NORMAL, Ill. -- Freshmen Andrea Petrina and Maddy Woolford scored eight minutes apart in the first half and Purdue women's soccer made the early hold up for a 2-0 victory at Missouri Valley Conference defending champion and preseason favorite Illinois State Friday afternoon.
Alex Hairston helped setup both goals. Her serve from the right flank in the 16th minute caromed off the crossbar and deflected to Petrina on the inside edge of the 18-yard box. The Canadian scored with a shot inside the right post.
Eight minutes later, Hairston dribbled in from the right flank and connected a short right-to-left cross to Woolford in the heart of the 18-yard box. The Northwest Ohio native blasted a shot over the goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net.
Goalkeepers Jordan Ginther and Erika Yohn split time for Purdue. As the starter, Ginther made four saves in the first half, snuffing out a couple quality scoring chances in the final 10 minutes of the opening half. Yohn had six saves and was in good position multiple times as ISU began to shoot more liberally as the second half played out.
Hairston enters her senior season needing just two assists to tie the program's all-time record. She would have done so Friday but statistics accumulated in preseason exhibition do not count toward a player's totals for the season or career.
Vanessa Korolas joined Petrina and Woolford as freshmen in the starting lineup for the Boilermakers. Erika Arkans and Yohn were the other newcomers to see action off the bench. The rest of Purdue's starting lineup featured Bloomington-Normal native Holly Gregory, Mollie Kuramoto, Mikayla Lasky, Kim Love, Christa Szalach, Maddy Williams and Hairston. Nine Boilers saw action off the bench.
Williams led Purdue with six shots, putting three on goal. She had the game's first quality scoring chance, forcing the ISU `keeper to make a diving save to her left in the eighth minute.
Illinois State standout Rachel Tejada hit the left post in the 62nd minute. She accounted for four of ISU's 19 shots.
The Boilermakers open the regular season Friday, Aug. 22 by hosting the four-team Boilermaker Challenge Cup. Purdue will take on Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Friday in game two of the tournament. Butler and Ohio will square off at 4 p.m. in the first of four games on the weekend at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
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