Gophers stay undefeated with 3-0 win

The Gophers soccer team concluded a three-game road streak with a 3-0 win over North Dakota State in less-than-ideal conditions in Fargo, N.D. Sunday. In a game with winds of around 50 mph, the Gophers received a spark from sophomore Molly Rouse . Rouse scored a goal and tallied an assist while recording nine shots. RouseâÄôs assist on senior Kaitlin Wagner âÄôs goal kept her streak of an assist per game alive. It was her fourth in four games. âÄúMolly is a versatile player,âÄù head coach Mikki Denney Wright said. âÄúSheâÄôs starting to turn it on and develop as a player.âÄù Through only four games, Rouse has already eclipsed her 2007 total. âÄúIâÄôm more comfortable this year and I know what to expect,âÄù Rouse said of her improvement from last season. The Gophers also had a goal and an assist from sophomore Katie Bethke. Like Rouse, Bethke assisted on WagnerâÄôs goal and later scored herself. The scoring began in the 26th minute of play when Wagner shot over the Bison goalie from just outside the box for her first goal of the season. The Gophers dominated the first half and took a 1-0 lead to the locker room. Led by Wagner and Rouse, the Gophers outshot the Bison 16-1 in the first half. RouseâÄôs goal came in the 65th minute to increase the lead to 2-0. Her shot from the middle of the box beat Bison goalie Kalani Bertsch in the top left corner. Bethke followed by scoring her third goal of the season in the 76th minute of play. Bethke took advantage of a misplay by Bertsch and scored in an open net. The Gophers controlled the play throughout the game by outshooting the Bison 25-3. âÄúWe came out wanting to send a message that we werenâÄôt going to lose on their turf,âÄù Rouse said. The Gophers continued to limit their opponentsâÄô offense this year. Through four games, they have outshot the opposition 110-17. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Dare recorded her third shutout of the season and only had to make one save against the Bison because of the strong defense. âÄúTheyâÄôre doing exactly what theyâÄôre supposed to do,âÄù Dare said. âÄúI love it.âÄù Dare has made only six saves this season because of the GophersâÄô ball control. With a tougher schedule around the corner, Dare is using her experience to stay sharp despite the lack of shots. âÄúI canâÄôt get in the habit of checking out mentally,âÄù Dare said. She said sheâÄôs taking the numerous drills in practice seriously so she can be ready for more shots. The Gophers completed the road streak undefeated and wonâÄôt have another three-game road trip for the rest of the season. With the win, the Gophers improved to 4-0-0 on the season. Minnesota returns home this weekend for the Regina Moench Memorial Tournament that matches the Gophers up against Ohio and Creighton. âÄúItâÄôs nice to be 4-0, but there are still things that need improvement,âÄù Denney Wright said.