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Minnesota catcher Austin Athmann swings at a pitch from Kansas State in Siebert Field on Tuesday evening. The Gophers beat Kansas 19 to 7 with 23 hits.

Anderson gets 1,200th career victory against Kansas

Published May 4, 2016

The Gophers lineup keeps getting it done.     The team scored a season-high 19 runs off of a season-high 23 hits on Tuesday night at Siebert Field in a 19-7 victory over Kansas.     No....

Sophomore Alex Boxwell runs to first base during the Gophers game against South Dakota State at Siebert Field on April 13.

Boxwell matures after hard freshman campaign

Published May 3, 2016

Sophomore outfielder Alex Boxwell was used to baseball success growing up.     The Minnesota Mr. Baseball finalist was also used to being on campus, as his mother, Lisa, was a hurdler on the...

Rachel Banham looks to pass the ball during the second quarter at Williams Arena on Feb 15.

Banham enters new system with Sun

Published May 3, 2016

Rachel Banham is starting her pro career as one of several new faces on the Connecticut Sun.     The former Gophers star was drafted fourth overall by the team on April 14 and began training...

Offense responds to beat Illinois

Published May 2, 2016

The Gophers were shut out for the first time in a calendar year during the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against Illinois.     Minnesota’s bats came back with...

Sophomore Micah Coffey prepares to bat during the Gophers game against South Dakota State at Siebert Field on Apr. 13.

Gophers drop road game

Published April 27, 2016

The Gophers dropped their first midweek game of the season on Tuesday, ending a five-game winning streak.     No. 19 Minnesota (25-12) traveled to North Dakota State and lost to the Bison...

Lucas Gilbreath pitches at Siebert Field on April 17 during the Gophers weekend series against Maryland.

Gilbreath becomes steady bullpen arm for Gophers

Published April 26, 2016

Lucas Gilbreath has been one of the best arms in Minnesota’s bullpen since making his debut a month ago.     The sophomore lefty’s season got off to a late start due to issues off...

Gophers centerfielder Austin Athmann swings at a pitch at Siebert Field on Mar. 31, 2015.

Gophers sweep Wildcats

Published April 25, 2016

The Gophers swept Northwestern on the road over the weekend for their fifth consecutive series victory, led by career pitching performances from senior Dalton Sawyer on Saturday and junior Toby...

Redshirt senior Ty McDevitt pitches the ball at Siebert Field on Tuesday, April 19 where the Gophers took on North Dakota State.

McDevitts form sibling battery

Published April 21, 2016

Most pitchers and catchers have a special relationship on the mound, but one Gophers battery has even deeper bonds.     When redshirt senior reliever Ty McDevitt looked for his sign on...

Freshman infielder Eddie Estrada slides through home plate at Siebert Field on Tuesday. After six innings with no runs during a game versus North Dakota State, the Gophers scored seven runs in the seventh inning, later closing the match 10-0.

Minnesota wins fifth consecutive midweek contest

Published April 20, 2016

The Gophers’ potent offense waited until the seventh inning, but it came to life on Tuesday after sputtering early at Siebert Field.     No. 25 Minnesota was held to four hits through...

Sophomore Luke Pettersen prepares to bat at Siebert Field on April 1, where the Gophers faced the University of Iowa.

Pettersen steps in at shortstop

Published April 19, 2016

Early last week, Gophers head coach John Anderson and sophomore Luke Pettersen met in Anderson’s office to discuss the infielder’s decreased playing time.     Pettersen had more...

Redshirt Junior Jordan Smith prepares to hit a pitch pitch during the weekend series against Maryland at Siebert Field Sunday. Although losing the series to Maryland, Smiths single in bottom of the 8 brought in two runs and gave the gophers a lead in their 6-4 victory.

Minnesota comes back to win two

Published April 18, 2016

Two big eighth-inning comebacks on Friday and Sunday lifted the Gophers to a series victory against Maryland over the weekend.     Minnesota (21-11, 6-2) scored seven runs...

Sophomore Micah Coffey prepares to bat during the Gophers game against South Dakota State at Siebert Field on April 13.

Consistent fielding key for Minnesota

Published April 14, 2016

Head coach John Anderson and assistant head coach Rob Fornasiere have kept running records of each team’s defensive statistics during their 31 years at the helm.      Anderson said...

