WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Maddy Williams and Soraya Toppin-Herbert scored their first goals of the young season about two and half minutes apart in the second half, providing the offense that carried Purdue women's soccer to a 2-0 victory Friday evening at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
The game was delayed for about an hour and 45 minutes in the first half due to lightning. The game was halted with 7:44 remaining in the first half when the first lightning strike within 10 miles of the Soccer Complex registered. Heavy rain showers were part of the storm that followed. Game action finally resumed about 9:25 p.m., although the teams opted for a seven-minute halftime break instead of a 15-minute intermission.
Williams scored her 11th goal as a Boilermaker in the 69th minute off an assist from Gianna Milaro. In the 72nd minute, Toppin-Herbert finished off a rebound on a corner kick for her first collegiate goal. Megan Kaser served in the corner kick from the northwest corner and Mikayla Lasky got her head on the ball near the right post before it caromed to Toppin-Herbert.
The Boilermakers (2-1) posted their second straight 2-0 win and have still yet to give up a goal scored by an opposing player in 360 minutes this year (including the exhibition win at Illinois State). But it was freshman goalkeeper Maddy Olsen that was pressed into action Friday. Starter Jordan Ginther was playing with a contusion on her thigh and the injury stiffened up during the extended break. Olsen saw her first collegiate action, playing the final 53 minutes of the game.
Purdue dominated possession when the game resumed in the 38th minute. In the second half, the Boilermakers enjoyed an 11-3 edge in shots and held Ball State (2-1) without a corner kick opportunity. The Cardinals had won each of their first two games this season in shutout fashion.
Williams accounted for 10 of the Boilers' 18 shots and finally scored with a blast inside the right post from the inside edge of the 18-yard box. It appeared as though BSU goalkeeper Brooke Dennis did not read the shot correctly when it left Williams' foot, as she went left and the ball instead stayed its course into the right side of the net.
Toppin-Herbert's first goal came in her 30th career game for Purdue and first this season. She logged 49 minutes off the bench, including the first 40 minutes of the second half. Sophomores Lasky and Milaro recorded their first collegiate assists Friday.
Ginther's best save of the night was in the 20th minute when she reached above her head to deflect away a rising blast by Ball State's Kelsey Wendlandt, keeping the game scoreless. Purdue successfully cleared the ensuing corner kick.
Olsen made a sliding save on BSU's Franziska Sottner on the right edge of the six-yard box in the 84th minute, successfully extinguishing the visitors' top scoring chance of the second half.
It was a year ago -- Friday of Labor Day Weekend 2013 -- that Purdue also sat through a long lightning in a home win at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, defeating Northern Illinois, 4-1, on that night.
The Boilers close out their season-opening four-game homestand Sunday against first-time opponent SIU Edwardsville. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
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