Purdue Battles Undefeated Iowa To 1-1 Draw

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Jordan Frick registered her first collegiate assist with the cross that led to Alex Hairston's goal.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Jordan Frick registered her first collegiate assist with the cross that led to Alex Hairston's goal.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 25, 2011

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Alex Hairston gave Purdue women's soccer an early lead with her team-leading fifth goal of the season, but Iowa equalized 12 minutes later and the game remained deadlocked as the teams settled for a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex.

The Boilermakers (3-7-2, 0-2-1 Big Ten) closed out their eight-game homestand with a 2-4-2 record. Four of the eight games went to overtime. Meanwhile, each of the last four Purdue-Iowa games in West Lafayette has gone to overtime. However, Sunday's game was the first of the four that ended in a draw.

The Hawkeyes (9-0-2, 1-0-2 Big Ten) remained undefeated on the season, but after going 8-0 in nonconference play, two of their first three Big Ten games has ended in a draw.

Hairston scored in the 12th minute following a left-to-right cross from Jordan Frick. The cross got past Iowa goalkeeper Emily Moran, leaving Hairston alone in front of the net for a point blank tap in.

The Hawkeyes' Leah DeMoss also scored her fifth goal of the season, tying the game in the 24th minute when she scored from the heart of the 18-yard box. Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler initially got a hand on the shot but it had enough life on it to trickle over the goal line inside the right post.

Iowa shot the ball early and often throughout the game, forcing Kridler to make eight saves, which matched her season high. The Boilermakers had the wind at their backs while attacking the north goal in the second half, maintaining possession in the Iowa end of the field for extended stretches. But the Hawkeyes had all the chances in overtime, holding Purdue without a shot or corner kick.

Iowa's Alex Melin had the best chance to score a golden goal in overtime. With only 90 seconds remaining, she controlled a right-to-left cross in the heart of the 18-yard box. Despite having plenty of room to shoot, she did not hit the shot clean and it spun off her foot and bounded wide right.

Kridler made her best saves early and late in regulation. In the sixth minute, she made a sliding stop on a 1-v-1 chance for Cloe Lacasse on the right side of the 18-yard box as the two players arrived at the free ball at the same juncture.

But the game-preserving save came in the 85th minute on a rising blast by Melin from the left flank. Standing near the right post, Kridler reached up at the correct moment and snared the shot before it could sail into the top 90.

Kridler also got her fingers on a shot by Lacasse in the 33rd minute. The redirection most likely was the reason the shot caromed off the left post instead of going in the net.

Hadley Stuart had a quality scoring chance along the right flank following a left-to-right cross, missing high in the 68th minute. About three minutes later, Purdue had three corner kick chances in a span of three minutes. But a Mollie Kuramoto header that was deflected out of bounds by Iowa was the only scoring attempt to come from that stretch.

In the 77th minute, an offside call on the Hawkeyes canceled out the go-ahead goal the visitors scored following a post-corner kick scramble.

Center backs Brookley Rogers and Jessica Warren went the distance among the Boilers' field players. Shae Desmond (101), Frick (92), Lauren Montenegro (91) and Hairston (91) also logged 90-plus minutes. Alexis Tryba played 60 minutes to lead the Purdue reserves.

The Boilermakers travel to Northwestern and Illinois next weekend for their first road trip of the Big Ten season. Kickoff Friday evening in Evanston is slated for 8 p.m. (EDT).