Freshman infielder Terrin Vavra runs past third base at Siebert Field, where the Gophers faced the University of Iowa on April 1.

Family ties push Vavra to succeed

Published April 12, 2016

Gophers freshman shortstop Terrin Vavra has always played facing high expectations.      His father, Joe, serves as the Minnesota Twins bench coach, while his two older brothers, Tanner...

Gophers infielder Micah Coffey runs to first at Siebert Field on Apr. 1.

Gophers sweep Michigan

Published April 11, 2016

The Gophers won a series against a ranked opponent for the second time in three weeks, sweeping a Friday doubleheader at No. 25 Michigan.     Minnesota (18-10, 4-1 Big Ten) won...

Terrin Vavra watches the ball after hitting a home run in the third inning at Siebert Field on Wednesday. The Gophers defeated Northern Illinois University, 12-10.

Minnesota survives Northern Illinois rally

Published April 7, 2016

Cold temperatures on Wednesday afternoon didn’t slow the Gophers offense, which exploded for 14 hits to down Northern Illinois 12-10 at Siebert Field.     Eight players recorded a hit...

Minnesota starter Tyler Hanson pitches against Augsburg at Siebert Field on May 6, 2014.

Hanson takes move back to bullpen in stride

Published April 5, 2016

Tyler Hanson is straightforward about why he’s back in the Gophers bullpen after making five starts earlier in the season.     “It’s probably because I didn’t pitch too...

Junior Matt Fiedler throws a pitch at Siebert Field, where the Gophers faced the University of Iowa on Friday.

Minnesota takes two of three from Iowa

Published April 4, 2016

The Gophers’ bats — which have been a strength so far this season — made an especially strong statement in the third game of their first Big Ten series.     Minnesota (15-10)...

Gophers catcher Austin Athmann runs to first base after hitting a home run at Siebert Field where the Gophers played against Saint Marys on Wednesday afternoon.

Gophers slug their way to home victory

Published March 31, 2016

The Gophers’ relentless offense defeated St. Mary’s 9-1 on Wednesday at Siebert Field in the team’s second home game of the season.     Nine Gophers batters recorded...

Gophers catcher Austin Athmann swings at a pitch at Siebert Field on Mar. 31, 2015.

Athmann shows off hitting power

Published March 30, 2016

When Austin Athmann was hit in the head by a pitch on March 19 at Utah Valley, he was removed from the game due to the resulting minor concussion.     He missed two games but was cleared to...

Gophers infielder Connor Schaefbauer swings at a pitch at Siebert Field on Mar. 31, 2015.

Minnesota wins two at Missouri State

Published March 28, 2016

The Gophers won both games on Saturday to clinch a series victory against No. 23 Missouri State over the weekend.     Minnesota (12-9) dropped the opener 5-4 on Friday in...

Freshman infielder Terrin Vavra crosses third base at Siebert field, Tuesday, March 22.

Freshmen adding jolt to Gophers lineup

Published March 24, 2016

The Gophers offense has outscored opponents 115-91 through 18 games this season, and it’s not just veteran players who are finding success at the plate.     Three Minnesota freshmen —...

Senior outfielder Dan Motl sprints to first base at Siebert Field, where the Gophers baseball team took on Penn State on April 18, 2015.

Minnesota ends road trip

Published March 22, 2016

The Gophers are set to play their first home game against Augsburg on Tuesday, after opening the 2016 season with 17 road games in a row.     The game was added to the team’s schedule Sunday night,...

Gophers outfielder Matt Fiedler runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28.

Gophers fall in road series at Utah Valley

Published March 21, 2016

The Gophers started their season 7-3, the team’s best record through 10 games since 2009.     Since then, Minnesota has started to fall off. The Gophers lost their second series in a row...

Gophers outfielder Dan Motl swings at Siebert Field, March 31.

Health key for Motl as a senior

Published March 10, 2016

Outfielder Dan Motl is hoping to accomplish something as senior he’s been unable to do his first three seasons.     He’s hoping to play a full season.     Motl has missed...

Redshirt senior Rachel Banham drives the ball against Ohio State at Williams Arena on Feb. 24.

Minnesota unlikely to receive NCAA berth

Published March 9, 2016

The Gophers’ chances of hearing their name called during the NCAA tournament selection show on March 14 look slim.   Minnesota (19-11, 11-7 Big Ten) lost four of its last five games, including...

