Minnesota plays to first Big Ten loss in overtime

Gophers senior goaltender Tarah Hobbs’s shutout streak ended after three consecutive shutouts.

by Dominic Davis

No. 8 Minnesota (9-3-1, 3-1-1 Big Ten) took its first loss in the Big Ten against rival Wisconsin (5-4-4, 2-2-1 Big Ten) in overtime on Saturday.

The match was level at 0-0 through regulation resulting in overtime play.

With under two minutes left in the first overtime period, freshman forward Dani Rhodes converted a loose ball off a set piece to win the match for the Badgers 1-0.

The Gophers fought hard in a very physical match with a total foul count of 31, but couldn’t hang on to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

Minnesota’s passing in the attacking third was quick and dangerous, but it couldn’t get the final pass or shot right to get on the scoreboard.

Wisconsin’s defense, however, adjusted to Minnesota’s style of play, and slowed down the Gophers for parts of the game.

Minnesota will look to bounce back next week with two home matches against Iowa and Nebraska.