Sept. 8, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior midfielder Shauna Stapleton scored a pair of goals off two set plays, leading Purdue to a 3-1 win over Washington Friday night at Husky Soccer Field. The victory improved Purdue's record to 2-1-1 while the Huskies dropped to 0-3.
Stapleton's goals were her first and second of the season and the sixth and seventh of her career. Her multi-goal effort tied a Purdue record for most goals in one half with six other Boilermakers. She's also the 10th Purdue player in program history to net two goals in one match.
Stapleton's first score came off a 35-yard free kick in the 18th minute and tied the game at 1-1. The Springfield, Ohio, native was supposed to serve the ball far post to one of her teammates, but instead hit it on frame.
Washington goalkeeper Taylor Carr backpedaled to make a catch, but the ball instead slipped off her fingertips and into the base of the goal.
Stapleton gave Purdue the lead for good in the 31st minute by hooking in a corner kick just inside the far right post, invoking memories of former Boilermaker midfielder Kim Comisar. Stapleton scored in similar fashion last season against Ohio State as she banked her corner off the far post in the 39th minute.
Loredana Riverso netted Purdue's third and final goal of the match in the 88th minute off an assist from newcomer Felicia Schroeder. The Boilermakers were attempting to kill the clock this late in the match, but were presented an insurance goal opportunity after catching Carr out of position inside the 18-yard box.
The goal was Riverso's first of the season and second of her career.
Washington controlled the game early and grabbed the lead in the 13th minute after Dani Bridges slipped a Vernonica Perez-Murillo assist inside the left post from eight yards away.
The remaining 77 minutes belonged to Purdue.
"We came out slow, but worked hard over the last 80 minutes," said head coach Rob Klatte. "Every kid ran hard every minute they were out there. And they had to. Washington possessed good pressure up front and were determined to fight for their lives. That was a very talented Husky team; they are probably one of the best one-touch teams we'll see this year."
Washington recorded five more shots after Bridge's goal, but only one was on target, as Purdue goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch finished the match with just two saves.
Klatte applauded his defense's performance. He praised the consistency of freshman Jessica Stellhorn in her first career start as well as Zarinah Blockton's toughness.
Parrissa Eyorokon also played an important role on defense, subbing for an injured Jordyn Shaffer in the second half.
"P was simply fantastic," said Klatte. "She closed spaces and defended incredibly well."
Shaffer started the match at defensive midfield, but played sparingly in the second half, finishing with 60 minutes. Klatte said he'd rest Shaffer during Saturday's practice and list her as questionable for Sunday's game with No. 1 Portland.
Klatte's strategy for the Pilots is simple: work hard and hold onto the ball.
"The question I ask of them is, 'do you want to fight a battle?' - do you want to do the work," said Klatte. "We have to outwork them in order to have a chance to win."
Purdue and Portland kick off Sunday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live over the world wide web at purduesports.com.