After sharing the regular season B1G title with both Penn State and Northwestern, the Gophers Women’s Soccer team claimed the B1G Tournament title with a 2-1 win over Rutgers on Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. This is the first time in program history the team has won both the regular season championship and tournament championship in the same season. With the tournament win, the team automatically qualifies for the 64 team NCAA tournament, with a very strong chance of a high seed and hosting games.
Quick game recap:
Sydney Squires gave the Gophers the early lead off this sick through ball from Nikki Albrecht.
WATCH: The first goal of the #B1G Championship game goes to @Syd_squires19! https://t.co/LbWawR3jmI— Minnesota Soccer (@GopherSoccer) November 6, 2016
It appeared as if the Gophers were going to hold onto win when Rutgers leveled the score in the 88th minute. But have no fears, the Gophers Emily Heslin answered right back with a blast from the top of the box one minute later to secure the victory.
WATCH: THAT. JUST. HAPPENED. @EmilyHeslin7 with a goal to bring the #Gophers ahead!https://t.co/jv89Wp6IOb— Minnesota Soccer (@GopherSoccer) November 6, 2016
Emily Heslin thoughts on her match winner.
Head Coach Stefanie Golan had this to say after the victory.
Heslin, Squires and Tori Burnett were named to the All-Tournament Team. Squires was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the tournament, and Burnett was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the tournament.
In her four seasons on the job, Head Coach Stefanie Golan has quickly turned the Gophers into a B1G power with larger aspirations than a B1G title. Congratulations and best of luck in the NCAA Tournament. Gopher Nation is behind you!