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Thursday's MAC Women's Soccer Results - 8/30
Minnesota 7, Bowling Green 0
Minnesota 7, Bowling Green 0
The University of Minnesota scored twice in the first 20 minutes, then exploded for five second-half goals in a 7-0 dismantling of the Bowling Green State University women's soccer team Thursday night (Aug. 30). The non-conference match was held at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 3-2-0 on the season. The Falcons drop to 1-3-0 on the year.
Taylor Uhl scored three goals for the Gophers, who also got goals from Allie Phillips, Allie Reinke, Haley Helverson and Taylor Wodnick. For Uhl, just a sophomore, the hat trick was the third of her career. She already has scored eight goals this season.
"This was definitely a tough one," said BGSU coach Kellie Evans. "To be quite honest, we learned a lot about our team. Our kids kept battling, but unfortunately, we gave a very good, very athletic team some opportunities to put the ball away, and they took care of it."
The hosts got on the board with just over three minutes gone, as Phillips drove a ball to the far post from the right side of the 18-yard box. Helverson lobbed a ball over BGSU senior goalkeeper Becca Ison in the 17th minute for a 2-0 Minnesota lead.
Uhl scored two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half, and also tallied a goal in the 74th minute of the match to complete the hat trick. Wodnick registered Minnesota's fifth goal in the 68th minute, and after Uhl's third goal, Reinke closed the scoring with just over 11 minutes left.
The Gophers had a decisive 23-3 advantage in total shots, including a 10-0 margin in the first half. Minnesota put 18 of those 23 shots on goal, compared to two for the Falcons.
"Credit to Minnesota, they are a good, strong team with some special players, especially up top," said Evans. "We gave them some point-blank opportunities and put ourselves in a hole early on."
Cat Parkhill played the first 73-plus minutes in goal for the home team, while Kristen Knutson also saw time between the posts. Each 'keeper made one save.
For the Falcons, Ison played the first 70:44, making seven saves while allowing five goals. Freshman Jenna Underwood made her collegiate debut, playing the last 19:16 and facing no fewer than six shots on goal in that time. Underwood made four stops in the match.
All 22 players who made the trip to St. Paul got into the match for the Falcons, with 20 of those players seeing at least 14 minutes of time on the pitch.
Prior to Thursday night, the Gophers' two wins on the season had come against No. 24 South Carolina, and against Southern Cal (USC), with the latter victory coming by three goals on the road.
The Falcons remain in Minnesota, as BGSU will take on Western Kentucky University in neutral-site action on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1). That match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time at ELR Stadium.
"It was a tough game tonight, but we can take some positives away from this," said Evans. "I'm proud of the kids for continuing to battle. It might not seem like it from the scoreline, but we made some steps tonight. I am looking forward to learning from this game. It will make us stronger and make us better. We will get back to work and get prepared for Western Kentucky on Saturday."