Gophers outfielder Matt Fielder runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015.

Fiedler pitches complete game

Published March 7, 2016

The Gophers won two of three games for the second weekend in a row to defeat Georgia State in a road series.     Minnesota (7-3) defeated the Panthers 3-0 on Friday and 11-6 on...

Gophers quickly ushered out of Big Ten Tournament

Published March 3, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS - The Gophers chances for an NCAA tournament berth were potentially dashed on Thursday.Minnesota lost its first game of the Big Ten tournament 84-74 to Northwestern, a team it had defeated...

Sawyer starts again in his senior season

Published March 3, 2016

Pitcher Dalton Sawyer was one of three Minnesota players drafted in June, but he’s the only one who returned to school.       The Minnesota Twins picked the senior in the 27th round...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks up the court while shielding the ball from Northwestern guard Ashley Deary at Williams Arena on Jan. 20.

Minnesota headed to Big Ten tournament

Published March 3, 2016

The Gophers are heading to the Big Ten tournament with the team’s NCAA tournament hopes on the line.     Fifth-seeded Minnesota (19-10, 11-7 Big Ten) is ranked 75th in the ratings percentage...

Banham earns top honors in the Big Ten

Published March 1, 2016

Rachel Banham was named the Big Ten player of the year on Monday by coaches and members of the media.     The redshirt senior guard is the fifth Minnesota player to win the award and...

Gophers guard Joanna Hedstrom runs the ball at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Blowout loss ends regular season

Published February 29, 2016

The Gophers endured their worst defeat in the last game of the regular season.     Minnesota lost to No. 6 Maryland on the road Sunday 110-77, with the Terrapins setting a season-high...

Gophers infielder Connor Shaefbauer bats against Kansas State on April 28, 2015.

Minnesota wins series at Campbell

Published February 29, 2016

The Gophers offense led the team to a 2-1 record over the weekend in its second series of the season.     Minnesota totaled more than 10 hits in each game against Campbell University. The Gophers...

Sophomore guard Carlie Wagner jumps into the arms of teammate Shayne Mullaney after her game-winning shot in overtime against Ohio State in Williams Arena on Wednesday night.

Minnesota pulls off senior night upset

Published February 25, 2016

Williams Arena erupted as time seemed to run out on the Gophers upset victory over No. 5 Ohio State.     Then the referees halted the celebration. Minnesota was up 78-76 with a put-back at the...

Fiedler transitions to starting for Gophers

Published February 25, 2016

Junior Matt Fiedler took the mound for the Gophers’ first game of the season Friday in just his second college start.     He threw a career-high five-and-two-thirds innings against Utah,...

Minnesota guard Mikayla Bailey handles the ball during the second quarter at Williams Arena on Monday, Feb. 15.

Senior class leaving long shadow

Published February 24, 2016

The Gophers senior night will take place Wednesday as guards Rachel Banham, Mikayla Bailey and Shayne Mullaney play their final game at Williams Arena.     Minnesota will play No. 5...

Gophers outfielder Matt Fielder runs to third base at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015.

Minnesota starts season 3-1 in Arizona

Published February 22, 2016

The Gophers baseball team opened its season in Surprise, Ariz., over the weekend and won three of four games.     Minnesota’s lineup hit well to open the season, outscoring opponents 31-13...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham carries the ball at Williams Arena on Monday, Feb. 15. Banham scored the winning basket to defeat Iowa 78-76.

Gophers lose two as regular season wanes

Published February 22, 2016

A 52-point performance by redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham wasn’t enough to lift the Gophers over No. 25 Michigan State.     Minnesota lost 114-106 on the road to the Spartans on...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks up court while shielding the ball from Northwestern guard Ashley Deary at Williams Arena on Jan. 20, where the Gophers won 95-92.

Gophers hoping for late run to tourney

Published February 18, 2016

Rachel Banham has broken Minnesota’s career-points record, tied an NCAA single-game record with 60 points and hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot her redshirt senior year. But there’s one thing...

Gophers four-game winning streak snapped at Indiana

Published February 18, 2016

The Gophers four-game winning streak ended Thursday night with a 93-79 loss to Indiana on the road.Minnesota (18-8, 10-5 Big Ten) shot 46 percent from the floor on the night and went just 3-13 from three-point...

