Kaitlin Merkel


Tragedy pushes Hobbs toward the net

Every time Gophers junior goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs makes a save on the pitch, a reminder of her biggest motivation is in full view.   Hobbs’ new tattoo, located on her right forearm, was completed this past spring to commemorate her late father, Roy Hobbs.

Soccer sweeps weekend

The Gophers soccer team recorded its fourth weekend sweep of the season with a 3-0 win Thursday at Nebraska and a 2-0 win 

Gophers adjusting to being on top

With six games remaining in the regular season for the Gophers soccer team, Minnesota remains atop the conference standings in the Big Ten.   The Gophers (9-2-2, 4-1 Big Ten) are also ranked No. 14 nationally in the NSCAA coaches poll.   “I think a lot of it is due to the consistency of the performances,” Minnesota head coach Stefanie Golan said.

Conditioning work leads Gaffney to success

Gophers sophomore defender Maddie Gaffney has started all 12 games this season, more than she played in all of last year. Both Gaffney and Minnesota head coach Stefanie Golan said it’s a direct result of more work on strength and conditioning during the offseason. “[Last year] she couldn’t compete physically with the demands of this level,” Golan said.

Gophers gain two victories

The Gophers soccer team swept their third straight weekend after beating Purdue University Friday and Indiana University 

Kolander takes on new leadership role for Gophers

At the beginning of the Gophers’ 2015 season, players and coaches chose two team captains using a voting system, ranking members of the team based on specific personality traits.   Junior midfielder Josee Stiever said it didn’t surprise her that the te

Bockin makes impact

When Gophers freshman forward April Bockin first began training with the Minnesota soccer team this past summer, she never anticipated the amount of playing time she would get or the impact she was about to make.   “Everyone was telling me freshmen don&rsquo