Gophers overcome early deficit to beat Iowa on the road

Two second-half goals propelled Minnesota to a 2-1 victory.

by Drew Claussen

The Gophers soccer team rallied to defeat Iowa 2-1 on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa, behind goals from freshmen Taylor Uhl and Becca Roberts.

Iowa grabbed the lead in the 34th minute when Morgan Showalter housed a penalty kick and took a one-goal lead into the half.

Minnesota (5-7-2 overall, 2-2-2 Big Ten) outshot the Hawkeyes 7-4 in the first half, and had three shots on goal to IowaâÄôs two.

Taylor Uhl got Minnesota on the board early in the second half, scoring unassisted on a shot from 15 yards out in the 49th minute.

The goal was UhlâÄôs ninth of the season and gave the freshman a team-high 19 points.

Twenty minutes later, the Gophers took the lead when Becca Roberts broke through IowaâÄôs defense and beat Hawkeyes keeper Emily Moran.

âÄúI give this group so much credit,âÄù head coach Mikki Denney Wright said in a release. âÄúThey have remained focused on growing everyday even through the tough moments, and it paid off in their performance tonight. This was our best soccer of the year. I am so proud to see the team playing 90 minutes of soccer at this level.âÄù

RobertsâÄô second goal of the season held as the game-winner as the Gophers kept the HawkeyesâÄô attack at bay.

Minnesota also excelled at defending IowaâÄôs leading scorer, Cloe Lacasse, allowing her only one shot.

Gophers goalkeeper Cat Parkhill saved three shots while only allowing the penalty kick goal.

Minnesota outshot Iowa 14-11 in the game.