Minnesota earns Sunday Big Ten win

Senior forward Lindsey Schwartz heads the ball in Sundays 1-0 overtime win over Indiana. Schwartz had the game winner in overtime sending the Gophers to their second win in Big Ten play.

Ashley Goetz

Senior forward Lindsey Schwartz heads the ball in Sundays 1-0 overtime win over Indiana. Schwartz had the game winner in overtime sending the Gophers to their second win in Big Ten play.

The Gophers earned their first home Big Ten win of the season Sunday, beating Indiana 1-0 in overtime. Gophers forward Lindsey Schwartz found the back of the net after 96 minutes of play, shortly after missing a shot high above the goal. Schwartz scored off a pass from senior midfielder Kaitlin Wagner, beating Hoosiers goalkeeper Lindsey Campbel l on a breakaway to score her sixth goal of the season and fifth game winner. âÄúI was literally thinking âÄòJust place the ball; just pass it into the goal,âÄôâÄù Schwartz said. âÄúI just knew I had to be composed. I was really excited afterwards.âÄù The Gophers (12-1-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) were unable to dominate the first half, head coach Mikki Denney Wright said. âÄúI thought it took awhile to get our rhythm,âÄù she said. âÄúBut once we did we were really dangerous in the second half.âÄù The Gophers had problems early in the game switching the point, Wagner and Schwartz said. But once the team had found its groove, it was able to unbalance the Hoosiers defense and build the attack much more effectively. âÄúWe knew it was going to be a gritty game,âÄù Denny Wright said. âÄúI was really impressed at how we made some adjustments.âÄù The Gophers did not have a Friday game this week, and the extra day was helpful, Wagner said. The Hoosiers (5-8-0, 0-4-0) entered the game Sunday fresh from a 1-0 loss in Iowa on Friday night. The Gophers felt confident going into overtime despite an increasingly physical game, Schwartz said. âÄúYou canâÄôt really back down in games like that when it does start to get physical,âÄù she said. âÄúYou just have to be physical back to the other team.âÄù Denney Wright said of Indiana, that the team was a tough one to break down, but her team was confident. âÄúI knew it was just a matter of time before we got a goal,âÄù she said. After two full halves, the teamâÄôs energy was hardly waning, Wagner said. âÄúWe just wanted to play our game, obviously, and keep attacking like we had been the whole game,âÄù she said. Schwartz said the team felt driven to get a win Sunday. âÄúWe knew we did not want to tie,âÄù she said. âÄúWe did not want to let Indiana get a point in the Big Ten.âÄù Though cold, rainy weather forced a smaller-than-average attendance turnout , the conditions seemed to bolster the Gophers. âÄúI like cold weather when I play,âÄù Wagner said. âÄúI feel like I can run forever.âÄù Next weekend the Gophers will host Purdue in a 7 p.m. game Friday and Illinois in a 1 p.m. game Sunday. The team is confident about next weekendâÄôs outcome. âÄúWe need to come out with two big wins this weekend,âÄù Wagner said.