Josee Stiever scored two goals, in the 60th and 87th minutes, to lead the Gophers soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Iowa on Thursday at Robbie Stadium. The senior midfielder from Cedarburg, Wis., has seven goals this season.

Simone Kolander, who assisted on Stiever’s first goal, made it 3-0 Minnesota in the 89th minute.

Keeper Tarah Hobbs got her fourth Big Ten shutout for the No. 17 Gophers (10-3-1, 4-1-1 conference). Iowa (7-7, 1-5) was outshot 15-4.

Loons’ Ramirez hurt

Christian Ramirez, the leading goal-scorer in the NASL, will not play for Minnesota United FC against Puerto Rico FC on Saturday in Bayamon because of a high ankle sprain.

Ramirez suffered the injury Wednesday in a 2-2 tie on the road with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

He scored his 16th goal of the season in the first half of that match.

Ismail Jome, who has one goal in eight games, will replace Ramirez on the roster.

United, in a battle for the fourth and final playoff spot, is 0-4-1 in its past five matches. Puerto Rico has won three matches in a row and is 3-0-3 in its past six.


• Senior Brett Pfarr of the Gophers wrestling team was selected for the NWCA All-Star Classic on Nov. 5 in Cleveland. Pfarr, who was 40-4 last season and placed third at 197 pounds in the NCAA Championships, will face fellow All-America Brett Harner of Princeton. He was 36-6 last season and eighth in the national meet.

• The Gophers’ men’s and women’s swimming teams will not compete against Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday because of concerns in that area over Hurricane Matthew. The men’s dual meet versus the Seminoles was canceled as was the three-team women’s meet versus FSU and Duke. Minnesota’s two teams now will open their season against Wisconsin at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center, their home pool.

• St. Cloud State was ranked first in the NSIC preseason women’s swimming and diving coaches preseason poll. Minnesota State was picked second. Junior Hannah Kastigar of Northern State and sophomore Britin Thomsen of St. Cloud State were chosen the preseason swimmer and diver of the year, respectively.

• The MIAC men’s and women’s golf meet will be held Saturday through Monday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.