Buisman’s Brace Helps Gophers Crush Illini 5-0

Buisman’s Brace Helps Gophers Crush Illini 5-0

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota (7-4-3, 3-4-0 B1G) used four first-half goals, including two from senior McKenna Buisman, to take care of Illinois 5-8-1, 1-5-1 B1G) on Thursday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. The match, which was broadcasted on the Big Ten Network, was the largest margin of victory for the Gophers since a 7-1 win over Michigan State in 2017. 

“Tonight was a great response from our last match on Sunday,” head coach Erin Chastain said. “Our group really stepped up in film and in training this week and was ready to respond. You saw that right from the kickoff. I thought we were really assertive in the attack and I think in the beginning of the first half that final pass wasn’t there, but then we started to have better selections as the half wore on. We really kind of pinned them in and, outside of a couple of counters that they had, I thought we were really on top of the game.” 

Buisman scored her first goal of the match in the 20th minute. The senior was unassisted on the goal after hustling back to deflect a clearance by the Illini goalkeeper. The second goal came 11 minutes later in the 31st minute with Buisman getting on the end of another goal after dispossessing an Illini defender she took the ball into the top of the 18 and finished on the bottom right of the goal to put Minnesota on top 2-0. 

“Kenna creates goals, that’s what she does,” Chastain said. “She presses and she’s just so dangerous. We saw a glimpse of what she can do up top.” 

The first half goals continued to pile up when Makenzie Langdok unleashed a shot from distance that hit the crossbar and down to put the Maroon and Gold up 3-0 in the 39th minute. Megan Gray was credited with the assist, her second of the season. 

Just before the half it was Rylan Baker who made it a four-goal advantage in the 43rd minute. Baker followed up a shot from sophomore Sophia Boman to score right in front of the net. The four first half goals is the second time this season Minnesota has scored four goals in a half and the first time since 2017 the team scored four goals in a half against a Big Ten opponent. 

It took until the 89th minute for Minnesota to notch its final goal of the night when Aynsley Conner scored her first career goal as a Gopher to make it 5-0. Boman was credited with her second assist of the night on a give-and-go sequence that Conner finished with a looping shot to the back post. 

In total Minnesota finished with 26 shots, the most in a match for the team during Big Ten play. Minnesota’s first half goal total increased to 19 with Thursday’s performance, a conference high. 

Next up for Minnesota is Northwestern (7-6-1, 3-3-1) on Sunday, Oct. 17, on BTN+ with a start time of 3 p.m. CT. Northwestern is coming off a 1-0 defeat against Wisconsin on Thursday. 

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