Road woes continue in loss to Indiana

The Gophers fell to 1-4 on the road this season with a 2-0 loss to Indiana.

by Betsy Helfand

The road has not been friendly to the Gophers soccer team this season.

Minnesota lost its fourth road game in five attempts Friday at Indiana, falling 2-0.

Despite outshooting the Hoosiers 16-6, the Gophers couldn’t find the back of the net.

Indiana’s Abby Smith found the back post for the first goal in the 22nd minute off a cross from the right endline. In the 30th minute, Orianica Velasquez shot a ball into the far post for Indiana’s second goal.

The Hoosiers had just five shots on goal.

Sophomore forward Taylor Uhl entered the weekend leading the NCAA in points. But aside from five shots — three on goal — the Hoosiers kept Uhl quiet.

Prior to Friday, the Gophers hadn’t allowed a goal since Sept. 30 at Penn State — their last road game.

Senior captain Tamara Strahota, normally a defenseman, started at forward and played 41 minutes.

Strahota suffered a lower leg injury in late September and missed two games. In her three games back, her minutes have fluctuated.

Both Minnesota (9-7-1, 4-4-1 Big Ten) and Indiana (9-7-1, 4-5-0 Big Ten) entered Friday on a two-game winning streak.

The Gophers were hoping that if they swept their final three games, they could get the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

Friday’s loss complicated that goal.

Minnesota got some help Friday from its last opponent, Northwestern, when the Wildcats upset Illinois 2-1. The Gophers and Illini had entered this weekend tied in the standings.

However, Wisconsin won, so now the three teams are tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 13 points.

The Gophers will stay in Indiana for a matchup against Purdue on Sunday.

After this weekend, they will have just one regular season game remaining in the season — also on the road — against Nebraska.