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April Bockin showed Friday why she was named Big Ten forward of the year.

The Minnesota senior scored two goals in leading the Golden Gophers to a 2-0 win against Nebraska in the Big Ten soccer tournament semifinals in Westfield, Indiana.

Bockin wasted little time getting the Gophers an early advantage, scoring from long range three minutes into the match. Her second goal, in the 88th minute, thwarted any chances the Huskers had of getting back into the match.

Bockin entered the day leading the Big Ten in goals (13) and points (31).

Nebraska, seeded sixth, had struggled offensively entering Friday's match, but it had its opportunities against the seventh-seeded Gophers, managing four shots in the first half and three in the second.

Junior goalkeeper Aubrei Corder, making her 62nd career start, earned four saves in 90 minutes of action. She increased her career total to 187 saves, which ranks fourth in program history.

Minnesota will play top-seeded Penn State in Sunday's Big Ten Tournament championship match. The Nittany Lions defeated Illinois 1-0.

The Huskers (9-7-5), meanwhile, will await to see if they are selected for the NCAA Tournament. NU's RPI ranking was 50 entering the week.


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