Nov. 2, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Iowa's Cloe Lacasse scored both goals of the days to lift her team past Purdue women's soccer, 2-0, in the Boilermakers' season finale Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Hawkeyes (13-5-1, 5-5-1 Big Ten) clinched the No. 7 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament and kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Purdue completed its season with an 8-10-1 record (3-8-0 Big Ten), the team's most wins since 2009.
Lacasse scored in the 11th and 59th minutes, increasing her season total for goals to a team-high six. Iowa remained the only Big Ten that has not been shut out this year.
The Boilermakers successfully defended Iowa's eight corner kicks on the day, including six in the first half. The Hawkeyes enjoyed an 8-2 edge in the shot count and 6-0 advantage in corner kick chances in the opening 45 minutes. Purdue was credited with six shots on goal in the second half but Iowa goalkeeper Hannah Clark made all six saves.
The Boilermakers ended the season on a six-game losing streak. They entered the Oct. 11 home game against Nebraska with a chance to grab a share of first place in the Big Ten standings with a win. Instead, Purdue did not win again for the remainder of the season to miss out on qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament. After scoring in each of their first 13 games, the Boilers were shut out three times during the six-game losing skid. Purdue also failed to score multiple goals in a Big Ten game this season.
Seniors Jordan Frick, Clara Kridler, Jordan Pawlik and Hadley Stuart all started their final collegiate games Saturday. Purdue will have to bid adieu to the accomplished quartet but is slated to return seven starters for the 2014 campaign.