BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sarah Griffith scored a second-half equalizer to help Purdue women's soccer salvage a 1-1 draw with Indiana, which allowed the Boilermakers to maintain possession of the Golden Boot traveling trophy.
Purdue (7-2-1, 2-0-1 B1G) posted a 3-1-1 record during its five-game road stretch, earning seven of the possible nine points while being one of just two Big Ten teams to play their first three conference games on the road.
The Boilermakers trailed at halftime for the first time this season. The 38 minutes and 55 seconds in which Purdue trailed Saturday was more than double the amount of time in which it trailed (17:19) over the first nine games combined.
Maddy Williams helped set up Griffith's goal for her Big Ten-leading eighth assist. It doubled as the senior's 90th career point, allowing her to tie Lauren Sesselmann's Purdue all-time record. Williams eclipsed Alex Hairston's all-time assists record in the Boilermakers' last game.
Indiana (5-4-2, 1-1-1 B1G) and Purdue played to a draw for the second year in a row. The Boilermakers have had possession of the Golden Boot since their victory in Bloomington in the 2015 season finale. In the event of a draw, possession of the trophy does not change hands.
Purdue scored its Big Ten-leading 25th goal Saturday, finding the back of the net for the 12th consecutive game dating back to the penultimate match of last season. The Boilermakers kept pace with Penn State, which was a 1-0 winner at Iowa on Friday, as the only Big Ten teams yet to be shut out this year.
Griffith dribbled past a defender 1-v-1 on a run up the flank into the 18-yard box, scoring with a shot inside the left post. It was her second goal of the season and first for the freshman in Big Ten play. She became the sixth Boilermaker with multiple goals this year. After also scoring game-winning goals in the exhibition victory at Notre Dame and home win vs. Indiana State, Griffith has scored in all three of Purdue's games against in-state rivals.
Indiana led 1-0 at the halftime break after Maya Piper scored her fifth goal of the season in the 25th minute. Piper headed the ball into the net after Mykayla Brown's header off a corner kick produced a rebound as it caromed off the crossbar.
Both freshman goalkeepers were only credited with one save apiece. Katie Luce's save was a timely one for the Boilermakers. It came only two and a half minutes before Griffith scored the equalizer. Luce made a diving stop to her left, deflecting a Piper header wide of the right post.
Brown and Griffith both hit the goal framing less than a minute apart early in the second half. Brown hit the post in the 56th minute and Griffith's shot later glanced off the top of the crossbar as it sailed high.
The teams combined for only three shots and two corner kicks in the 20 minutes of extra time.
Nine of Purdue's 11 starters logged over 100 minutes. Sarah Clark, Kylie Hase, Vanessa Korolas, Maya Lambert, Gabby LaMere, Hannah Mussallem and Griffith all went the distance among the field players. Katie Stephens logged 41 minutes to lead the reserves, starting the second half.
The Boilermakers play five of their next eight games at home, beginning Thursday vs. Illinois. The game will feature a special 6 p.m. ET kickoff for live television coverage by the Big Ten Network.
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