WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Hannah Melchiorre's second goal in as many games gave Purdue women's soccer the lead for 48 minutes, but Loyola Marymount scored twice in the final six minutes to rally past the Boilermakers 2-1 Monday at Folk Field.
The Lions (1-1) scored a pair of quality goals only four minutes and 20 seconds apart, equalizing in the 84th minute and taking the lead in the 88th minute. Phoebe Riley scored the equalizer and assisted on Kami Hoban's impressive game winner, which came via a shot from 30 yards out on the right flank that was lofted perfectly into the top left 90 of the net.
Melchiorre is the first freshman in Purdue history to score in each of the first two regular-season games of her career. She joined Jessica Okoroafo (2009), Alex Hairston (2012), Mollie Kuramoto (2013) and Maddy Williams (2015) as Boilermakers to score in each of the first two games of a season. Williams set up Melchiorre's score for her 19th career assist, moving into 19th place in program history.
The final minute of the game took more than a half an hour to complete after a lightning delay went into effect with 14 seconds remaining. A yellow card on LMU's Emily Carman caused the clock to be stopped. But before the Boilermakers (1-1) could play the free kick, lightning was detected within 10 miles of Folk Field. The required 30-minute delay went into effect. Sarah Griffith was able to get a shot off after action resumed with Purdue booting the free kick into the offensive third, but Griffith's shot from about 25 yards out went wide left to end the match.
Goalkeeper Katie Luce finished with four saves for the Boilermakers. Center back Maya Lambert also accounted for a team save when she prevented LMU's Tatyanna Lewis from scoring by knocking down a shot and then clearing the ball off the goal line. Luce then made a strong save on the second of the two ensuing corner kicks.
Luce also made an early punch save, deflecting a shot by Emma Trynauer over the crossbar in the 10th minute.
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Riley's equalizer capped a corner kick sequence that LMU initially played short to the left flank. Skylar Robledo got her head on the service, redirecting the ball to Lewis. Riley scored with a shot inside the right post after Lewis connected a short right-to-left pass to her teammate in the heart of the 18-yard box.
Melchiorre dribbled around LMU goalkeeper Charlee Pruitt in the 35th minute, setting up a tap in from the top of the six-yard box after turning the corner to the right on the keeper.
Both teams hit the goal framing in the second half. Off a corner kick in the 71st minute, the Lions' Shelby Cormier had her header hit the outside edge of the right post before it caromed over the end line. Williams hit the crossbar with a floating shot from a tough angle on the left flank in the 86th minute.
Sarah Clark, Kylie Hase, Vanessa Korolas, Hannah Mussallem and Lambert went the distance among the Purdue field players. Katie Stephens was the first Boilermaker off the bench again and logged 28 minutes to lead the reserves.
The Boilermakers continue their five-game homestand Sunday against Indiana State. Kickoff for the annual GLRSA/Boilers FC youth soccer day game is set for 1 p.m. ET.