WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A snowman on the scoreboard on a rainy night at the Varsity Soccer Complex allowed Purdue women's soccer to retain the Golden Boot. Led by a hat trick from Kellie Phillips, the Boilers tied a program record with eight goals in an 8-2 blowout win against rival Indiana Thursday evening.
Phillips posted the third hat trick in program history and the first since 2007, scoring in the 33rd, 58th and 87th minutes. Chinyelu Asher also played a role in three goals, scoring twice and assisting on the opening goal of the night from Mollie Kuramoto.
Lauren Montenegro and Hadley Stuart also scored for the Boilers. Jordan Frick assisted on Phillips' first goal as well as Montenegro's score, posting the third multi-assist effort by a Purdue player this season. Montenegro and Phillips joined Asher with at least one goal and one assist.
Thanks to its extended unbeaten streak against IU, Purdue has had possession of the Golden Boot traveling trophy since it was introduced to the series in 2002. The Boilermakers' eight goals represent a team record in Big Ten play, surpassing the seven scores they registered in a 2007 victory against Indiana.
Kuramoto's goal on a breakaway in the 28th minute was the first of four Purdue scores in a span of 10 and a half minutes. Suddenly, a game that was evenly played for its opening third, was a one-side affair at halftime.
The Boilermakers countered an Indiana corner kick to take the lead on Kuramoto's first collegiate goal. Asher setup the breakaway with a long lead pass to Kuramoto along the right flank. The sophomore dribbled into the 18-yard box and even though IU goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell got a hand on the shot, the ball found its way into the left side of the net.
Montenegro scored her second goal of the year, and eighth career, only two minutes and 31 seconds later. Frick served in a free kick from the east sideline and Montenegro used a lunging one-touch to deflect the ball inside the left post.
Purdue kept the pressure on and made it three scores in a span of four minutes and 42 seconds when Phillips finished off a corner kick in the 33rd minute. Frick played the ball in from the northeast corner and it was initially headed down by Alex Hairston. Phillips had her back to the goal when she flicked the ball over her head and into the net.
Asher's first goal was the most impressive of the eight. In the 39th minute, she dribbled into open space in the middle of the field about 25 yards from the net. She blasted a wicked bending shot that soared into the top right 90 for her second goal of the season.
Both teams scored on a second-half penalty kick. Phillips was selected to take Purdue's PK in the 58th minute after Asher was taken down to create the opportunity. Shannon Flower had taken over in goal for IU at halftime. The goalkeeper guessed correctly, diving to her right to get in front of the shot. But the ball got through Flower and into the left side of the net.
Asher scored her second goal of the night in the 67th minute, capitalizing on a rebound after Phillips' initial shot of the sequence was blocked by an IU defender. Phillips was credited with her 20th career assist on the Boilers' sixth goal of the night.
Indiana had scored twice to make it a 6-2 game when Purdue scored two more goals in the game's final three-plus minutes. Phillips completed her hat trick in the 87th minute off an assist from Devon Beckwith, taking an advantage of an extended scramble in the heart of the 18-yard box by chipping a shot over the head of Flower, who was injured on the play.
Stuart capped the scoring in the 89th minute when she corralled the rebound of Montenegro's shot off the left post. From an acute angle along the left endline, Stuart's shot hit the side netting of the inner right wall of the net. It was her third goal of the season.
Purdue goalkeepers Clara Kridler and Yana Lyon both saw action in the win. Kridler made all three of her saves in the first half. Lyon had taken over in net when Oriancia Velasquez scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
Marta Lynch, Alexis Tryba and Kuramoto went the distance for the Boilers. Defender Brookley Rogers left the field in the second half for the first time since November 2009. Shae Desmond logged 41 minutes to lead the reserves.
Phillips has scored each of her five goals this season in the last four games. With 17 career goals, she has moved into seventh place on the Purdue all-time list.
The Boilermakers close out their home schedule Sunday against Michigan. For the annual senior recognition day, eight seniors will be recognized prior to kickoff for their contributions to the program.