Women’s Soccer: Badgers travel to Minneapolis for rival matchup with No. 23 Gophers

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team looks to rebound against the best team in the Big Ten and main rival, the No. 23 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Badgers (4-4-4, 1-2-1 Big Ten) are coming off a close 2-3 loss at Indiana University last Saturday and travel to Minneapolis in hopes of returning to .500 on the season.With two losses already in the Big Ten this season, Wisconsin sits at number nine in conference standings and has the same loss total they had all of last year. A win over the Gophers (9-2-1, 3-0-1 Big Ten) would go a long way in restoring confidence in the squad and help as they get into the thick of conference play. Senior middle forward Micaela Powers leads the defending regular season champions. Powers leads the team in almost every major category with nine points, three goals and three assists. Powers and the Badgers will certainly have their hands full with a stingy Gopher defense that have shut out all of their last three opponents. The Gophers’s senior goalkeeper and Big Ten defensive player of the week last week, Tarah Hobbs, has been a brick wall in the net all year. In her 12 games in front of the frame this season, Hobbs has allowed a slim average of .71 goals per game and only eight goals.Badger’s Key to the GameCapitalize on shot opportunities: The Badgers have been atrocious this year in their shot efficiency, converting on only .071 of their shot opportunities to a tune of 1.17 goals a game. Head coach Paula Wilkins isn’t accustomed to this kind of anemic offense in her nine years in Madison. Among all coaches in the Big Ten with ten or more years at their respective schools, Wilkins holds the best winning percentage over that span at .706 and 207 wins. Wilkins will look to add her 208th against one of the tougher opponents the Badgers will play all year. Minnesota’s offense, coupled with their stellar defense, has scored a whopping 2.33 goals per game while outscoring their opponents by 20 goals this season.Gopher’s key to the game Give the ball to forward Simone Kolander. Last year’s Big Ten forward of the year has followed her junior year up with an unbelievable first half to her senior campaign. Kolander has already eclipsed her point total from last season of 21 in just more than half as many games as last year. There doesn’t seem to be anything opposing defenses can do to stop Kolander so the Badgers will be in for a big test against one of the nation’s best.Look for Wisconsin to come out pretty aggressive in the early minutes on Saturday and try to find some early scoring chances. The Badgers will need to catch some breaks early on in order to stay competitive with the first-class of the Big Ten.last_img read more

Katsina Kicks National League for Postponed League Opener

first_imgBalele said that the decision to cancel the match contravened the Nigeria National League law that stipulated that teams be given two-week notice in advance before a game can be postponed. He said they were only notified of the postponement of the league 48-hours to the game.Balele vowed that Katsina who are in Group A 1, would defy the order by going to Gombe to play Gombe United in A 2 for the match even if there is nobody in the stadium.He said he could not approach Governor Aminu Masari for money again to honour a replay after tax payers’ money had already been released for the match.“My players are already in Abuja after leaving Katsina. We planned to sleep in Jos on our way to Gombe, and they are saying there is no match because the league is on hold. Why are they changing the rule? We have asked Katsina Government to provide us money to go to Gombe and can’t now go back and ask for another money because the match is cancelled. There will be a day of reckoning, “he raged.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Special Adviser on Sports to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Balele Kurfi, has joined issues with the Nigeria National League for putting off the league till May 28. The action resulted in the cancelling a scheduled fixture between Katsina United and Gombe United.Katsina United were already on transit in Abuja en-route Gombe, when they were told that the fixture billed for this Saturday had been put off.The short notice enraged Balele, who in a fit of anger described the decision as ‘unacceptable’.last_img read more