Gophers Soccer: Tarah Hobbs earns first Big Ten weekly award


After backstopping the Minnesota women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 7 Penn State on Sunday, freshman goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs earned her first Big Ten weekly award on Monday.

With her efforts, Hobbs was named the Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week by the Big Ten.

The Hugo, Minn. native also helped the Golden Gophers to a 0-0 tie against the Ohio State Buckeyes last Friday — both matches were at home and kept Minnesota undefeated at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Minnesota is now 9-3-1 overall on the season and will likely land in the NSCAA Top 25 rankings for the first time this season, when they are released on Tuesday. Hobbs has been impressive in her first season with the Maroon and Gold and already leads the conference in save percentage and saves per match.

She is ranked No. 18 in the nation in save percentage and is fifth among freshman. Minnesota will look to keep their hot play alive when they travel on the road to Evanston to take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday.

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