Senior outfielder Dan Motl sprints to first base at Siebert Field where the Gophers mens baseball team took on Penn State on April 18, 2015.

New fall caps motivate Gophers

Published February 18, 2016

Minnesota head coach John Anderson did something differently during fall practice this season.     Instead of giving out the team’s traditional baseball caps with an “M” logo,...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks to pass the ball during the second quarter at Williams Arena on Monday night. Banham scored the winning basket to defeat Iowa 78-76.

Banham beats the buzzer against Iowa

Published February 16, 2016

With eight seconds on the clock and the Gophers trailing by one point, head coach Marlene Stollings said, it was obvious who she wanted to take the last shot.     The entire arena likely knew.     Redshirt...

Sophomore guard Carlie Wagner handles the ball during the game against Nebraska at Williams Arena on Thursday, where the Gophers beat Nebraska 110-73.

Sharp shooting leads to rout of Huskers

Published February 15, 2016

The Gophers rode their high-powered offense to their seventh victory in eight games Thursday night, scoring more than 100 points for the second game in a row.     Minnesota had five...

Senior Shayne Mullaney faces pressure from Illinois defense at Williams Arena on Jan. 26.

Mullaney adjusts to new role

Published February 11, 2016

Senior guard Shayne Mullaney stepped into a starting spot early in her college career, but things have changed in her final season.     After starting 76 of her 83 games during her first three...

Gophers pitcher Toby Anderson throws the ball against Kansas State at Siebert Field on April 28, 2015.

Gophers looking to move past 2015 pitching woes

Published February 9, 2016

The Gophers’ chance at a rebound season in 2016 starts on the mound.     Minnesota has 13 returning pitchers on the staff who will attempt to lower the team’s earned run average from...

Redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham handles the ball at Williams Arena on Thursday, where Minnesota beat Rutgers 85-72.

Banham puts on historic show in Evanston

Published February 8, 2016

Rachel Banham had a record-setting day on Sunday, and the Gophers needed almost every point.     The redshirt senior guard tied the NCAA record for points in a game, scoring 60 as the Gophers...

Senior Shayne Mullaney faces pressure from Illinois defense at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Minnesota attack on record pace

Published February 4, 2016

When Marlene Stollings took over the Gophers women’s basketball program in 2014, she brought her fast-paced offense with her.     Now, in only the team’s second season under Stollings,...

Redshirt Sophomore Tim Shannon pitches the ball at Siebert Field where the Gopher Mens Baseball team took on Penn State on April 18, 2015.

Minnesota moving past disappointing 2015 season

Published February 3, 2016

Minnesota baseball head coach John Anderson said he’s not focused on last season anymore.     The year 2015 was a dismal one for the Gophers baseball team, at least by the standards set...

Allina Starr waits for a free throw to be shot at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 20, where the Gophers defeated the Wildcats 95-92.

Gophers luring transfers back in-state

Published February 2, 2016

Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Marlene Stollings delivers a clear message to prospective players: It’s never too late to go home.     In Stollings’ two years at the...

Win streak snaps in Ann Arbor

Published February 1, 2016

The Gophers women’s basketball team lost 92-76 to Michigan on Sunday, snapping a four-game conference winning streak.     Minnesota (14-7, 6-4 Big Ten) shot only 39 percent from the...

Carlie Wagner manages to shoot in between two Maine defenders at Williams Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Dynamic scoring duo leads team

Published January 28, 2016

Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings isn’t shy about the fact that redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham and sophomore guard Carlie Wagner are the team’s two keys on offense this season.     “It’s...

Rachel Banham handles the ball at Williams Arena on Tuesday evening, where Minnesota defeated Illinois 82-77.

Banham leads furious second-half rally

Published January 27, 2016

Led by 25 second-half points from redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham, the Gophers women’s basketball team completed a 16-point comeback after halftime on Tuesday night to defeat Illinois 82-77 at...

Lamke earns starting spot at center for Gophers

Published January 26, 2016

When Gophers freshman center Annalese Lamke heard about head coach Kathi Bennett’s resignation at the University of Northern Illinois last April, she moved on from her commitment to the school.     That...

