Shutout Loss Ends Purdue's Unbeaten Streak vs Indiana

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Melissa Casella went the distance for the 11th consecutive game.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Melissa Casella went the distance for the 11th consecutive game.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 11, 2012

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana scored three times in a span of 20 ½ minutes in the first half to defeat Purdue women's soccer 3-0 Thursday evening, ending the Boilermakers' 15-game unbeaten streak in the series in the process.

The Hoosiers (7-7-1, 2-5-0 Big Ten) posted their first win against Purdue (7-6-2, 2-4-1 Big Ten) since the inaugural meeting in 1999. Indiana also gained possession of the Golden Boot traveling trophy for the first time since it was introduced to the series in 2002.

The Boilermakers were shutout for the second game in a row and have now been held without a goal for 269 minutes of game action since Alex Hairston scored in the 21st minute of the Sept. 30 draw with Illinois.

The Hoosiers scored in the 10th, 25th and 31st minutes. Abby Smith opened the scoring with a shot over the head of Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler and into the top half of the net. Orianica Velasquez accounted for the final two scores. She finished a point blank opportunity after some nifty passing by IU in the six-yard box. She was later selected to take a penalty kick and converted with a shot into the top left corner of the net.

The Boilermakers had the first two shots of the game. Shae Desmond forced Indiana goalkeeper Sarah Stone to make a save in the opening minute. About 30 seconds later, Makaela Nellams advanced the ball a lengthy distance up the right flank and got off a good shot from the edge of the 18-yard box, but missed just wide of the left post.

Both teams also hit the right post. Rebecca Candler banged a shot off the post with IU's first shot of the game in the eighth minute. Desmond's corner kick in the 73rd minute also hit the post but it caromed out into the field of play and the Hoosiers successfully cleared the ball.

Purdue played without forward Hadley Stuart, who was a late scratch due to injury after entering the day as one of five players that had started each of the first 14 games. The Boilermakers successfully possessed the ball and connected passes, but were unable to generate quality scoring chances for long stretches throughout the night. Even when Purdue get the opportunity to fire some shots on goal with some pace behind them, Stone was in position to make the saves. Hairston (21st minute) and Jordan Pawlik (30th minute) each challenged the redshirt-freshman goalkeeper with such shots in the first half.

Kridler made the best save of the night in the 65th minute when she dove to her right to deflect a diagonal shot off the foot of Velasquez wide of the left post.

There were an inordinate number of offsides called in the game, with the two teams combining for 14.

Melissa Casella, Jordan Frick, Kim Love, Hairston and Pawlik went the distance among the Purdue field players. Tayler Francel logged 71 minutes to lead the reserves. With Stuart sidelined for the first time, the Boilers used their 10th different starting lineup in 15 games this season.

Purdue returns to action Sunday for a 2 p.m. game at Michigan.