WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- An own goal for Miami (Ohio) with one minute and 20 seconds remaining in the first half proved to be the only score of the night as the RedHawks held on to defeat Purdue women's soccer, 1-0, in the season opener for both teams at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup Friday evening.
The Boilermakers dropped their season opener for the first time since losing to Toledo, 1-0, in overtime in 2010, which was also the last time they were shutout in their first game. The own goal was the first against Purdue since the loss at Penn State in September of last year. However, it marked the first time an own goal doubled as a game-winning marker since a 2009 NCAA Tournament loss to Central Michigan in South Bend.
Butler defeated Ohio, 3-2, in double overtime in the first game of the day Friday at the four-team Boilermaker Challenge Cup. The Bulldogs' Kelly Mahoney headed in a corner kick in the 104th minute for her second goal of the night. The winner of Sunday's Butler-Miami game will emerge as the champion of the 14th Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Mollie Kuramoto was in position in the heart of the 18-yard box to clear Miami's left-to-right cross late in the first half Friday. But the ball had some wicked spin on it and shanked off the top of her foot into the top right corner of the net. There was little goalkeeper Jordan Ginther could to do prevent the fluke score.
The Boilermakers struggled to do much offensively in the first half despite possession being fairly split 50-50. But Purdue amped up the pressure in the second half, recording 12 shots and five corner kicks in the final 45 minutes. Miami goalkeeper Danielle Wiseman made all six of her saves in the second half.
But it was freshman center back Vanessa Korolas who made the top individual play of the night. In the 56th minute, Korolas made a sliding team save of a rolling ground shot destined for the right side of the net. She took a goal way from Chole Knue and kept it a 1-0 game.
The Boilermakers forced Wiseman to make three saves in a three-minute span around the midpoint of the second half. Maddy Williams' shot in the 65th minute initially got through Wiseman's hands, but the `keeper was able to pounce on the loose ball before it got to the goal line. About 90 seconds later, Williams served a nice left-to-right cross along the endline that found Maddy Woolford near the right post. But Wiseman was in good position to make the save. Williams, who led the way with seven shots, challenged Wiseman again 75 seconds later.
Mikayla Lasky got her head on a pair of second-half corner kicks, but she missed wide left in the 63rd minute and Wiseman made the save amongst a crowd in the 80th minute. The `keeper had deflected another shot by Williams out of bounds in the 79th minute that led to Purdue's sixth corner kick of the night.
Miami's Jess Bronke hit the crossbar twice from the top of the 18-yard box in the 13th minute. After the rebound from the initial shot caromed back to her, Bronke's second shot had a little bit more loft on it and Ginther had her hand up to guide it off the bar. Ginther finished with four saves.
Korolas was one of five Purdue freshmen to make their regular-season collegiate debuts Friday and was joined in the starting lineup by Andrea Petrina and Erika Arkans. Nicole Robertson and Woolford both saw action off the bench. Robertson played the final 36 minutes and head coach Robert Klatte praised her contributions after the game.
Korolas and Lasky were the lone Purdue field players to go the distance. Christa Szalach logged 51 minutes to lead the reserves, starting the second half.
Sunday's Butler-Miami game is set for 11 a.m. and Purdue takes on Ohio at 2 p.m.
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