Historic victory launches Gophers into Sweet Sixteen

by Nicole Tommerdahl

Scores around the NCAA Notre Dame 1 Michigan State 0 final; Illinois 1 Missouri 1 2OT; Duke 1 William & Mary 0 final; Boston College 4 Northeastern 0 final; Florida 2 UCF 0 final; Rutgers 1 Oklahoma State 0 final in PK shootout There are a couple games left to play in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Auburn vs. Florida State is just getting underway. Texas vs. Portland and Kansas vs. Stanford will begin at 3 p.m. Virginia Wesleyan vs. Johns Hopkins will begin at 5 p.m. Gophers win: Though the Jackrabbits put forth a strong offensive push late in the second half, the Gophers were able to pull off a 2-0 victory. This win is the first NCAA second-round tournament win in the history of Minnesota soccer. The team will take on No. 1 overall seed Notre Dame next weekend in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Halftime: Minnesota is in control of a 2-0 lead over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, and the team has had more than a couple opportunities to improve that lead. Minnesota leads 10-1 in shots, and late in the first half a cross directly in front of the South Dakota State goal almost led to a Jackrabbits own goal. Gophers score13:27: Nicole Lograsso dove to stop Minnesota’s second goal of the game, but Lindsey Schwartz’ shot was able to cross the goal line – barely – to secure Minnesota’s lead over South Dakota State. Gophers score1:11: Molly Rouse wasted no time tallying the Gophers’ first goal. Rouse caught a long pass from teammate Lindsey Schwartz and was able to loft the ball into the upper corner of the Jackrabbits’ goal.

We are about a half an hour away from the start of Minnesota’s second second-round NCAA apearance since 1999. The Gophers are coming off a big 2-1 Friday victory against Marquette. I’ll keep you updated on the game’s status all afternoon and also bring you scores from around the NCAA.