Gophers guard Carlie Wagner carries the ball against Northwestern at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Gophers shoot past the Badgers

Published January 25, 2016

Four Gophers players scored in the double digits on Saturday as the team beat Wisconsin 84-77 on the road for its third consecutive conference victory.     Redshirt senior guard Rachel...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham looks up court while shielding the ball from Northwestern guard Ashley Deary on Wednesday at Williams Arena where the Gophers won 95-92.

Gophers win shootout against Wildcats

Published January 21, 2016

Gophers redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham scored 32 points to lead Minnesota to a late 95-92 victory over Northwestern University on Wednesday    night at Williams Arena.     The...

Starr rekindles love of basketball at Minn.

Published January 20, 2016

Gophers sophomore guard Allina Starr thought about quitting basketball altogether after one season at Auburn University.     Starr averaged 13.9 minutes and 1.4 points and rebounds per game in...

Minnesota guard Mikayla Bailey handles the ball at Williams Arena on Dec. 6, 2015.

Bailey’s late three defeats Hoosiers

Published January 18, 2016

The Gophers nearly lost three games in a row for the first time under head coach Marlene Stollings, but Mikayla Bailey came up with a late three to lift the team over Indiana.     Minnesota (11-6,...

Junior guard Mikayla Bailey dribbles the ball against Penn State at Williams Arena on Jan. 28.

Guards hitting rebounding goals

Published December 16, 2015

Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings issued a challenge to her guards before the start of the season.   She asked her starters to average six rebounds per game, even though no guard had more than...

Gophers defeat Memphis

Published December 14, 2015

Redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham broke the program scoring record in a loss Nov. 28 against Auburn in Puerto Rico, tempering the celebration.   But Minnesota won on Saturday when Banham...

Hedstrom’s role growing

Published December 10, 2015

Gophers junior guard Joanna Hedstrom is finally seeing more time on the court than on the bench. Hedstrom has played in all seven games this season, starting three and averaging 24.4 minutes per game....

Moving Forwards

Published December 8, 2015

Seven games into the season, the Gophers are still experimenting with who will be playing in their frontcourt this year.   Two newcomers to the team, sophomore center Jessie Edwards and junior center...

Minnesota guard Carlie Wagner drives the ball down the court at Williams Arena where the Gophers defeated the Towson Tigers 105-86. Wagner was one of three Gophers to earn a double-double by the games end.

Gophers split against Duke and Towson

Published December 7, 2015

The Gophers women’s basketball team bounced back from an 84-64 loss on the road to No. 14 Duke Friday night to beat Towson University 105-86 at Williams Arena on Sunday.   Minnesota...

Carlie Wagner manages to shoot in between two Maine defenders on Nov. 20 at Williams Arena.

Wagner showing progress for Minnesota

Published December 3, 2015

Carlie Wagner was forced to grow quickly as a freshman after the Gophers lost Rachel Banham due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee in the 10th game of the season.   Wagner played in...

Minnesota guard Rachel Banham dribbles past Green Bay guard Megan Lukan on March 19,2014  at Williams Arena.

Rachel Banham sets scoring record in Puerto Rico

Published December 2, 2015

When Rachel Banham pictured breaking Minnesota’s all-time scoring record, she said she imagined Williams Arena full of fans standing and cheering.   Instead, the Gophers redshirt senior guard...

Rachel Banham shoots from the perimeter at Williams Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Gophers split Puerto Rico series

Published November 30, 2015

Redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham broke Minnesota’s career scoring record Saturday as the Gophers lost to Auburn University 81-79 in overtime in their second game of the San Juan Shootout....

Gophers beat Kent State

Published November 25, 2015

The Gophers women’s basketball team trailed by two points with just over nine minutes left in the game against Kent State, but the team outscored the Flashes 31-17 in the final quarter to secure...

Rachel Banham shoots from the perimeter on Friday night at Williams Arena where the Gophers defeated Maine 91-64.

Banham nears program scoring record

Published November 24, 2015

Gophers redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham is expected to break the program’s career scoring record within the team’s three road games this week. Banham needs 55 points to break the record...

Gophers’ season ends with loss to Loyola

Published November 23, 2015

The Gophers soccer team lost 1-0 to Loyola Marymount University on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.   Minnesota finished 12-7-3 on the season, making it past the first...

