MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota (1-0-1, 0-0-0 B1G) earned their second shutout in as many games Sunday afternoon at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium with a 0-0 draw against the University of L ‘Illinois – Chicago. Megan Plaschko, with the Gophers back line, allowed just four shots with just one on the frame to secure the clean sheet.
“Sunday games are arguably the toughest in college football,” said Chastain. “We’re disappointed with today’s result, but there are still some positives with our squad. Defensively we were organized and we were tough. We generated some great chances in the course of the game which hopefully. the, now our next step will be to capitalize on these. “
Back-to-back shutouts to start the season are the first time both Maroon and Gold have achieved this since 2017. Sunday’s clean sheet is the seventh of his career for Plaschko and that total only includes 12 starts, 10 of which are in the 2020- season. 21 shortened.
After a slow start, the Minnesota offense picked up the pace in the second half, landing 11 shots in the second half. Overall, the Gophers outscored the UIC Flames 21-4 with a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal. Khyah harper and Brown Izzy the two were the individual leaders when it comes to shots with four each while Makenzie langdok, Sophie boman and Mckenna buisman all added three hits each
“One of the biggest lessons we can take today is that we had two very good chances at the start,” said Chastain. “One of them should be a goal for us, and then obviously it’s a different game from there. In some games, maybe those are the only chances you have. We have to recognize that we have to be prepared to score in any goal. “
Minnesota’s next game is on August 26, on the road against Drake (0-1-1, 0-0-0 MVC). The Bulldogs have just suffered a 2-0 loss to Creighton as well as a 0-0 draw against Kansas.
For more information on the Gophers, keep checking back with GopherSports.com. Follow the University of Minnesota women’s football on Twitter and Instagram (@GopherSoccer) and on Facebook, so you don’t miss any content during the 2021 season.