. Throughout her career, Solie has been a part of 40 shutouts including a single-season record of 18, which came in 2008.
The senior defender/midfielder was also selected as Minnesota’s Sportsmanship Award honoree, which is received by one player from each Big Ten program.
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 Golden Gophers, who received the fifth seed for the Big Ten Tournament, face No. 4-seed Wisconsin on Wednesday night in the first round of the conference tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Evanston, Ill. Earlier this season, the two foes battled through a heavy downpour on September 29 to end in a 2-2 draw. The winner of the Border Battle rematch moves on to play in the semifinals on Friday, and they will face the winner of the Penn State-Northwestern game.