Oct. 6, 2013
||Purdue 1, Northwestern 0
Boilermaker Soccer Complex • West Lafayette, Ind.
Box Score | Box Score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- It was another close match Sunday afternoon at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex as a first-half goal proved to be the difference in Northwestern’s contest against Purdue. Maddy Williams tallied the lone score of the match at the 55:25 mark to give the Boilermakers the 1-0 victory.
Northwestern had a scoring opportunity right out of the gates off of a corner kick by Margo McGinty. She sent the ball into the box to find a wide open Jennifer Korn, who hit her header shot just high over the crossbar. About 14 minutes into the frame, Kate Allen had another look at the net that was blocked by a Purdue defender. Those were the only two shots NU received credit for in the first frame as Purdue had six shots, two of which were saved by NU freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher, and the 3-1 advantage on corner kicks.
The second half provided more scoring opportunities for the Wildcats as they held the 7-4 advantage on shots and 3-2 edge on corner kicks. Early in the second frame it was NU’s defense stepping up as Hascher made two early saves and stopped a Purdue a corner kick opportunity by lunging to her right to deflect a shot wide of the left post.
Williams then put Purdue on the board with a shot inside the 6-yard box for her first goal of the season. Northwestern kept creating chances and in the 70th minute, Addie Steiner had a shot right in front of the net that hit the crossbar and Julie Sierks was there for the rebound but her shot was blocked as she took a hard hit to the ground. With no foul called, play resumed and Purdue took control of possession.
With less than nine minutes remaining the Wildcats kept the pressure on with plenty of service into the box but were unable to get a clean look at the net. Northwestern had three corner kicks in the final nine minutes, including two with less than four minutes remaining, and a free kick opportunity near the midfield to set something up with 16 seconds remaining but Purdue held on for the 1-0 victory.
Purdue finished with the slight 10-9 advantage on shots and 5-2 clip in shots on goal. Hascher made four saves while Purdue keeper Clara Kridler stopped both shots on goal. The Boilermakers also finished with the 5-4 edge on corner kicks.
The Wildcats have been competitive in all five of their Big Ten contests so far this year as each of those games have been decided by a goal. Northwestern will look to get back on the winning track next week, playing one match as Minnesota visits Lakeside Field on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter, become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook, subscribe to the NU Sports Express e-newsletter and sign up to receive promotional text alerts for the latest news, schedule updates and video and to interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!