Minnesota (4-3-3, 0-2-1 Big Ten) will face off against Wisconsin (6-2-3, 1-1-1 Big Ten) in a soccer match. The game will take place on September 28, 2023, at 6 p.m. CT in Minneapolis, Minn. The match will be held at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The official Twitter accounts for @GopherSoccer and @BadgerWSoccer will provide updates on the game.
In another game, Minnesota (4-3-3, 0-2-1 Big Ten) will play against No. 16 Indiana (9-0-2, 3-0-0 Big Ten). The match is scheduled for October 1, 2023, at 12 p.m. CT in Bloomington, Ind. The game will take place at Bill Armstrong Stadium. @GopherSoccer and @IndianaWSOC are the official Twitter handles for the teams.
Wisconsin comes into the week with a 6-2-3 record. They have a 1-1-1 record in the Big Ten. The team’s second loss of the season came from Michigan State, and their only other loss was against No. 4 Duke. In August, the Badgers tied the third-ranked Tar Heels with a 0-0 score.
Minnesota has faced Wisconsin 25 times in program history. However, Wisconsin has had the upper hand with a 9-14-2 record against the Gophers. The series has been marked by close matchups, with 18 meetings being decided by one goal. In their last 11 meetings, the Badgers have remained undefeated, winning 10 matches and drawing one.
Indiana has cracked the top 25 for the first time this season, securing the No. 16 spot in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The Hoosiers hold an impressive 9-0-2 record and are undefeated at home. Their recent 1-0 victory over No. 18 Northwestern, along with a tie against No. 25 Tennessee earlier in the season, helped them gain recognition in the top 25 rankings. Hope Paredas, who scored the game-winning goal, was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg received the Goalkeeper of the Week honor for the shutout.
During the Golden Gophers’ 2022 Big Ten home opener, Minnesota defeated Indiana with a 3-0 score, ending Indiana’s winning streak and becoming the first team to score against them.
Freshman Kate Childers is one of eight Gophers players and the only freshman to have started all ten matches this season. Childers has accumulated 836 minutes on the field, the highest among freshmen. She has played the full 90 minutes in six games and at least 74 minutes in nine out of ten matches.
Graduate goalkeeper Megan Plaschko is making history this season. She is currently second all-time in goals against average (0.85), fifth in goalkeeper minutes (5,130:09), and shutouts (24.0). Plaschko needs one more shutout to match Lindsey Dare’s record (2005-08).
Thursday’s game offers a $15 exclusive 2023 scarf + ticket package, with season ticket holders receiving a free scarf. Fans can purchase tickets through the provided link. Additionally, it is Aurora night, and Rory along with members of the Minnesota Aurora will be in attendance.