WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team earned a 4-0 shutout win Sunday over Morehead State at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
"Coming off Friday's 1-0 loss, we encouraged the players to come back with energy and we were really happy with the response," head coach Robert Klatte said. "We put on a lot of pressure all over the field, and overall I thought it was a good performance. We certainly shut down their offense, and then got in behind them when they had to chase the game in the second half. We were able to get a lot of people on the field and really play to our strengths and use our athleticism. This was a fantastic result."
Purdue (1-1) controlled possession for the entire game and outshot Morehead State 25-2, including 18-0 in the second half. The Boilermakers, who put pressure on early and often, ended the game with a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Junior Kellie Phillips opening the scoring in the 18th minute. The attack started after Purdue goalkeeper Carianne Betts made her only save of the game and cleared the ball to midfield. From there, junior Katie Leinert found Phillips 22 yards out on the left side where she ripped a shot just under the cross bar and past the diving hands of Morehead State goalkeeper Lily Meisner.
Purdue had several more chances in the first half including one from freshman Jordan Frick in the 44th minute. The Kirkwood, Mo., native found herself open from the same spot that Phillips scored. Frick took a similar shot, but Meisner made a fingertip save to keep the score 1-0 as the half wound to a close.
After the break, the Boilermakers picked up right where they left off. In the 46th minute, Phillips sent a corner kick to the front of the net. The ball was shot past the keeper, but an Eagle defender headed it away on the goal line. Purdue retained possession and Warren dropped the ball over to Liz Secue on the right side of the attack. Secue found sophomore Marta Lynch on the left side with a cross, and Lynch fired a shot from 12 yards into the back of the net to give the Boilermakers a 2-0 advantage.
Purdue continued to pepper shots at Meisner before adding a third goal in the 76th minute. In her first appearance as a Boilermaker, freshman Rachael Kimack scored in the left side of the net from seven yards out. Secue picked up her second assist of the game to tie Purdue's program record, and she produced just the 17th instance of both coming in the same half.
The final tally came from a familiar face in the 86th minute. Lynch pelted a shot from the top of the 18 yard box just past a diving Meisner for the first two-goal game of her collegiate career. Phillips was credited with the assist, which moved her into a tie for ninth on Purdue's all-time list with the 13th of her career.
"It really felt great to come out," Lynch said. "The team had really high energy, and I just got two perfect balls from my teammates, which allowed me to put it away. We were really disappointed by Friday's game, and we wanted to bounce back from that and get a result."
The shutout win improves the Boilermakers' all-time record against Morehead State to 3-0, and all three wins have come without allowing a goal. That ties a Purdue record for most consecutive shutouts against a non-conference foe with three. Illinois State, who was held off the scoreboard in 2000, 2003 and 2008, is the only other non-conference opponent to be shut out three straight times by the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they host the University of Miami Hurricanes. Kickoff from the Varsity Soccer Complex is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET. Live results and a live radio broadcast can be found at purduesports.com.