Sept. 12, 2007
By David Brienza
Purdue sports information student assistant
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind - No. 22 Purdue attained the 100th victory in program history Wednesday at the Varsity Soccer Complex following its 3-0 win over Valparaiso. The Boilermakers scored all three goals in the second half as they extended their season-long winning streak to four games.
Shauna Stapleton, who scored three goals in the Boilermakers' two road victories last weekend, delivered the game-winner on a penalty kick taken 59 seconds into the second half. The Springfield, Ohio, native has now scored in three-consecutive matches, increasing her season point total to nine (4 goals, 1 assist).
Forwards Loredana Riverso and Sylvia Forbes provided insurance goals, and the defense limited Valpo to just five shots, as the Boilermakers improved to 4-1-1 while the Crusaders fell to 3-2.
Purdue, back in the top 25 after its impressive showing in Seattle, came out aggressively in the first half, taking 11 shots and forcing five corner kick opportunities. However, despite the frequent opportunities, the Boilermakers could not break through against Valpo goalkeeper Erin Murray.
Purdue's first great chance occurred in the 11th minute when Forbes' shot from 20 yards out was tipped off the crossbar by Murray, who finished the match with 12 saves. Murray tracked Forbes' shot to the goalline and timed her leap perfectly to prevent the ball from going over her head.
Murray was quickly exposed in the second half as a result of an over aggressive teammate, who fouled Parrissa Eyorokon as she broke towards the net.
The tripping foul presented Purdue with its first penalty kick opportunity of the season. Stapleton blasted the ball just to the right of center past a diving Murray.
Purdue head coach Rob Klatte said getting on the board relieved some of the pressure and allowed the Boilermakers to play their game.
"I think we felt the pressure a little in the first half since they (Valpo) were playing with five defenders." said Klatte. "After not scoring in the first, being able to come out and get that goal took the pressure off us and put it back on them. We really got into our rhythm during the second half."
The Boilermakers were an offensive machine in the second half, placing nine of 15 shots (60 percent) on goal. Purdue launched 26 shots overall, with 15 of them on target.
For Klatte, finding that rhythm today could have an impact on the entire season.
"I told the players before the game that if you want to reach the NCAA Final Four, you have to treat each one of these games as a step," said Klatte. "Today was one of those games that gets you to the NCAA tournament. If you want to play in December you have to do the work."
Following the PK, Purdue did not have to wait long to score again.
Riverso blasted back her own rebound in the 54th minute past Murray, who was guarding the near post. Riverso received a cross from Forbes on the right side, but had her first attempt blocked by the Valpo goalkeeper.
The ball slipped out of Murray's reach, which allowed Riverso to take advantage of the second chance-opportunity and net her second goal of the year.
Forbes, who led Purdue with a season high six shots (four on goal), scored a goal of her own in the 89th minute to seal the victory. The Whitby, Ontario native's first goal of the season was assisted by Stapleton, who one-timed her pass into Forbes from the right side.
Purdue played one of its finest matches on defense. Valpo was limited to only two shots on goal as the Boilermakers recorded their second-consecutive shutout and third in six matches.
Jenny Bradfisch and Carianne Betts combined for the shutout. Betts played the final five minutes and made her first career save.
The defensive line remained stable despite the absence of Zarinah Blockton, who missed the match because of Sunday's red card. Kira Bilecky and Christy Riggle anchored the d-line from the center back position and were joined by freshman Jessica Stellhorn and senior Kristin Hetzel.
Purdue continues its season-long seven-match homestand Friday at 5 p.m. against Morehead State. A live webcast of the game can be heard via purduesports.com.
Three of Shauna Stapleton's four goals has served as game-winners ... Stapleton is one goal shy of matching her career goal total coming into this season ... goalkeeper Carianne Betts made her collegiate regular season debut, playing the last 5:32 in place of starter Jenny Bradfisch ... with six shots and four on goal, Sylvia Forbes set a pair of team highs for this season; her goal in the 89th minute was her first of the year and first since Nov. of 2006, when she struck the game-winner in overtime against Ohio State ... Purdue's 15 shots on goal were two short of tying the team record of 17, set in 2000 against DePaul ... Valpo's Erin Murray's 12 saves were one short of DePaul's Kelly Kaiser's Purdue opponent record for most saves in a match with 13, set Oct. 9, 1998 ... Purdue improved to 3-0 all-time vs. Valparaiso and to 8-2-1 against teams from the Horizon League.