WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Thanks to goals from Chinyelu Asher and Jordan Frick, who both recorded their first collegiate scores, Purdue women's soccer overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to salvage a 2-2 draw with Cal State Northridge in game two of the four-team Boilermaker Challenge Cup Friday evening at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
An exhibition shootout was held after the completion of overtime to determine which team would advance to play Dayton in Sunday's tournament championship. Northridge goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo made two saves in the shootout to help the Matadors win it, 3-2. Purdue (2-4-1) will take on Kansas (5-2) Sunday at 11 a.m. and the Dayton-Northridge game will follow at 1:30 p.m. Dayton (5-1) defeated Kansas, 3-1, in Friday's opener.
Asher scored in the 53rd minute off an assist from Mollie Kuramoto. The freshman's initial shot of the sequence was stopped by Jacobo but Asher stayed with the play and fired a shot into the bottom left corner from the right side of the 18-yard box.
Frick accounted for the equalizer in the 70th minute when her corner kick from the southwest corner of the field found its way inside the far (left) post. No other players made contact with the ball as it sailed over the head of Jacobo and the Northridge defenders and twisted into the goal. It was the Boilers' only second-half corner.
The Matadors (1-4-1) took an early in the third minute on Heidi Farran's third goal of the season. She lofted a shot from the right flank over the head of Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler into the left side of the net.
The Matadors also scored on their only first-half corner kick when Chloe McDaniel headed the ball into the right side of the net at point blank range.
Purdue controlled the momentum for much of the second half and first overtime. But Northridge put the pressure on the Boilers in the second OT, tallying four shots and three corners in the final 10 minutes. The Matadors put the ball in the net following a corner but a foul call on the scramble that led to the goal wiped out the 103rd-minute score.
Jacobo finished with five saves and Kridler made three. Neither goalkeeper was credited with a save in overtime. Jacobo made the top stop of the night early in the game, diving to her left to make a save on a shot by Phillips in the fifth minute.