Sept. 26, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The teams entered the night having both scored 27 goals this season, but it was No. 8 Penn State that proved to be the much more dynamic offensive side en route to defeating Purdue women's soccer, 6-1, Thursday evening.
Maddie Williams scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and goalkeeper Clara Kridler made her 200th career save in the loss for the Boilermakers (5-4-1, 0-2-0 Big Ten).
Williams scored an equalizer in the 16th minute off a double assist from Alex Hairston and Jordan Pawlik. It was Purdue's first goal against Penn State (8-1-1, 2-0-0 Big Ten) since the opening minute of the 2010 meeting in West Lafayette and its first goal vs. the Nittany Lions at Jeffrey Field since 2005.
Penn State regained the lead in the 38th minute when it capitalized on the fourth of its five first-half corner kicks. Kori Chapic finished off the opportunity for what proved to be the game-winner as well as the first of five unanswered goals by the home side. The Nittany Lions moved into the Big Ten lead with 33 goals this year. The six goals against were the most allowed by Purdue since also surrendering six to PSU in a Halloween 2010 loss at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
Kridler finished with a season-high six saves, all in the first half. She became the fourth Purdue goalkeeper to reach the 200 career saves benchmark and made a number of good saves on the move near the posts to help keep Purdue in the game throughout the first half. An own goal against the Boilers in the final seconds before the halftime break made it a 3-1 game after the opening 45 minutes.
Hairston helped setup Williams' goal with a right-to-left cross that found the feet of Pawlik near the right post. A nice one-touch flick with the back of her foot allowed Pawlik to setup a good scoring chance for Williams and the freshman buried the shot from the heart of the 18-yard box.
Purdue managed to score for the 10th consecutive game, the team's longest streak since scoring in the first 12 of the 2009 campaign. Hairston saw her goal-scoring streak end one shy of the program record at four straight games, but the junior has managed to record a point in nine of the first 10 games this year.
Raquel Rodriguez and Maya Hayes each had a goal and assist for Penn State. Hayes scored her Big Ten-leading 11th goal of the season in the 63rd minute. Tani Costa and Kindrah Kohne also found the back of the net for the Nittany Lions.
Purdue returns to action Sunday for a 1 p.m. road game at Ohio State.