Nov. 7, 2011
Senior Shari Eckstrom was honored on Sunday by being named to the Big Ten Conference All-Tournament Team. The midfielder tallied four shots with two being on goal. She also assisted freshman Taylor Uhl on the Golden Gophers’ game-winning goal last Wednesday versus Wisconsin.
The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native notched a total of 13 points (four goals, five assists) this season, which boosts her career total to 42 points (14 goals, 14 assists). She also finishes her time as a Gopher ranked ninth all-time in career shots with 181.
Eckstrom is one of four seniors that the Maroon and Gold graduate from this year’s squad. She is joined by Alex Pafko, Katie Roberts-Carlson and Josie Solie.
Minnesota’s postseason run was cut short this past Friday as No. 10/11 Penn State outscored the Gophers 3-1 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Nittany Lions would go on and fall in the championship game to the second seed Illinois, 2-1 in overtime.
A complete list of the All-Tournament Team is listed below.
All Tournament Team
Iowa - Emily Moran
OSU - Danielle Scoliere
WI - Megan Flannery
NU - Nicole Jewell
MSU - Jill Fliestra
Minnesota - Shari Eckstrom
Penn State - Jess Rosenbluth
Penn State - Emma Thomson
Illinois - Vanessa DiBernardo
Illinois - Marissa Mykines (Offensive Player of the Tournament)
Illinois - Stephanie Panozzo (Defensive Player of the Tournament)
Freshman Spotlight: Haley Mennes
Incoming freshman Haley Mennes joins Minnesota from McLean, Virginia as a midfielder.
Freshman Spotlight: Nikki Albrecht
Incoming freshman Nikki Albrecht joins the Gophers from Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
BTN Soccer Schedule Released
Gopher soccer will have three conference games broadcast on the Big Ten Network this season.