WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 24 Oregon State scored in the final seconds of the first half and the lone goal of the game held up, allowing the Beavers to spoil Purdue women's soccer's home opener, 1-0, Friday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
Oregon State's Jenna Richardson gave her team a halftime lead by scoring with one second remaining before the first half expired. She made a long run up the right flank and scored with a right-to-left diagonal ground shot across the 18-yard box.
After OSU (1-1) dominated possession and the shot count in the first half, the Boilermakers (1-2) were the more active teams for large portions of the second half.
Purdue created five corner kick opportunities in the second half and had a scoring chance on two of those corners. Lauren Montenegro, who did not start for the first time in her collegiate career, won the ball with a header in the 76th minute, forcing goalkeeper Colleen Boyd to make a point blank save near the right post.
Mollie Kuramoto also had a scoring chance on a header following a corner kick in the 63rd minute, but saw the ball sail wide left.
Both teams registered only two shots on goal in the game, but Oregon State hit the goal framing in each half. Melinda Ingalls floated a shot off the crossbar from the heart of the 18-yard box in the 38th minute. In the 81st minute, it was surprising that Chelsea Buckland didn't score when her shot attempt from the middle of the box hit the inside of the left post. The ball rolled along the goal line for a few yards but did not cross the line before Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler was able to corral it.
Kridler was only credited with one save but it was a quality stop in the 39th minute. She made a diving save to her left to deflect a shot by Richardson wide of the right post, keeping the game scoreless at the time.
The Boilermakers were shutout at home for the first time since playing Wisconsin to a scoreless draw in the 2010 Big Ten opener. It was Purdue's first shutout loss at the Varsity Soccer Complex since losing the 2010 season opener to Toledo, 1-0, in overtime. Having lost in shutout fashion to a nationally-ranked West Virginia team Sunday, the Boilers have now been blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since October 2008, against Penn State and Illinois.
Purdue returns to action Sunday for a 2 p.m. (EDT) game at Missouri. The Boilermakers open a program-long eight-game homestand next Friday with the first-ever night game at the Varsity Soccer Complex.