WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Big Ten goals leader Taylor Uhl scored the first and final goals of the day en route to posting a hat trick, leading Minnesota past Purdue women's soccer, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
The loss eliminated the Boilers (7-9-2, 2-7-1 Big Ten) from Big Ten Tournament contention. They will close out their 2012 campaign with a home game against No. 4 Penn State Friday evening. The Golden Gophers (10-7-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) clinched a Big Ten Tournament berth with the win.
Purdue wore white uniforms featuring blue jigsaw puzzle pieces on the jerseys and socks for the annual special jerseys game Sunday. Autism awareness was the cause this season. A silent auction for the jerseys was held during the game and the proceeds will be donated to the Autism Society of Indiana. The John Purdue Club also hosted a special rededication ceremony and pregame social for the new-look Boilermaker Soccer Complex Sunday morning.
Jordan Pawlik scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season for Purdue, but it came in the 62nd minute with Minnesota leading 3-0. The junior scored in both games this weekend to record a goal in consecutive games for the first time this season. She joined Alex Hairston as Boilers to accomplish the feat in 2012.
Uhl posted her third hat trick of the season to increase her Big Ten-leading goal total to 19. The sophomore recorded only the third hat trick by a visiting player in the history of the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. But including Purdue players, it was the second hat trick at the Boilers' home pitch this season and the fifth in the last two years.
Uhl scored in the 15th, 49th and 86th minutes. Yana Lyon initially denied the striker a hat trick completing goal in the 84th minute with a point blank save on Uhl's breakaway attempt.
Katie Thyken also scored twice for Minnesota, heading in a corner kick in the 29th minute and finding the back of the net again in 74th minute.
Uhl's first goal was scored on a penalty kick after Tamara Strahota was taken down in the top right corner of the 18-yard box by Makaela Nellams. Hadley Stuart later created a penalty kick chance for the Boilermakers. Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill made the initial save on Pawlik's penalty kick shot, but Pawlik stayed with the play, corralled the rebound and buried a shot inside the right post for an easy putback goal.
Purdue also hit the goal framing twice. Pawlik's chip shot from the top of the 18-yard box in the 23rd minute hit off the crossbar where it joins with the right post, caroming out of bounds. In the 60th minute, Stuart nearly took advantage of Parkhill being out of position, hitting the right post with a long shot from about 35 yards out.
Clara Kridler made nine saves in 73 minutes, tying her career high, before giving way to Lyon for the second game in a row. Kridler had a diving save to her left on Uhl's first shot of the game in the second minute and made another quality save near the right post in the final minute of the first half. The goalkeeper had at least two more diving saves in the second half. Minnesota was on target with 16 of its 21 shots.
Parkhill's best save came in the 12th minute, stopping a point blank shot from Pawlik on the left side of the 18-yard box.
Stuart was able to play significant minutes for the first time since the Oct. 7 loss at Ohio State. She did not start but entered the game in the 15th minute and played the rest of the game. But Purdue was still without starting defenders Jessica Warren and Jordan Frick due to injuries. Melissa Casella, Tayler Francel, Kim Love, Taylor Niewoit and Nellams went the distance on this day.
The nine goals allowed by the Boilers this weekend in the losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota were their most surrendered in consecutive games since also giving up nine in the final two games of 2010.
The senior recognition ceremony honoring Purdue's four seniors - Marta Lynch, Francel, Lyon and Warren - for their contributions to the program will be held prior to Friday's 7 p.m. kickoff against Penn State.