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.
If Minnesota's soccer team is using its spring schedule as a measuring stick, the Gophers have to feel pretty good about where they stack up. The Gophers defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1-0 and lost 1-0 to Marquette in the Gopher Spring Classic on Saturday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
Minnesota's soccer team ended the fall season with feelings of unfinished business. The new roster, stacked with talented freshmen, had the Gophers experiencing their best season since 1999, but still failed to be selected for the NCAA Tournament. Minnesota is preparing early to make sure it doesn't get left out again.
Minnesota's soccer team completed the 2005 season much improved but dissatisfied. The Gophers (9-8-2, 6-4-0 Big Ten) compiled a winning season for the first time since 1999, but were left out of the 64-team NCAA Tournament when the field was announced Monday.
For the first time all season, an opponent of Minnesota's soccer team will step onto the field knowing what to expect.
Throughout the year, the Gophers (9-7-2, 6-4-0 Big Ten) have been able to surprise opponents, winning games they "weren't supposed to" through tough defense, timely goals and an outstanding freshman class.
During Becky Dellaria's first three collegiate seasons, Minnesota's soccer team won a combined five Big Ten games.
In this, Dellaria's senior season, the Gophers have surpassed that three-year total with a 6-3 conference record.
For the first time this season, Minnesota soccer coach Mikki Denney Wright said she was disappointed with her team's effort.
The Gophers played uninspired soccer on Friday in a 1-0 loss to Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., but rebounded on Sunday to beat Michigan 1-0 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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.