The Minnesota Gophers soccer team had been having a great season, having defeated multiple ranked teams and starting 4-0 in Big Ten play earning a #11 ranking along the way. However, last Friday night Minnesota received a wake-up call falling to an unranked but still strong Wisconsin team. Despite this Minnesota remains atop of the Big Ten with 12 points and nationally ranked at $14.
Minnesota played a tight game against Wisconsin, but Wisconsin converted a penalty kick right before the 35th minute. The Badgers out-shot the Gophers 9-4 bu also out-fouled the Gophers 13-7. Other than that it was an even game with 4 corner kicks a piece with the Minnesota goalkeeper earning two saves while Wisconsin's keeper had one save. You can read the Gophersports.com recap here.
Big Ten Standings
The Gophers remain two points up on the next four teams that are tied for second place. The Big Ten still has 4 teams ranked in the Top 25 but of those teams the Gophers are the only team to have their ranking decline; Minnesota are now the second highest ranked Big Ten team.
The Gophers have two more road games remaining on this 3 game road series; both games being played this week. So far during Big Ten play, Minnesota has outscored their opponents 9-4.
Warm-ups are underway at McClimon Field! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/NwEDP8ULhN— Minnesota Soccer (@GopherSoccer) October 2, 2015
Game 1: #14 Minnesota @ Nebraska - Thursday, 10/08/2015 - 7:05 pm - BTN Plus
Minnesota easily handled the Corn Huskers last year at home, winning 3-1, but this year is on the road. Nebraska is looking for their second Big Ten win of the year, having lost at Michigan and at Purdue while they played to a tie at Michigan State. The Huskers have done better at home with a surprise tie of Penn State and an upset of Ohio State. So far in Big Ten play, Nebraska has only been outscored 5-4. Hopefully the Gophers will be able to put a damper on Nebraska's home success. After their match against the Gophers, Nebraska will play host to Wisconsin.
Game 2: #14 Minnesota @ Iowa - Sunday, 10/11/2015 - 12:00 pm - BTN
Minnesota will be looking at payback for the 0-1 defeat that Iowa handed the Gophers last year at home while the Hawkeyes will be looking for their first Big Ten win of the season. Iowa lost 4 straight to start the Big Ten season including losses at Michigan and Michigan State on the road and home losses to Ohio State and Penn State. Last week they earned their first point by playing to a draw versus Indiana in Bloomington. During this 5 game stretch Iowa has been outscored 11-3. Before hosting the Gophers on Sunday, Iowa will host Wisconsin on Thursday.