Oct. 7, 2012
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-- Ohio State capitalized on a counterattack late in the first half, advancing the ball all the way up the field after a corner kick was headed away, and the score proved to be the only goal of the game as Purdue women's soccer lost 1-0 Sunday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (7-5-2, 2-3-1 Big Ten) were shutout for only the second time this season, both games ending in 1-0 finals. Purdue's streak of nine consecutive games with a goal was snapped Sunday. It had been the team's longest streak since 2009.
The Buckeyes' Tiffany Cameron scored her 10th goal of the year in the 41st minute. Kenzie Schlemitz headed away the Purdue corner kick that was played in from the northwest corner. The header caromed out to the flank where Cameron gained possession. She dribbled the ball all the way up the field with Kim Love providing pressure. After dribbling into the right side of the 18-yard box, Cameron was able to create space to shoot and her ground shot got underneath Clara Kridler as she began to dive to go for the save.
Cameron has accounted for 10 of OSU's 15 goals this season. The senior from Canada has scored the game-winning goal in seven of the eight victories for the Buckeyes (8-4-1, 3-2-1 Big Ten).
Kridler made a number of quality saves on the way to finishing with seven on the day. But Purdue was unable to create many scoring chances, finishing the game with just two shots on goal among its 11 shots. A scramble on the edge of the six-yard box early in the second half in which both Hadley Stuart and Jordan Pawlik had touches was among the most notable flurries of the day offensively.
In the 67th minute, Purdue created a corner kick opportunity followed by a set piece chance from 30 yards out in the center of the field. But OSU successfully defended both plays, blocking Jessica Warren's shot on the free kick.
Kridler's best save of the day actually came on the game's first shot. She jumped to get a hand on a rising blast off the foot of Michela Paradiso and deflect the shot over the crossbar in the seventh minute. Ohio State had two corner kick opportunities over the next minute but the Boilers successfully defended both.
Kridler made a diving stop to her right of a shot by Cameron in the 13th minute. In the second half, Kridler got a piece of a shot by Cameron from the right flank, deflecting the ball off the left post. About 10 minutes later, the goalkeeper made a nice jumping save near the right post and was in good position moments later to snare a header off a well-designed OSU set piece.
Melissa Casella, Alex Hairston, Jessica Warren, Love and Stuart went the distance among the Purdue field players. Shae Desmond logged 56 minutes off the bench to lead the reserves.
The Boilermakers return to action for Thursday's annual Golden Boot rivalry game at Indiana. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. in Bloomington and the game is scheduled to be televised live by the Big Ten Network.