Minnesota hoping its experienced offense can stay hot on two-game road trip

Goals have been coming in bunches for the Minnesota soccer team this season and it hopes to keep things going this weekend. The Gophers (6-0-0) travel to Reno, Nev. , to play Idaho (1-3-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Nevada (0-4-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Minnesota goes into the weekend with one of the best offenses in the Big Ten and is coming off a weekend where its players had numerous scoring chances. Sophomore forward Katie Bethke said the chances are there because players are making quick decisions on whether to pass or take defenders on. The quick play has allowed the Gophers to get production from players at every position. The team has 13 players who have already recorded a point this season . âÄúWeâÄôre happy with the goals weâÄôre scoring,âÄù head coach Mikki Denney Wright said. âÄúMultiple goals for this team is big.âÄù MinnesotaâÄôs upsurge offense has been able to outscore opponents 17-1 through the first six games . It has been led by Bethke, sophomore forward Molly Rouse and senior forward Lindsey Schwartz . Bethke leads the team with four goals and nine points while Rouse leads the team with five assists. Meanwhile, Schwartz has been responsible for two game-winning goals and leads the Big Ten with 28 shots . Schwartz said the Gophers want to win games more comfortably by putting opponents away with more goals. âÄúEveryone is hungry to get a lot of goals a game rather than one,âÄù Schwartz said. The teamâÄôs production hasnâÄôt been all glamorous, though. The Gophers have failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the box. Last weekend both Bethke and Schwartz missed on open shots in front of the net. Bethke said the team needs to relax and focus more when opportunities are presented. âÄúWe need to stay composed in the box and place the ball more than killing it,âÄù Bethke said. Minnesota should have opportunities to capitalize on scoring chances as they face two teams that have struggled to stop opponents. Idaho goes into the weekend being outscored and outshot by opponents. The Vandals have been unable to prevent other teams from taking early leads as they have surrendered the majority of their goals in the first half opposed to their zero first half goals this season. Nevada enters the weekend still searching for its first win of the year. Like Idaho, the Wolfpack have been unable to prevent their opponents from taking early leads. Nevada has been outscored seven to zero in the first half. The Gophers will not take their opponents lightly this weekend despite both teamsâÄô slow starts, Denney Wright said. This is the first time Minnesota will play either school . On top of that, both games will be played at Mackay Stadium , which has artificial turf rather than grass, affecting the speed of play.