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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Shauna Stapleton's corner kick goal in the 39th minute was all Purdue needed to beat Ohio State Friday at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Shauna Stapleton's corner kick goal in the 39th minute was all Purdue needed to beat Ohio State Friday at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 25 Purdue won its Big Ten opener against Ohio State, 1-0, Friday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Junior Shauna Stapleton bounced her corner kick off the far post in the 39th minute for the match's lone goal.

The win raised Purdue's record to 8-1-2 (1-0 Big Ten), while Ohio State's record dropped to 4-3-1 (0-1 Big Ten).

The Buckeyes launched 18 shots, including 12 in the second half, but the Purdue defense did enough to make sure Stapleton's goal would be enough.

"This was a great battle between two equal teams and we're blessed to leave the field with a victory," said head coach Rob Klatte.

Senior goalkeeper Lauren Mason made six saves, including five off shots taken by OSU midfielder Lara Dickenmann. The senior goalkeeper tipped Dickenmann's free kick over the top of the net and again robbed her at the near post on a tight diagonal.

Center back Kira Bilecky also had an outstanding match although she compiled just 52 minutes due to suffering a gash on her right arm. Bilecky collided with Buckeye Ali Schwach early in the first half, knocking Schwach out of the match. Bilecky had to have her right arm stitched up before coming back on the field early in the second half.

As OSU continutally applied the pressure in the second half, Bilecky came though with a pair of clearances off corner kicks. She also was part of a defensive effort that blocked seven shots.

Ohio State thought it tied the match at 1-1, but their goal off a direct free kick was called back because of an offsides penalty.

The Buckeyes were presented with another golden opportunity in the match's final minute, receiving an indirect free kick at the top of the 18-yard line. The kick sailed right into the Boilermakers' defensive wall, and the ensuing corner kick was cleared out by Sylvia Forbes.

 

 

Christy Riggle made a clutch save midway through the first half, bouncing back a header shot at the far post for a team save.

"I applaud Ohio State for taking risks and pushing forward with their attack," said Klatte. "It was 'all hands on deck' in those last 15 minutes as they did everything they could to get back in the game. They really tired us out."

Like the Buckeyes', the Boilermakers were given chances to pad their lead but had trouble getting the ball through a tight defensive alignment. There were also a few occasions when the shots took bad bounces off the posts.

Today's match marked the first time the Boilermakers and Buckeyes met in a conference opener. Since joining the conference in 1999, Purdue is an impressive 6-2 in Big Ten lid lifters.

The Boilermakers' next match is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., playing host to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.