Sept. 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Alex Hairston scored only 31 seconds after kickoff, the quickest goal for Purdue women's soccer since 2010, and the early lead held up for a 1-0 victory at Ohio State Sunday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (6-4-1, 1-2-0 Big Ten) posted their first shutout victory on the road since the 2011 season opener and their first at Big Ten opponent since September 2008. Purdue also snapped the Buckeyes' 12-game (10-0-2) unbeaten streak against Big Ten opponents that dated back to September 2012. Ohio State (7-2-1, 1-1-1 Big Ten) had not lost any game at home since September 2012 as well.
Hairston scored for the fifth time in the last six games, her sixth goal of the season and team-leading 16th career. It was the program's quickest goal to begin a game since Kaitlyn Blacha found the back of the 21 seconds after the opening kickoff of a Halloween 2010 home game against Penn State. Hairston scored the Boilers' first goal in Columbus since 2007, the same year in which they were last victorious in the capital of Ohio. Purdue has managed to score in each of the first 11 games of the season.
Goalkeeper Clara Kridler, one of five Ohio natives in the starting lineup, made two of her three saves in the final seven minutes to preserve her seventh career solo shutout. Fellow Columbus-area native Melissa Casella also went the distance at her defensive midfielder position. Center backs Kim Love and Mikayla Lasky were on the field throughout as the Boilers limited OSU to just three shots on goal.
Maddy Williams setup Hairston's goal with a through ball to the right side of the 18-yard box. Hairston gained possession of the pass, dribbled around OSU goalkeeper Jillian McVicker and scored into a wide open net. McVicker made her first start of the season Sunday after playing the second half of each of the first 10 games as part of a goalkeeper platoon with Rachel Middleman.
In the final seconds of the 83rd minute, Kridler made a sliding save in the heart of the 18-yard box on a one touch shot by OSU's Michela Paradiso after Danica Wu chipped the ball into the scoring area. About three minutes later, Kridler made a diving save to her left after Paradiso emerged from a scrum of players with a shot from the left side of the six-yard box.
After surrendering but successfully clearing away six first-half corner kick chances, the Boilers did not give up another corner in the final 45 minutes. Lasky was able to clear the ball off the end line on multiple occasions, conceding throw-ins instead of corner kicks.
Jordan Pawlik and Hairston both challenged McVicker with shots in the span of 80 seconds early in the second half. Pawlik had a long run up the right flank with the ball at her feet and forced McVicker to make a save. Hairston came through the middle of the pitch not long after, winning a 1-v-1 battle with the last OSU defender and forcing McVicker to make a save above her head.
Wu hit the crossbar with a shot in the 40th minute for Ohio State.
Along with Casella, Lasky and Love, Hadley Stuart also went the distance among the Purdue field players. Jordan Frick logged 66 minutes at outside back to lead the reserves, playing the rest of the game after coming on in the 27th minute.
The Boilermakers posted their first road win in regulation since October 2011 at Minnesota. Purdue's two positive road results since had been overtime victories.
The Boilermakers play five of their next seven games at home, beginning Friday with a 7 p.m. game against Illinois.