WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue soccer team fought its way to a 1-1 draw with the Miami Hurricanes Friday night at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
"We had great energy for all 110 minutes," Head Coach Robert Klatte said. "We really provided pressure to them all over the field. We pounded the goal with early shots, but we just need to be able to clean it up and finish."
Purdue (1-1-1) controlled possession for the entire game and outshot Miami 30-11 including a 10-5 advantage on goal. Despite the disparity, Miami (1-1-1) capitalized on an early mistake by the Boilermakers and struck first.
In the 16th minute, the Hurricanes capitalized on an aggressive Purdue attack. The Hurricanes were able to block a shot by senior Liz Secue and then the chase was on. Miami's Ali Brennan played a ball deep down the right side of the field to sophomore forward Kate Howarth. She was able to get by the Boilermaker defense and scored on a shot from 13 yards out into the lower left corner of the goal.
Purdue came right back with several great scoring opportunities. In the 19th minute, junior Kellie Phillips found Mollie Kuramoto on a corner kick. The freshman defender got a head on it, but knocked it just over the crossbar. Minutes later, Secue fired a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box off the fingertips of a diving Vikki Alonzo, the Miami goalkeeper. The ball rolled towards the left goalpost where freshman Hadley Stuart was just out of reach and it tumbled safely out of bounds.
Secue had another great look in the 34th minute when she found herself open from 22 yards out, the same spot she scored from last week against Morehead State. Her shot again beat the goalkeeper, but this time missed just over the goal. The Boilermakers kept up pressure until the 41st minute when they found themselves with their best opportunity of the first half.
Secue received a pass on the left side and was fouled on a shot from just outside the 18-yard box. Junior Lauren Montenegro took the free kick for Purdue, but it was blocked by a Miami defender in front of the goal. The ball was knocked around in front of the net before it squirted free to an open Roya Akhavain in the middle of the box. She fired a shot from 10 yards that was partially tipped before it caromed off the crossbar and out of bounds. The Boilermakers trailed 1-0 at the half despite outshooting the Hurricanes 17-3.
Miami brought a physical style of play out of the locker room, but Purdue picked up right where it had left off. The Boilermakers found themselves with several scoring opportunities until the 56th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick.
Phillips elected to take the kick and drove a shot toward the lower left corner of the goal. However, Alonzo made an unbelievable diving save to preserve Miami's 1-0 lead. The save propelled the Hurricanes as they seemed to take control of the game for the next several minutes. However, their physical play again caught up with them, but this time Purdue took advantage.
In the 79th minute, Purdue was awarded a free kick after a Miami foul just to the left of the goal box. Junior Kaitlyn Blacha played the kick in front of the goal where it was narrowly knocked right of the goal by a Hurricane defender. This set up the ninth Boilermaker corner kick of the evening. Blacha drove the ball to the front of the net where she found Montenegro between two defenders. The Diamond Bar, Calif., native was able to knock the ball out of the air and into the right side of the goal to knot the score at one.
Purdue came right back in the 80th minute with another excellent opportunity. Junior Katie Leinert got past the Hurricane defense and for a clean look from 12 yards out. Her shot had Alonzo beat, but missed just right of the goal. The teams played out the final 10 minutes evenly and headed to overtime tied at one.
The Boilermakers had an opportunity in the 98th minute when Marta Lynch stole the ball and got past her defender. The sophomore ripped an uncontested shot from 11 yards out just over the net. The only shot on goal in the first extra session came off of Miami's first corner kick of the game, but goalkeeper Carianne Betts was up to the challenge.
The second overtime saw similar play as the first. Purdue had a great opportunity in 103rd minute when Alexis Tryba sent a cross right in front of the goal. Two Boilermakers were there, but Alonzo made a diving save to stop the threat. Neither team recorded a shot on goal in the final 10 minute period.
The draw brings the Boilermakers' overall record against Miami to 0-1-1.
Purdue returns to action Sunday when they host St. Bonaventure. Kickoff from the Varsity Soccer Complex is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Live results and a live radio broadcast can be found at purduesports.com.