After four consecutive shutouts, Nielsen allowed two goals as Minnesota (7-5-1, 3-2-1) lost to Rutgers (7-1-4, 3-0-2) 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday.
Kelly Pannek didn't play for the Gophers last season — but for good reason. She was on the United States women's Olympic team and came back to Minnesota with a new piece of hardware.
Midfielders are responsible for both leading the offensive attack and defending, but midfielder Emily Heslin prioritizes defense in her style of play.
Forward April Bockin scored the match-winning goal in the 105th minute as Minnesota (6-4-1, 2-1-1) defeated Michigan (6-5-0, 2-2-0) 1-0. It was Bockin's fourth goal of the season. Midfielder Molly Fiedler recorded an assist.
Before the start of each match, Minnesota players yell out two words: "Every moment." Defender Athena Kuehn said Marisa Windingstad is a player who's ready for those moments.
Minnesota (5-4-0, 1-1-0) defeated No. 12 Northwestern (6-1-2, 0-1-1) 2-0. It was Minnesota's first home match and win against Northwestern since Oct. 14, 2012, and first win against a ranked opponent since 2015.
At the end of last season, Minnesota lost forwards Sydney Squires and Julianna Gernes, its two top scorers in 2017, as they both graduated. To replace Squires and Gernes, head coach Stefanie Golan has used three freshman forwards in all seven matches this season: McKenna Buisman, Megan Gray and Patricia Ward.
Minnesota (4-3-0) shut out North Dakota State (1-3-0) 4-0 on Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, ending the Gophers' three-match losing streak. Three players scored for the Gophers: forwards April Bockin, Makenzie Langdok and defender Nikki Albrecht. Minnesota had not scored more than two goals in a regular-season match since beating Illinois 4-0 on Oct. 15, 2017.
When sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Nielsen learned that she would be Minnesota's starter for the 2018 season, she said she was ready to take on the responsibility.
As the sun cast a bright glow on the grass at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday, Minnesota (3-3-0) took No. 1 Stanford (4-0-0) to overtime before losing 2-1. Stanford’s Sam Hiatt scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick in the 94th minute.