In her third game this year, junior defender Hailey McCarthy earned her first yellow card of the season as she took down an opponent in the heat of play.
Her "hard and rough" style of play has taken the once abysmal Gophers defense and turned it into one of the conference and nation's best.
McCarthy has contributed to the massive improvement of Minnesota's defense by helping to bring the Gophers' Big Ten-worst 2.38 goals against average in 2003 to 0.98 this season.
Before the uncharacteristic performance of the Minnesota defense against Wisconsin in a 5-1 loss, the Gophers were 30th in the nation with a GAA of 0.59.
McCarthy said that so far she is pleased with her play and most importantly, she is happy to be playing well on a consistent basis.
The Minnesota soccer team's best start since 1995 was abruptly interrupted as soon as Big Ten play began.
The Gophers dropped their first pair of Big Ten home games this weekend, with losses to Northwestern and Wisconsin. The two defeats extended Minnesota's losing streak to four, with all four losses coming to conference opponents.
Friday night's game against the Wildcats (7-5-0 overall,
3-1 Big Ten) was decided
just more than a minute into the game. Junior forward Kelsey Hans scored the only goal of the 1-0 game off an assist from sophomore forward Jenny Dunn.
The rest of the game, the Gophers (6-5-1, 0-4-0) matched Northwestern well. Both teams had a lot of opportunities but all were missed opportunities, and Minnesota was never able to strike back.
While most teams struggle to find one good goal keeper, the Minnesota soccer team is struggling to decide which one of its Big Ten-leading goal keepers to start.
Redshirt sophomore Lindsey Dare and freshman Chelsey Turner competed hard during the off-season for the starting position. The result has been the two splitting time in goal this year.
The Minnesota soccer team dropped its first two Big Ten games this weekend after its best start since 1995.
The Gophers lost both games 1-0, the first to Indiana on Friday and then again to No. 25 Purdue on Sunday in overtime.
In the midst of its best start in 11 years, Minnesota soccer opens Big Ten play this weekend. The Gophers (6-1-1) will travel to Indiana to play the Hoosiers today and then to West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday to take on No. 25 Purdue. Minnesota leads the all-time series with Indiana 9-5-2. But the Hoosiers (3-2-3) return 19 letter winners and seven starters from last year's team, which went 7-10-2. After dropping their first two games of the season, Indiana has since gone unbeaten, with three consecutive wins followed by a pair of ties last weekend.
For one athlete, an injury the summer before what was supposed to be her freshman year turned into what she calls "a huge plus." Elena Fruci, a redshirt freshman forward on Minnesota's soccer team, tore her ACL while playing with her summer team in 2005. She said it was a huge setback because she was looking forward to playing in the fall, but looked at it as optimistically as possible. "The fact that it happened before the season started was a huge plus for me because I was able to deal with the fact that I wasn't going to play," she said.
Playing at home for the first time since school started, the Minnesota soccer team won both its games in the Gopher Invitational to take home the tournament title. The Gophers shut out No. 30 Dartmouth 1-0 Friday night and followed it with a 3-1 victory over Northern Colorado Sunday. Dartmouth (3-3-0 overall) looked like the better team early on Friday, as they put nonstop offensive pressure on the Minnesota defense. Dartmouth out-shot the Gophers 8-1 in the first half and finished the game with 18 to Minnesota's three.
Minnesota's soccer team is returning home for the first time since school began. The Gophers (4-1-1 overall) will host the Gopher Invitational today and Sunday. Minnesota plays Dartmouth (2-2-0 overall) at 7 tonight and Northern Colorado (3-3-0 overall) at 1 p.m. Sunday. Iowa (2-2-1 overall) is the other team in the tournament and will take on Northern Colorado on Friday and Dartmouth on Sunday.
After a 10-day stay in the hospital for a collapsed lung this summer, sophomore Kaitlin Wagner has made a full recovery and is working to make a statement on the soccer field this fall.
The midfielder on Minnesota's soccer team has already equaled her scoring totals from last year with five points. She is third in scoring behind redshirt freshman forward Elena Fruci and sophomore forward Lindsey Schwartz, who are tied for first with eight points each.
Minnesota's soccer team is coming home undefeated after its first road trip of the season. The Gophers took their offensive attack to Providence, R.I., for the Brown Classic and finished the weekend with a 1-0 win against Army and a 2-2 tie in double overtime against Brown. Minnesota faced an aggressive Army team on Friday but the Gophers' offense proved too much for the Knights. Minnesota out-shot Army 25-15 by putting pressure on the Knights right from the start.
Despite its first loss of the season, Minnesota still has the best record in the Big Ten heading into this weekend.
The Gophers (3-1-0 overall) will travel to the Brown Classic in Providence, R.I., today through Sunday. They are the ninth-ranked team in the Great Lakes region, according the Soccer Buzz poll.
After sophomore Lindsey Dare opened the season with three shutout victories, Minnesota soccer coach Mikki Denney Wright said she felt it was time to see what freshman Chelsey Turner could do as starting goalkeeper. The result for the Gophers (3-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 Big Ten): seven saves, one goal against and a narrow 1-0 loss to Missouri (4-0-0, 0-0-0 Big 12) on Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St Paul.
As long as Lindsey Dare continues to stop every shot that comes her way, odds are Minnesota's soccer team will keep up its winning ways. The redshirt sophomore goalkeeper shut out Iowa State during the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge Friday night, leading the Gophers to a 2-0 victory at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul.
In Minnesota's first three regular season games,
Dare has blanked Drake (12 saves), North Dakota State (five saves) and the Cyclones (nine saves).
With one of the most inexperienced Big Ten soccer teams, Minnesota doesn't have much time between today's Maroon and Gold scrimmage and the start of the regular season to gel together and solidify roles within the team. Coach Mikki Denny Wright said that situation should help make for a game-like atmosphere at 6 p.m. today when the team holds its annual Maroon and Gold Game at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Soccer Stadium.