Moving on up! Minnesota had a great weekend at home defeating both Purdue and Indiana 3-1 at ELR Stadium.
Current Big Ten Standings
Game 1: Minnesota vs Purdue - Friday, September 25th, 2015 - 7:00 PM - ELR Stadium
If you want to learn more, read my earlier recap here.
The Purdue was also the homecoming game and some alumni made it out to the field.
Game 2: Minnesota vs Indiana - Sunday, September 27th, 2015 - 1:00 PM - ELR Stadium
I didn't get to see this game myself but you can find the Gophersports.com recap here. The first half saw 3 of the 4 scores. Minnesota scored first with a goal from freshman April Bockin (unassisted) at the 14th minute. The Hoosiers fired back quick when a shot by freshman Hanna Johnson found the back of the net in the 16th minute off an assit by Caroline Dreher. Next junior co-captain Simone Kolander continued her streak of games with a score by scoring off an assist by Maddie Gaffney in the 23rd minute. In the second half of the match Josee Stiever put the game out of reach on as assist by Molly Fiedler at the 61st minute. Junior goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs made the save keeping 2 of 3 shots on goal out of the net. Her record on the year is now 8-1-2.
For her efforts, April Bockin was named the Big Ten Women's Soccer Freshman of the Week. Congratulations April!
Minnesota only has one game this week, going on the road for the first of a three game road stretch.
#11 Minnesota @ Wisconsin - October 2nd, 2015 - 6:00 pm - BTN Plus
If you just look at the standings and the rankings, this is a game Minnesota should win; but that is of course not all there is. The Badgers behind the Gophers but the Big 10 season is still early. At 2-1-1 the Badgers had the same first opponents as the Gophers did, loosing at a good Penn State team 4-0, earning a tie at a good Ohio State team 0-0 and winning at home against Indiana 3-0 and Purdue 1-0. As you can see, Wisconsin has shutout their last 3 opponents and four of their last five. They surely would like to add another shutout when they host Minnesota.
That might happen as Wisconsin has played well at home this year, going 5-1-0, with their only blemish coming in a 1-0 loss to Illinois State in an upset. On the other hand, the Gophers have somewhat struggled on the road, going 3-1-1 with a loss to LSU and a tie with Texas Tech (currently ranked #15). Minnesota did not fare well against the Badgers last year, loosing 4-1 at home and loosing 1-0 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in West Lafayette, Indiana. Hopefully this means the Gophers are looking for some payback and will move to 5-0 in the Big Ten.
Go Gophers! Ski-U-Mah! #Unbreakable.