Collision injures soccer player

Minnesota soccer player Kaitlin Neary was in stable condition Monday evening at Hennepin County Medical Center after being struck by a Ford Bronco in Dinkytown at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Neary, a sophomore from Tacoma, Wash., suffered a broken collarbone and a right leg contusion. Neary is not expected to need surgery and will likely be released Tuesday.

The soccer forward was on her way from a campus lab to practice when she was knocked from her bicycle at the corner of 15th Avenue Southeast and Fifth Street Southeast near the Bierman Athletics complex.

Police detained the vehicle’s driver for questioning.

The team normally has Mondays off but was gathering at Bierman for a run before reviewing game film. The Gophers were waiting for Neary when the accident occurred.

Soccer coach Barbara Wickstrand saw the accident and called paramedics before learning it was one of her players.

“We are pretty grateful because it could have been worse,” Wickstrand said. “The team is pretty shaken up, but we are all supporting her.”

Neary has started all five of Minnesota’s contests this season, notching two goals and one assist. Her status for the rest of the season is in doubt.

– Eric Swanson and Adam Fink