Carlie Wagner manages to shoot in-between two Maine defenders on Friday night at Williams Arena where Gophers defeated Maine 91-64.

Gophers score their way to victory

Published November 23, 2015

The Gophers women’s basketball team’s new four-guard lineup was successful for the second time this season as Minnesota beat Maine 91-64 on Friday at Williams Arena.   Minnesota...

Junior forward Taylor Stainbrook dribbles the ball at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Oct. 18.

Minnesota escapes late season skid

Published November 19, 2015

The Gophers soccer team broke a 0-4-1 slide at the end of the regular season with a 5-0 victory over South Dakota State University in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.   The win...

Junior guard Mikayla Bailey dribbles the ball against Penn State at Williams Arena on Jan. 28.

Bailey picking up boards

Published November 19, 2015

Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings challenged her regular guards before the season to record six-plus rebounds per game to make up for the loss of center Amanda Zahui B., who led the team in rebounding...

Gophers midfielder Josee Stiever kicks the ball downfield at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium where Minnesota hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament against South Dakota State on Friday night.

Gophers defeat SDSU

Published November 16, 2015

The Gophers soccer team beat South Dakota State University 5-0 on Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.   Minnesota (12-6-3)...

Senior Haley Helverson dribbles the ball down the field at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 11.

Gophers make NCAA Tourney

Published November 10, 2015

The Gophers soccer team has earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.   The bracket was announced on Monday afternoon, and Minnesota (11-6-3, 6-4-1 Big Ten) will host South Dakota State University...

Gophers womens basketball player Rachel Banham poses in the Bierman Field Athletic Building on Thursday afternoon. Banham has returned to play for the Gophers after recovering from an injury that forced her to sit out her senior season.

Banham ready for comeback season

Published November 10, 2015

Rachel Banham said she can’t wait to hear her name echoing through Williams Arena again when the Gophers open their season on Friday against Wofford.   The redshirt senior guard has...

Gophers forward Sydney Squires chases down a pass during the first half on Wednesday evening at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, where Minnesota fell to Illinois 1-3.

Minnesota defeated by Illini at home

Published October 29, 2015

The Gophers soccer team ended its regular season with a 3-1 loss to the Fighting Illini at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Wednesday. Neither team scored in the first half in a game played with...

Senior Haley Helverson dribbles the ball down the field at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 11.

Gophers find balance on their back line

Published October 28, 2015

A more balanced defense on the back line has helped the Gophers soccer team to limit its opponents’ scoring this season.   Minnesota (11-4-3, 6-3-1 Big Ten) has outshot and outscored opponents...

Junior Midfielder Josee Stiever dribbles the ball at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday where the Gophers tied the University of Michigan 0-0 in overtime.

Gophers fall on the road against Rutgers

Published October 26, 2015

The No. 19 Gophers soccer team fell 3-1 to No. 12 Rutgers University on the road Friday.   Minnesota (11-4-3, 6-3-1 Big Ten) is now tied for fourth in the conference with one game left in the...

Freshman midfielder Molly Fiedler runs the field against Purdue University at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sept. 25.

Fiedler opens up pitch for Minnesota

Published October 22, 2015

Gophers freshman midfielder Molly Fiedler said she started the season hoping to just make the travel team and play as many minutes as she could.   But Fiedler has started all 17 games so far this...

Junior Midfielder Josee Stiever dribbles the ball at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday where the Gophers tied the University of Michigan 0-0 in overtime.

Minnesota falls out of first place

Published October 19, 2015

The Gophers soccer team lost and tied during its weekend series at home, losing 1-0 to Michigan State University Thursday and tying 0-0 against the University of Michigan on Sunday after...

Gophers forward April Bockin fights for the ball against Purdue at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, September 25, 2015

Gophers riding offense to victories

Published October 15, 2015

The Gophers soccer team has overpowered opposing teams with its offensive attack this season.   No. 11 Minnesota (11-2-2, 6-1 Big Ten) has outshot and outscored opponents 197-130 and 30-7, respectively.   The...

Junior and Gophers Soccer goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs poses, displaying her recently acquired tattoo dedicated to her father at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Tuesday, October 6.

