Gophers soccer takes down Iowa 1-0 for third win in four games

Freshman midfielder Sophia Boman scored her first collegiate goal to secure the win.

Senior Emily Heslin handles the ball during the game against DePaul on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Ellen Schmidt

Senior Emily Heslin handles the ball during the game against DePaul on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Julianna Landis, Sports Reporter

In its first of three consecutive road games, the Gophers soccer team’s young talent stood tall against Iowa on Sunday to deliver the team’s third win of the season.

The win placed Minnesota third in conference rankings with a 3-1-2 record. After two weeks of turf play inside the Recreation and Wellness Sports Field Complex that serves as its temporary home on campus, Minnesota headed outdoors in Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes.

The first half was scoreless for both teams, but Minnesota outshot the Hawkeyes 6-4 and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities.

Freshman midfielder Sophia Boman got the Gophers on the scoreboard in the middle of the second half. Kicking from the top of the box, Boman sent the ball arcing over the head of Iowa’s goalie into the top left corner of the net to score.

A native of Edina, Minnesota, Boman was glad to help her team secure the win.

“It’s really nice to see the team’s hard work pay off, and I was so happy to help the team get three points this weekend,” she said.

In just her fourth start, goaltender Megan Plaschko made saves on all five attempts made by Iowa to put up yet another shutout for Minnesota. It marked her fourth shutout this season and was a continuation of the performances that earned her Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week earlier this month.

Head coach Stefanie Golan said postgame that she was very proud of the effort her team put into the win.

“Boman had a fantastic finish, and several players battled their way through a tough game. This team fights for one another and lifts each other up, and we are very happy with the win today,” Golan said.

Minnesota will travel to University Park to face Penn State Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Nittany Lions sit at the top of the conference standings.