Wisconsin upset the No. 11-ranked Gophers 1-0 in women's soccer Friday night in Madison. The Badgers goal came on a penalty kick by Kinley McNicoll in the 36th minute. It was her second goal of the season.
It was the fourth consecutive shutout for the keeper Caitlyn Clem and the Badgers (6-4-3, 3-1-1 Big Ten), who held the Gophers (9-1-2, 4-1) to four shots on goal. Minnesota was 7-0-1 in its past eight matches.
Pitino likes U size
Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino met with the media Friday to discuss the offseason and upcoming season.
His starting lineup if Minnesota were playing today?
"It would probably be Nate [Mason], Carlos [Morris], [Charles] Buggs, Joey [King] and Bakary [Konate]. But again, in six weeks [before the first game] so much can change. In my ideal world, that's a big lineup and pretty talented.
"But one thing you learn is that you make a plan and you know it's going to change. But I like the size of that lineup. I like the speed. I like the athleticism."
Thoughts about his $400,000 raise announced over the summer?
"What I look at, to be honest, is getting two more years. That's what excites me because the President [Eric Kaler] and Norwood [Teague] at the time believed that even though we weren't where we want to be, we're on the right track and that with more time we can do great things.
"I really feel like we're starting to turn the corner with the guys in this program and with the recruiting moving forward. "
For more on Pitino, see Mike Rand's blog on startribune.com.
• The Gophers men's and women's teams will open their season at 9 a.m. Saturday at Florida State.
"Florida State's coaching staff is outstanding and they have a strong, young team like us and it's exciting to go into an unknown environment," Minnesota head coach Kelly Kremer said."it will be great for our program."
• The No. 16 Gophers volleyball team will play No. 7 Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Illini (11-3) are the third ranked conference opponent Minnesota (10-3) will face.
• The MIAC women's golf meet will be held Saturday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. Carleton is the defending champion; the Knights won their first conference title with a meet record overall score. Carleton and St. Thomas are the favorites this season with stroke averages of 313.9 and 314.6, respectively.
… Bethel won its first men's MIAC golf title a year ago. The Tommies will go into the conference meet at Bunker Hills with the best stroke average of 296.9, but Bethel is a close second at 298.3.