SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Freshman Sarah Griffith scored early in the second half and the Boilermakers' goalkeepers combined for eight saves, leading the way as Purdue women's soccer defeated No. 18 Notre Dame 2-0 in preseason exhibition action Wednesday.
Maddy Williams assisted on Griffith's goal in the 53rd minute and sealed the win with a goal of her own at the top of the 86th minute. Williams has returned to the lineup this fall after missing all of 2016 due to a knee injury. Going back to the fall of 2016, she has now scored five goals in the last three preseason games in which she has suited up.
Griffith was one of six freshmen to start the game for the Boilermakers. Classmate Kylie Hase assisted on Williams' goal and played all 90 minutes. First-year center back Sarah Clark also went the distance in the shutout. Freshman goalkeeper Katie Luce earned the start and finished with three saves in 45 minutes.
Senior Erika Yohn took over in goal to begin the second half and finished off the shutout, recording five saves. She preserved the clean sheet with back-to-back saves on shots by two different UND players just seconds apart in the 87th minute.
Notre Dame, 13-3-5 and an NCAA Tournament qualifier last year, hit the goal framing twice just over a minute apart in the first half. Sabrina Flores hit the post with a shot in the 32nd minute and saw her penalty kick carom off the crossbar at the top 90 of the goal a minute later.
The Boilermakers withstood a corner kick scramble in the 19th minute, during which the Fighting Irish recorded three shots about five seconds apart. Luce made a save on the first, a Purdue defender blocked the follow-up opportunity off the rebound and the third shot of the sequence sailed wide.
Yohn was also credited with saves in the 50th, 64th and 67th minutes. While protecting its 1-0 lead, Purdue did not surrender a shot on goal from the 68th through 86th minutes.
Williams was credited with eight of the Boilermakers' 12 shots.
Freshman Hannah Melchiorrre and Maya Lambert were also in the starting lineup, both players logging over 80 minutes. Classmate Katie Stephens played 28 minutes to lead the field players that came off the bench. She checked with Brady Riley and Dannah Williams in the 37th minute as Purdue's first subs of the game.
Senior Vanessa Korolas joined Clark and Hase among the Boilermakers that played the full 90 minutes.
Purdue is now a perfect 5-0 in preseason games and 16-4 in exhibition contests (spring and fall) under third-year head coach Drew Roff. But the Boilermakers had previously lost three times to UND during that span.
While Wednesday's result will ultimately not count toward Purdue's record this season or count in the all-time series with the Fighting Irish, it is still a win against a team ranked among the top 25 in the United Soccer Coaches' (formerly NSCAA) preseason poll. The Boilermakers had not beaten a top-25 team since August 2009 at No. 6 Texas A&M.
Purdue closes out its preseason schedule and begins a six-game homestand Saturday when it hosts Iowa State at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all fans all season at Folk Field.