Sept. 25, 2009
Listen: Coach Klatte Postgame Interview
MADISON, Wis. – The 15th-ranked Purdue women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Wisconsin on Friday at the McClimon Soccer Complex in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
“I thought it was a very competitive, challenging match this evening,” head coach Robert Klatte said. “We’ve worked on improving our possession, and I certainly think we did that as shown by our 22 shots created. Some of the injuries that we’ve had have certainly diminished our ability to get in behind the opponent. We gave up a goal on a set piece against a team that is looking to score goals off set pieces where they can move numbers forward. It’s something we have to continue to work on.”
The two teams headed to halftime after playing a scoreless first half. It was just the third time this season the Boilermakers did not score in the first 45 minutes. Purdue (5-2-2) held a 5-3 shot advantage and took three corner kicks compared to the Badgers’ two when the teams headed to the locker rooms.
Wisconsin (4-4-2) got on the board seven minutes into the second half. Meghan Flannery knocked a corner kick into the box that flew over the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch, who had made a diving save one play earlier to knock a shot off frame.
The Boilermakers kept pressing and were finally rewarded with the equalizer in the 77th minute. Freshman Vanessa Ibewuike took the ball down the right side of the box and crossed it to the front of the goal, where sophomore Katie Leinert was running forward. Leinert redirected the ball into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.
“Leaking that occasional goal just puts you in such a difficult position,” Klatte said. “We responded with a massive amount of urgency and had numerous attacks. Vanessa did a fantastic job of turning the corner and getting the ball back to Katie for a clinical finish to bring us back in the match. We had a couple of other looks, and we have to improve on creating good chances and finishing those chances.”
Purdue had a solid chance to end the game in regulation when a ball was sent toward the box with Ibewuike running behind three defenders. However, Ibewuike was tripped while running after the ball and the breakaway was thwarted.
Both teams had limited chances in the two overtime periods. Purdue took four shots in the first overtime, including two on goal, and one more in the second extra frame. Wisconsin was awarded a corner kick with 25 seconds left to play, but the ball was headed over the crossbar and away from danger.
The Boilermakers outshot Wisconsin 22-9 and put seven of those on goal compared to just four for the Badgers. Defenders Sylvia Forbes and Liz Secue and midfielder Lauren Montenegro played all 110 minutes for the second straight game, and Bradfisch, midfielder Alexis Tryba and defender Remi Gibba also were on the field for the entire game.
This is the sixth time in program history Purdue, which tied Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1-1 seven days ago, has played in two consecutive overtime games. The last time that happened, the Boilermakers played to a 0-0 tie at Michigan on Oct. 7, 2007 and earned a 2-1 home victory over Iowa five days later.
Purdue extended its unbeaten streak in conference openers to nine. The only time the Boilermakers were defeated in their first Big Ten game of the season was in 2000 when Michigan earned a 2-1 double-overtime win in West Lafayette. Purdue is now 9-1-1 in conference openers and 7-7-23 all-time in overtime contests.
“This was a difficult environment on a wet, slick surface on a small field against a very tough and athletic opponent,” Klatte said. “We have to do a good job now of recovering because we have a very similar opponent on Sunday. They certainly are going to bring the fight to the game, so we will have to show up for the physical battle. We will spend a lot of time recovering and talk about some areas of improvement before going forward and playing the Wildcats.”
Purdue, which had won three straight against Wisconsin, now leads the all-time series 8-3-2. Purdue wraps up its weekend road trip Sunday at Northwestern. The Boilermakers and Wildcats square off at 4:30 ET from Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill. Live results and a radio broadcast from Evanston can be found at PurdueSports.com.