Tragedy pushes Hobbs toward the net

Published October 13, 2015

Every time Gophers junior goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs makes a save on the pitch, a reminder of her biggest motivation is in full view.   Hobbs’ new tattoo, located on her right forearm, was completed...

Gophers forward Simone Kolander fights for the ball at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday, Sept. 25.

Soccer sweeps weekend

Published October 12, 2015

The Gophers soccer team recorded its fourth weekend sweep of the season with a 3-0 win Thursday at Nebraska and a 2-0 win Sunday at Iowa.   No. 14 Minnesota (11-2-2, 6-1 Big Ten)...

Freshman April Bockin dribbles the ball down the field at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sept. 11 against the New Mexico Lobos.

Gophers adjusting to being on top

Published October 8, 2015

With six games remaining in the regular season for the Gophers soccer team, Minnesota remains atop the conference standings in the Big Ten.   The Gophers (9-2-2, 4-1 Big Ten) are also ranked No....

Senior Haley Helverson dribbles the ball down the field at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday Sept. 11.

Gophers fall on the road to Wisconsin

Published October 5, 2015

The Gophers soccer team had their first conference loss of the season, losing 1-0 Friday against the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   The No. 11 Gophers’ six-game winning streak...

Sophmore Maddie Gaffney kicks the ball at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sept. 11 where the Gophers defeated the New Mexico Lobos 1-0. Gaffneys goal was the first of her collegiate career.

Conditioning work leads Gaffney to success

Published October 1, 2015

Gophers sophomore defender Maddie Gaffney has started all 12 games this season, more than she played in all of last year. Both Gaffney and Minnesota head coach Stefanie Golan said it’s a direct...

Gophers forward Simone Kolander fights for the ball against Purdue at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday, September 25.

Gophers gain two victories

Published September 28, 2015

The Gophers soccer team swept their third straight weekend after beating Purdue University Friday and Indiana University on Sunday at home.   The two victories pushed the Gophers...

Simone Kolander laughs with other Gopher womens soccer teammates before their game against the New Mexico Labos on Sept. 11, 2015 at Elizabeth Lyles Robbie Stadium.

Kolander takes on new leadership role for Gophers

Published September 24, 2015

At the beginning of the Gophers’ 2015 season, players and coaches chose two team captains using a voting system, ranking members of the team based on specific personality traits.   Junior midfielder...

Freshman Hugrun Friedriksdottir, midfielder from Iceland,  stands in Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium Sunday morning. Friedriksdottir traveled about 3,000 miles from Iceland to play for the Gophers, however shes having to adjust to the U.S. while recuperating from a recent ACL injury.

Long-distance recruiting brings in Icelandic player

Published September 22, 2015

The Gophers usually don’t travel far on recruitment trips. Out of the 26 players on the team, only six are from outside Minnesota and Wisconsin.   But one of those six players, freshman midfielder...

Gophers forward Simone Kolander handles the ball at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on August 29, 2014.

Minnesota sweeps ranked foes to open Big Ten slate

Published September 21, 2015

The Gophers opened Big Ten play on the road successfully, defeating two nationally ranked teams over the weekend.    Minnesota (7-1-2) beat No. 20 Ohio State University 2-1 Thursday and...

Freshman April Bockin dribbles the ball down the field on Fridays game against the New Mexico Labos. The Gophers won 1-0.

Bockin makes impact

Published September 17, 2015

When Gophers freshman forward April Bockin first began training with the Minnesota soccer team this past summer, she never anticipated the amount of playing time she would get or the impact she was about...

Sophmore Maddie Gaffney kicks the ball at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Friday evening where the Gophers defeated the New Mexico Labos 1-0. Gaffneys goal was the first of her collegiate career.

Offense powers Minnesota to home sweep

Published September 14, 2015

The Gophers soccer team wrapped up the nonconference portion of its schedule this past weekend with two victories, defeating the University of New Mexico Friday and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Sunday at...

Stiever faces raised expectations in junior season

Published September 10, 2015

As she begins her junior season at the University of Minnesota, Gophers center midfielder Josee Stiever has higher expectations set for her in all aspects of the game.   Not only was she named to...

Minnesota wins then draws

Published September 8, 2015

The Gophers women’s soccer team played into overtime twice on the road this past weekend, defeating Marquette University in the first overtime Fridayand tying with Texas Tech after two overtimes Sunday.   Minnesota...