Gopher Women’s Soccer Fall Late in Game to No. 4 Ranked FSU
With a new season and a new coach, the team took a page from last year and lost Friday night’s home opener at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. in the final 4 minutes of the match, 3-2 in front of 1,047 fans.
The Gophers played a strong game against No. 4-ranked Florida State University and surprised the Seminoles by going up 2 goals early, each coming on a miscue from their opponents.
In the 6th minute Taylor Uhl scored after a turnover in the FSU half and in the 7th minute sophomore Katie Thyken took advantage of a poor clearance by goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and chipped the keeper to put the Gophers up 2-0.
FSU battled back with a goal by Dagny Brynjarsdottir as she beat Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill in the 14th minute.
The Maroon and Gold were glad to take their 2-1 lead into the half after being bombarded with 11 shots that forced Parkhill into 7 saves.
It was FSU again in the second half when Nora Kervroedan scored with an assist by Kristin Grubka in the 61st minute.
The U of M continued to hold off the Seminole attack that took 11 more shots in the second half. Late in the match, Jessica Price took a throw-in which she hurled to the far post and Ines Jaurena nodded in the match winner for FSU in the 86th minute.
The Gophers will attempt to regroup and take on another nationally-ranked opponent in No. 24 South Carolina, who drew 0-0 with Milwaukee on Friday night. The match is slated for a noon kickoff at ELR Stadium on Sunday 8/19.