Minnesota Wins Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 6, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Emily Heslin's goal with 5:22 remaining lifted top-seeded Minnesota to a 2-1 victory over No. 7 seed Rutgers in the Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament championship match on Sunday afternoon at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
With the win, the Golden Gophers (16-3-3, 7-1-3 Big Ten) earned their second Big Ten Tournament title and first since 1995. Minnesota also will receive the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Heslin's goal, her first of the season, came off a rising blast from just outside the top of the penalty area only 47 seconds after Rutgers (11-4-6, 4-2-5) had tied the match on Chantelle Swaby's goal.
Prior to the thrilling finish, it appeared Minnesota's Sydney Squires would have the only score of the day, having put the Golden Gophers on the board with her goal in the 27th minute.
The announcement of the 64-team field for the 2016 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament will be made at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday live on NCAA.com.
2016 Big Ten Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team