Iowa Spoils Senior Day at Folk Field
Oct. 15, 2017

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kylie Hase scored late but Purdue women's soccer was unable to overcome another two-goal deficit, falling to Iowa 2-1 Sunday at Folk Field.

After trailing for just a combined 56 minutes during their first 12 games, the Boilermakers (9-6-1, 4-4-1 B1G) have not held the lead at any point during their current four-game skid.

Purdue remains in the thick of the Big Ten Tournament chase. Entering the penultimate week of the regular season, only seven points separates fourth-place Northwestern (16 points) and Indiana/Michigan tied for 10th place (9 points). The Boilermakers (13 points) are tied for seventh place with Nebraska, three points in front of Iowa (8-6-1, 3-4-1 B1G) for the final spot in the eight-team conference tournament. Purdue has games remaining at third-place Penn State (Oct. 20) and at home vs. last-place Maryland (Oct. 25).

Iowa's Natalie Winters opened the scoring with her second goal of the season in the 26th minute. Off a long Corey Burns service into the left side of the 18-yard box, Winters headed the ball over the top of a leaping Katie Luce in goal for the Boilermakers.

Karly Stuenkel's goal in the 79th minute, her fourth of the year, proved to be the game-winner. She finished off an extended corner kick scramble inside the 18-yard box. Purdue defenders accounted for three consecutive team saves along the goal line before Stuenkel was able to thread a shot into the net.

Hase scored her fifth goal of the season in the 88th minute to extend the Boilermakers' scoring streak at home to 13 consecutive games. Hannah Melchiorre's right-to-left cross set up Hase in the heart of the 18-yard box. Hase slipped as she fired the shot, but was still able to slot the ball into the left side of the net past goalkeeper Claire Graves.

Down a goal at the half in consecutive games for the first time this year, Purdue racked up a 17-8 edge in shots in the second half. But for the day, only eight of the Boilermakers' 24 shots were put on goal. Graves made seven saves, including two in the final 10 minutes.

Luce's best saves were made in the eighth and 66 minutes. The early save was of the punch variety, leaping to deflect a rising blast from Isabella Blackman over the crossbar. Olivia Fiegel broke free on a counter down the left flank just before the midpoint of the second half. She got off an unmarked shot from the left side of the 18-yard box, but Luce made the save after coming off her line to help cut down the angle.

Of the Boilermakers' seven corner kicks, the most dangerous was in the 56th minute. Graves made saves near the right post on both Andrea Petrina and Melchiorre. Petrina's third and final shot of the sequence was blocked by an Iowa defender.

Hase's five goals are the most by a Purdue freshman since 2014. Melchiorre recorded her sixth assist, which are the most by a freshman since 2013.

Sarah Clark, Maya Lambert, Gabby LaMere, Hannah Mussallem, Maddy Williams and Hase went the distance among the Boilermakers' field players. Sarah Griffith logged 34 minutes to lead the reserves.

Friday's game at No. 13 Penn State is slated for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff.




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