Hobbs Earns Under-20 National Team Tryout
Nov. 19, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The University of Minnesota women's soccer freshman goalkeeper and 2013 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, Tarah Hobbs, has been invited to try out for the Under-20 Women's National Team in Carson, California. The training camp, featuring 30 elite players from across the United States, begins on Sunday, Nov. 24 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 1.
"It is an honor to be invited to the Under-20 Women's National Team training camp and I'm excited to represent the University Minnesota on the national level," said Hobbs. "This season was an exciting start to my career as a Gopher and I'm thankful for the support of my teammates, coaches, friends and family."
Hobbs had an outstanding year for the Golden Gophers as she tallied 122 saves on the season, leading the Big Ten Conference in saves and saves per game. She etched her name into the Minnesota record books as she had an individual match high 16 saves against Iowa on Oct. 18. At the completion of the season, Hobbs had earned herself a spot in the top three in program history for saves in a single season.
Hobbs earned Big Ten postseason honors on Nov. 6 for her outstanding performance through 16 regular season games. With a then conference-best 114 saves, Hobbs was honored as the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year as well as being named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the All-Freshman Team. She was able to post four shutouts in Big Ten play. Hobbs was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice (Oct. 7 and Oct. 28) as well as Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 7).
"We are certainly excited that Tarah has been recognized for the contributions she made to our team's season and that she has earned the opportunity to train with the U20 National Team," said Minnesota Head Coach Stefanie Golan. "It is a great opportunity for Tarah and will be great for her as well as our program. Tarah is one of the most humble players with that amount of talent that you will come across, and all she wants to do is be great for the team. She has some aspects of her game that are extremely solid and others that really need to develop, but she's only a freshman so that is to be expected. The scary thing is that she was this good for our team with a very limited amount of training this season, so we are excited to see how she develops under Deana when she can finally train on a consistent basis moving forward."
"This is a great opportunity for Tarah and we could not be happier for her," said Assistant Coach Deana Waintraub. "What she has been able to accomplish this season, her first season, has been nothing short of impressive and we look forward to her continued growth and maturity within the goalkeeping position and the team."