The Minnesota Gophers kick off the 2019 campaign in California this week starting with UC Santa Barbara on August 22 before traveling south along the Pacific coast to face Cal-State Fullerton on Sunday August 25.
First up the Gophers face the Gauchos at 9pm CT on the 22nd before taking on Cal-State Fullerton at 7pm CT.
The Gophers have faced the Gauchos of UCSB three times but have never faced off against the Titans of Cal-State Fullerton. The Gophers lead the all-time series with the Gauchos 2-1.
Minnesota defeated the UCSB 2-0 on September 4, 2010 and again 1-0 on August 28, 2011 but last time the Gophers faced the Gauchos in the 2017 home opener the Maroon and Gold fell 1-0.
PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON
The Gophers had only one 2019 preseason match, a 3-0 victory over North Dakota State University on August 17 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Freshman Katie Duong led the way with two goals in her first half of wearing the Maroon and Gold. Duong scored one off a missed penalty kick before burying home a cross from sophomore Patricia Ward in the 18th minute.
The Gophers would add an insurance goal in the 55th minute while goalkeepers Maddie Nielsen and Ana Aguado shutout the Bison.
NATIONAL TEAM TALENT
Gophers freshman Katie Duong, who scored two goals in the team's exhibition against North Dakota State, will train and compete with the Under-20 United State's Women's National Team. Duong hasn't previously been called up to the national team level since middle school.
The Portland, Oregon, native will attend the training camp in Chula Vista, California running from August 24 to Sept. 1 with two friendlies against Japan on August 28 and 31. Both matches begin at 6:30pm CT.