MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.— After a three-week break, No. 25 Minnesota (1-0) returns to action as they host Illinois State University at 8 p.m. Friday. This will be Illinois State’s first game of the season. The Redbirds finished 2015 with a 5-6 record. Meanwhile, Minnesota last played on February 5th, which they won 13-7 against Minnesota State-Mankato. This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
Admission to the game is free. Fans attending are encouraged to park in the 4th Street Parking Ramp or Lot 37. Event parking rates will apply. A map is available HERE.
Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis, Minn. | UMN Rec Sports Dome
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Under Rich Limpert, Minnesota is 8-0 against GRLC teams.
Minnesota converted on 3 of 4 extra man opportunities, while their man down unit killed 3 of 4 penalties against Minnesota State-Mankato
Eric Fong, Nick Abbott, and Bodhi Engum highlight a lethal attack, each having notched 3 goals in the season opener.
The last time the Redbirds faced a ranked opponent was in 2011 (Illinois & Lindenwood).
The Redbirds are 4-3 in season openers on the road.
Senior midfielder Danny Mauer is the only one of their top-5 scorers from last season to return. Mauer finished 2015 with 13g, 7a.
Towering at 6’6”, freshman midfielder Clay Diedrich is the tallest Gopher to play since Jeff Campbell in 2006.