Oct. 2, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On a day in which quality scoring opportunities were scarce for both teams, Illinois' goal on a second-half penalty kick carried the Fighting Illini past Purdue women's soccer, 1-0, Sunday afternoon.
Illinois' Marissa Mykines was taken down from behind by Marta Lynch on the left side of the 18-yard box in the 57th minute. Vanessa DiBernardo, the Illini's leading scorer, was selected to take the penalty kick and placed her shot attempt perfectly into the bottom of left corner of the net for her 12th goal of the season. Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler had little chance to stop the shot.
The loss kept the Boilers (4-8-2, 1-3-1 Big Ten) winless (0-8) all-time in Champaign-Urbana. Purdue dropped a 1-0 final for the third time this season. Illinois (8-4-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten), meanwhile, won in 1-0 fashion for the first time this year while posting only its third shutout.
Lynch was chasing the play from behind after she was unable to intercept a pass that setup Mykines' extended run into the 18-yard box. Lynch tried to execute a slide tackle from behind to knock the ball out of bounds, but when she knocked down Mykines the referee issued a yellow card and awarded Illinois the penalty kick.
The Boilermakers were held without a corner kick opportunity for the first time since losing to Hofstra in September 2010. Purdue had a number of quality services into the 18-yard box but was unable to connect with teammates to set up many shot attempts, much less scoring chances.
Illinois' only other quality scoring chance came in the eighth minute when Niki Read hit the crossbar with a shot from about 25 yards out in the center of the field. Kridler made five saves, all of the standard variety on shots hit directly at her.
Purdue begins a three-game homestand next Sunday (Oct. 9) when it hosts Ohio State at 1 p.m. The Boilermakers are slated to wear red, white and blue uniforms for their annual special jerseys game.