ST. PAUL, Minn. - Big Ten goals leader Minnesota scored twice in the second half and also ended Purdue women's soccer's goal-scoring streak at 15 consecutive games, taking Sunday's match 2-0.
The Boilermakers (9-4-1, 4-2-1 B1G) suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season. However, they'll remain no worse than fourth place in the Big Ten standings. Purdue plays three of its final four regular-season games at home, where the team is 6-1 this season. A top-four finish in the standings would give the Boilermakers an additional home game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
Purdue's 15-game goal streak was tied for the third longest in program history. The Boilermakers were the last Big Ten team to be shut out this year. While the Gophers' 35 goals headline their strong resume (9-2-3, 5-1-1 B1G), they have also conceded the fewest number of shots in the Big Ten.
The match was scoreless at halftime, marking only Purdue's second game of the year that did not feature a first-half goal for either side.
Minnesota took the lead early in the second half. Sydney Squires scored her league-leading 13th goal of the year in the 49th minute. The sequence began with the first corner kick of the second half for either side. Squires' initial shot was blocked, but she persevered through the scramble and finished the play.
The Gophers sealed the win with a goal in the 80th minute by Juliana Gernes. She also finished off a corner kick sequence. Minnesota had a 7-2 edge in corners Sunday.
Purdue goalkeeper Katie Luce was aggressive in attacking services and other crosses played into the 18-yard box. She was credited with two saves, her best coming in the 59th minute to keep it a one-goal game.
Sarah Clark, Kylie Hase, Vanessa Korolas, Maya Lambert and Hannah Mussallem went the distance among the Boilermakers' field players. Ena Sabanagic and Katie Stephens both logged 25 minutes to lead the reserves.
Purdue returns to action Thursday when it hosts Nebraska at 7 p.m. ET.