WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In a game that featured six goals, Wisconsin's two scores in less than a minute late in the first half proved to be the difference in the Badgers' 4-2 victory against Purdue women's soccer Friday evening at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
Jordan Pawlik and Kate Fowee scored second-half goals to snap the Boilers' three-game scoring drought. Pawlik converted on a penalty kick opportunity in the 73rd minute for her team-leading eighth goal of the season, ending the team's streak of 431 consecutive minutes without a goal. Fowee capped the scoring in the 88th minute to become the first Purdue freshman to find the back of the net this season.
Cara Walls and Monica Lam-Feist each scored twice for Wisconsin (11-5-1, 4-4-1 Big Ten). In the 39th minute, Wells headed in a corner kick and only 27 seconds later Lam-Feist scored with a shot into the bottom left corner of the net after a slot pass from Kodee Williams setup the unmarked shooting chance.
Lam-Feist's goal in the 48th minute allowed the Badgers to extend their lead early in the second half.
Purdue head coach Robert Klatte felt his team played a strong first half despite going to the locker room down 2-0. Wisconsin survived an early offensive flurry by the Boilers (7-8-2, 2-6-1 Big Ten) and it helped change the arc of the game. Over a two-minute stretch beginning in the eighth minute, Pawlik nearly scored twice and Purdue had four corner kick opportunities. Pawlik's shot from the left flank that missed wide right by just a few feet began the sequence.
Following the second of the four corner kicks, UW goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson made the best save of the game when she deflected away a shot off the foot of Pawlik that was bound for the top 90 of the right side of the net.
Eighteen minutes later, the Badgers put together an offensive flurry of their own on the opposite side of the field. Clara Kridler made an initial save on a point-blank shot from Lam-Feist, who then hit the crossbar with her follow up. Walls' subsequent header sailed high, but the Badgers' leading scorer was able to head in the ensuing corner kick near the left post.
Lam-Feist took down Taylor Niewoit in the 18-yard box, prompting the referee to award Purdue its third penalty kick opportunity of the season. After seeing the goalkeeper make the save in her first PK attempt of the season in the Sept. 9 draw with West Virginia, Pawlik converted this time with a shot into the left side of the net.
Kim Love helped setup Fowee's goal, which was scored with a chip shot over Gunderson's head from the right side of the 18-yard box.
Purdue's starting lineup was once again impacted by injuries, as regular starters Jordan Frick, Hadley Stuart and Jessica Warren were sidelined Friday. Melissa Casella, Makaela Nellams and Love went the distance for the Boilers. Klatte highlighted Nellams after the game as one of the team's top performers on the night. The freshman started at outside back but later moved to an attacking role as Purdue chased goals in the second half. Yana Lyon replaced Kridler in goal and played the final 36 minutes to lead the reserves.
The four goals against were the most Purdue had surrendered at home since giving up six to Penn State on Halloween of 2010.
The Boilermakers host Minnesota Sunday and will need a win to remain alive in the Big Ten Tournament chase. It will be the annual special jerseys game with Purdue wearing white uniforms that feature blue jigsaw puzzle pieces to highlight autism awareness.