Counterattacks Burn Boilers in One-Sided Defeat at Wisconsin

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Alexis Tryba & Alex Hairston
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Alexis Tryba & Alex Hairston
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 21, 2011

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MADISON, Wis. - With three first-half goals, Wisconsin had already reached a season high at halftime, scoring twice on counterattacks after Purdue women's soccer failed to capitalize on chances of its own. The Badgers went on to win, 5-1, Friday evening to snap the Boilers' five-game unbeaten streak in the series.

Kellie Phillips bent in a corner kick from the northeast corner in the 65th minute for her team-leading seventh goal of the season. She scored for the fourth game in a row and for the seventh time in the last six games. But UW answered with two more goals late in the game.

Wisconsin (9-5-3, 4-2-3 Big Ten) scored in the 12th, 27th and 45th minutes to deal Purdue (6-10-2, 3-5-1 Big Ten) its largest halftime deficit of the season. The first and third goals were particularly frustrating for the Boilers because they were scored by UW only moments after they failed to finish on the opposite end of the field.

An extended scramble near the left post following a corner kick in the 12th minute failed to lead to a goal for Purdue even though the ball was loose in the six-yard box for what seemed like five to 10 seconds. The Badgers went down the field and Monica Lam-Feist finished off a give-and-go in the heart of the 18-yard box. An extra pass from Julia Roddar set up the easy chance into the right side of the net. Roddar smartly centered the ball back to her teammate instead of shooting with the space open to her on the right flank.

Paige Adams later scored on a header in the final minute of the first half after Shae Desmond missed wide left on a semi-breakaway on the other end of the field.

Roddar also scored her first collegiate goal in the 27th minute, and UW received second-half scores from Alev Kelter and Laurie Nosbusch.

Center back Alexis Tryba was the lone Purdue player to go the distance.

Phillips is the fourth player in program history to score in four or more consecutive games, including the first since 2007. She has now scored 19 goals during her Purdue career.

The Boilermakers' season-high five goals against were their most surrendered since giving up six in an October 2010 loss to Penn State. Purdue suffered its first loss to the Badgers since the 2005 Big Ten Tournament.

The Boilermakers return to action Sunday at Minnesota for what sets up as essentially a must win if they are to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in St. Paul.