Gophers blow another two-goal lead in OT loss

San Diego rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to defeat Minnesota in overtime.

Betsy Helfand

Minnesota’s soccer team lost 3-2 in double overtime to San Diego in nonconference action Friday.

It was the second time in three games the Gophers have blown a two-goal lead and lost.

Minnesota (1-2-0) outshot San Diego 12-1 in the first 45 minutes and led 2-0, but the Toreros forced overtime and then scored in the 109th minute off a corner kick to complete the comeback.

“It was a heartbreaking loss and we certainly didn’t lose due to lack of effort,” head coach Stefanie Golan told GopherSports.com. “But we didn’t bury our opportunities and show composure in the attacking third.”

Sophomore forward Taylor Uhl scored her third goal of the season in the eighth minute of the game. Including last year, Uhl, the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, has now scored goals in seven straight games, a Minnesota record.

The Gophers’ second goal of the game came 10 minutes later, when forward Steph Brandt scored her first goal of the season off a deflection by a San Diego defender. Brandt also assisted on Uhl’s goal.

Two of San Diego’s goals came from headers off a corner kick. Their second goal came with just seven minutes left in regulation.

“We gave up two goals on corners, so that is something we definitely have to fix,” Golan told GopherSports.com.

The Toreros scored their first goal in the 50th minute after senior defender Tamara Strahota was whistled for taking down a San Diego midfielder inside the goal box.

San Diego capitalized on its penalty kick to cut Minnesota’s lead in half.

The Gophers will have Saturday off before returning to action Aug. 26 at Southern California.

“Despite this loss, we think that we can accomplish great things, and that is what we are setting out to do starting tomorrow at training,” Golan told GopherSports.com.