Oct. 11, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team gave it everything they had, but unfortunately everything they had was not enough on Friday night. Minnesota scored a goal in the 109th minute to take the 1-0 double overtime victory over the Boilermakers.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch made highlight save after highlight save to keep Purdue in the match. Her total of 12 saves on the night is tied for the second most in program history with Elizabeth Boldt (Sept. 15, 2000 vs. Michigan).
Not only did Bradfisch make a number of difficult saves, but she cleared away several crosses that entered the Boilermaker zone. She literally had her box on lock-down for most of the evening.
In the 55th minute, the Carmel, Ind. native dove to her right to make a one-handed save off a quick strike from Minnesota's Molly Rouse. Just three minutes later, Rouse dribbled through the Boilermaker back line for a one-on-one situation against Bradfisch. The Purdue keeper laid out to deflect the shot and keep the match scoreless.
The Golden Gophers looked like they were going to chalk up a score in the 76th minute. It was Rouse on the attack again, but this time Bradfisch dove to her left to make a fingertip save and force the ball out of bounds. Minnesota followed with a corner, but Bradfisch leaped to intercept the pass and ended another scoring threat.
Purdue had their best scoring opportunity of the night in the 92nd minute. Senior forward Felicia Schroeder took a long pass on a break away past the Minnesota back line. As Gopher goalkeeper Lindsay Dare came out to defend, Schroeder made a left-footed attempt that looked as though it would trickle in to give the Boilermakers the win. As luck would have it, the shot bounced off the right post and dribbled out of bounds for a Minnesota goal kick.
Purdue only finished with two shots on goal, compared to 13 for Minnesota. The shot total was 19-11 in favor of the Golden Gophers. Schroeder and redshirt sophomore Katie Becker led the Boilermakers with three shots, while Becker and redshirt junior Sylvia Forbes each tallied one shot on goal.
Purdue looks to get back in the win column on Sunday at Iowa. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with a 2:00 pm start.