The last time Minnesota's soccer team lost a game, it came back and won the next five conference contests. The Gophers will try to bounce back again after the team's most disheartening defeat of the season - a 1-0 double-overtime loss to Ohio State on Sunday.
The most physical player on Minnesota's soccer team may have played only 14 college games so far. During a soccer game, center midfielder Kelsey Hood will often be found getting called for fouls, arguing with the referee or "getting in the heads" of opposing players.
According to Minnesota soccer coach Mikki Denney Wright, the better team did not win Sunday. The Gophers (8-5-2, 5-2-0 Big Ten) lost to Ohio State 1-0 in double overtime at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul.
When second-year Minnesota soccer coach Mikki Denney Wright arrived for her first preseason practice in 2004, defender Hailey McCarthy, then a freshman, was the only Gopher she had never seen play. But it didn't take long for Denney Wright to become impressed by the Oregon native.
After surprising the rest of the Big Ten with two road wins last weekend, Minnesota's soccer team has an opportunity to make an even bigger statement this weekend. The Gophers (6-4-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) will take on Iowa (1-6-4, 0-1-2) at 7 p.m. today and Illinois on at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The seniors on Minnesota's soccer team never have played in any kind of postseason tournament with the team. That could change this season. The Gophers are tied for third in the Big Ten with a surprising 3-1 record, already surpassing last year's conference win total of two.
Now that Minnesota's soccer team has grown accustomed to playing on the road, members feel it's time to start winning.
After this weekend, nine of the Gophers' 12 games will have been on the road, with games today at Wisconsin in Madison, and Sunday at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.
After coming up short 10 times in a row, Minnesota's soccer team finally came through for an overtime win. The Gophers, after going 0-5-5 in their last 10 overtime games, broke through for a 2-1 win over Indiana on Sunday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul.
Elise Bjerkenas, Marti Klinsing and Kaitlin Wagner are three soccer players who are used to winning. The Minnesota soccer trio played together for four years at Wayzata High School, leading the Trojans to a state tournament berth each year, including a championship title in 2002.