Gophers soccer draws 0-0 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha, improve shutout streak

The Gophers are just one of three teams among the Power 5 conferences that have yet to concede a goal this season, joining Wake Forest and Tennessee

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Junior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko kicks the ball toward midfield in a match against Baylor University on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Falcon Heights, Minn.

by Michael Lyne, Sports Reporter

Gophers soccer drew 0-0 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha Thursday night, extending their undefeated shutout streak to a program-record six matches this season as they now hold a 3-0-3 record.

“We knew this match would be challenging after we watched how Nebraska struggled to break them down because of the numbers they had defending,” Gophers head coach Erin Chastain said after the win. “We are really proud of the team to post another shutout on the road. We look forward to getting back home on Sunday to end our non-conference season against North Dakota.”

Although the Gophers could not find the back of the net through extra time, they got off to another quick start and possessed the ball for much of the match. They had more shots (18-8) and shots on goal (6-3) than the Mavericks.

At the 11-minute mark, senior Patricia Ward dribbled down the right side of the field and passed the ball across to senior McKenna Buisman, catching her in stride, but she shot the ball just wide of the right post.

Arguably, the Gophers’ best scoring chance of the match came at the 19-minute mark. Buisman dribbled her way toward the outside of the box and fired a high, blazing shot at the middle-upper half of the net, but Mavericks goalkeeper Mia Reedtz Rehde Olesen blocked it just enough to deflect the ball off the top of the crossbar.

In the first overtime, the Mavericks were awarded a free kick outside of the box. Nebraska-Omaha’s Regan Zimmers sent a sizzling shot toward Plaschko, but she leaped up to deflect the ball, make the glove save, and keep her shutout streak alive.

Plaschko, who now leads the NCAA in shutouts, made three saves in the match to help the Gophers earn their sixth consecutive shutout. She is the only goalkeeper in the Big Ten not to concede a goal this season.
The Gophers will look to extend their undefeated shutout streak on the season as they take on the University of North Dakota (2-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.