Big Ten forward of the year April Bockin is on a tear. In addition to Bockin's two goals Friday, she scored the lone goal in the win over Rutgers last weekend. She has all three of Minnesota's goals in the Big Ten tournament so far.
When Minnesota's season began on Sept. 28 against Mercyhurst, defender Sophie Skarzynski found her name on the lineup card at her natural position – defense.
After knocking off No. 25 Rutgers on Sunday, the Gophers are one victory away from the Big Ten final. If Minnesota can accomplish the feat, it will be the team's first trip to the game since the Gophers won the Big Ten tournament title at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in 2016. Standing in Minnesota's way is Nebraska, whom Minnesota defeated 1-0 in double overtime on Oct. 25, 2017.
Minnesota split its first border battle of the season with Wisconsin
Forward April Bockin proved Sunday why she was named the 2018 Big Ten Forward of the Year. Bockin scored the only goal in the Big Ten quarterfinal, as Minnesota (10-8-1, 6-5-1) defeated No. 21 Rutgers (11-3-5, 7-2-3) 1-0. The Gophers advance to the Big Ten semifinal on Friday.
When former Gophers center Caitlin Reilly injured herself last season, head coach Brad Frost put Zumwinkle on a line with center Taylor Wente and left winger Nicole Schammel. The trio of Zumwinkle, Wente and Schammel has combined to score 23 points and nine goals so far this season. Last season, Zumwinkle led Minnesota in points with 38. She and Schammel tied for the team lead in goals with 17.
Defender Emily Peterson expected to have the time of her life when Minnesota traveled to Italy in March. In addition to playing soccer, she hoped to eat gelato and pasta near Roman ruins.
No. 4 Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0) defeated No. 3 Minnesota (6-1-1, 4-1-1-0) 3-2 on Saturday at Ridder Arena. Minnesota allowed three goals in a game for the first time this season. Goaltender Sydney Scobee lost her first game since joining the Gophers.
No. 21 Penn State (13-5-0, 9-2-0) defeated Minnesota (9-8-1, 5-5-1) 2-0 in a match between the past two Big Ten champions. Nittany Lions midfielder Kerry Abello scored twice as the Nittany Lions clinched the Big Ten regular-season title.
Growing up in Red Wing, Minnesota, center Taylor Heise and her family played basketball. One day, when Heise was in first grade, she received an invitation in the mail to an outdoor hockey game. That experience playing outdoors many years ago motivated her to stick to the ice permanently.