Oct. 31, 2012
2012 Season Stat Pack | Individual Game-by-Game
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer played well at home in its first season at the new-look Boilermaker Soccer Complex, but a rash of injuries eventually caught up to the team in October and led to disappointing finish to a 2012 campaign that began promisingly.
The Boilermakers (7-10-2, 2-8-1 Big Ten) went 6-4-2 at home to post their first winning record at their home pitch since 2009. But Purdue struggled on the road all year, earning just one win in seven games away from West Lafayette. In a season in which the schedule called for the Boilers to play six of their 11 Big Ten games on the road, their struggles away from home were enough to keep them out the Big Ten Tournament field. The one road win, a Sept. 21 overtime victory at Nebraska in its first road trip to Lincoln for Big Ten action, was Purdue's fewest since 2004.
The Boilermakers opened the year 2-0 and entered Big Ten play with a 5-2-1 mark after playing Big 12 champion West Virginia to a draw and defeating Central Michigan, the winner of the Mid-American Conference's West Division, in their final two nonconference games. During the nonconference portion of the season, Purdue rarely trailed. But as the injuries mounted during the final month of the season, the Boilers did not hold the lead at any point during their six-game losing streak to end the year.
The goal scoring also went from feast to famine. Purdue scored in nine consecutive games from Aug. 31 through Sept. 30, the longest streak since 2009. Alex Hairston gave the Boilers a halftime lead with a goal in the 21st minute of a Sept. 30 draw with Illinois. Purdue would not score again until Jordan Pawlik connected on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute of an Oct. 19 loss to Wisconsin. A shutout streak that spanned 431 consecutive minutes marked the first time the Boilers had been blanked in three straight games since 1999.
Senior captain Jessica Warren and freshman midfielder Emma Lancaster both suffered injuries in the Sept. 12 win against Central Michigan and Purdue was rarely at 100 percent the rest of the season. Warren returned to the lineup the weekend of Sept. 28-30 to help lead the Boilers to a win and a draw against Northwestern and Illinois, respectively. But she got hurt again in the Oct. 11 loss at Indiana and ended up playing in only five of the 11 Big Ten games. Purdue was 6-5-2 in the games Warren played and 1-5 in the games she missed.
Purdue also played without upperclassmen starters Shae Desmond, Jordan Frick, Marta Lynch and Hadley Stuart for portions of the Big Ten season. Frick's team-long streak of 39 consecutive games started dating back to 2010 ended when she suffered an ankle injury in the pregame warmups before the Oct. 14 loss at No. 21 Michigan. The Boilermakers used 13 different starting lineups in their 19 games. Seventeen different players started at least one game. Only freshman center back Kim Love and Hairston started all 19 games. Goalkeeper Clara Kridler, Chinyelu Asher, Melissa Casella and Taylor Niewoit were the only other players that saw action in all 19 games.
Pawlik finished her first season with the program with a team-high nine goals, the most by a Boiler since 2007. She tied a Purdue single-game record by posting the fourth hat trick in program history in the Sept. 2 win against Evansville, a team that went on to win the Missouri Valley Conference. The junior also scored in her Big Ten debut, an overtime loss at Michigan State.
Hairston led the team with eight assists, setting up seven goals in the span of four games. She had two assists in three consecutive games during that stretch. While becoming the fifth player in program history to record an assist in four consecutive games, she was the first Boiler with three multi-assist games in the same season, much less in three straight games.
Hairston also scored four goals, including the game-winner against Toledo and the golden goal in the OT win versus Eastern Illinois during the season-opening weekend at the recently-renovated Boilermaker Soccer Complex. After also scoring the lone goal in the in the 1-0 win at Toledo in 2011, she became the first player to score the game-winner in back-to-back season openers. The same player had not accounted for the Boilers' first goal in back-to-back years since 2002 and 2003.
Kate Fowee and Niewoit each scored their first collegiate goals this fall. Niewoit made the most of her four scores, giving Purdue the lead with all four. She accounted for the golden goal in the overtime win at Nebraska, helping the Boilers post their first extra-time victory on the road since 2009. She also scored the first goal of the overtime win against Eastern Illinois and had the game-winners versus Central Michigan and Northwestern.
Kridler finished the regular season as the Big Ten leader in saves (86). She started every game except the senior night contest against Penn State and has now seen action in every game the last two years. She is only the second goalkeeper in program history to record 80-plus saves in consecutive seasons.
Casella and Love were among the most consistent performers on the team despite being freshmen. Love did not leave the pitch all season, becoming the first Boiler to go the distance for an entire campaign since 2010. Casella entered the starting lineup as a defensive midfielder in time for the Aug. 31 win against Ohio Valley Conference champion Tennessee-Martin and played every minute the rest of the year.
On the first two Fridays of the season, Purdue scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart. Hairston and Stuart scored 48 seconds apart in the season-opening win, with Pawlik assisting both scores. The new school record only lasted a week. In her return to Louisville the following Friday, Pawlik scored twice in a span of 46 seconds. This time Stuart assisted on both scores.
Niewoit's game-winner in the 80th minute lifted the Boilers to a 1-0 win against Northwestern on Sept. 28, their ninth consecutive victory in the series dating back to 2005. While its longest win streak against any opponent lived on, Purdue saw its 15-game unbeaten streak versus Indiana snapped Oct. 11 in Bloomington.
The overtime loss at Louisville and the draw with West Virginia left the Boilers lamenting leads they let get away late in the game. The Louisville game Aug. 24 in Kentucky featured four goals in the first half, yet it remained tied 2-2 until the 83rd minute when Asher scored to give Purdue the lead. But the Cardinals knocked in a corner kick for an equalizer less than three minutes later and went on to win in double overtime. Two weeks later, the Boilers had WVU on the ropes late in the game, leading 2-1. The Mountaineers scored an equalizer in the 88th minute to tie the game and salvage a draw. Entering the Big East Tournament, WVU's unbeaten streak stands at 13 consecutive games.
Purdue will have to bid adieu to its four seniors, but is scheduled to return 12 players that started games this season. Additionally, all seven players that scored goals this year as well as Kridler have eligibility remaining to return for the 2013 campaign.
Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree
Big Ten Freshman of the Week
Kim Love, Sept. 3
Jordan Pawlik, Nine Goals (Most by a Boiler since 2007)
Jordan Pawlik, Hat Trick in Sept. 2 Win vs. Evansville (fourth hat trick in program history)
Kim Love, Played Every Minute of the Season (first Boiler to do so since 2010)
Clara Kridler, Finished the Regular Season as the Big Ten Leader in Saves
Alex Hairston, Seven Assists in a Four-Game Stretch (Aug. 31-Sept. 12)
9 Consecutive Games with a Goal - Team's Longest Streak since 2009
46 Seconds, Time Between Goals Scored by Jordan Pawlik in the Aug. 24 Loss at Louisville (a Program Record)
48 Seconds, Time Between Goals Scored by Alex Hairston & Hadley Stuart in the 2012 Season-Opening Win
Aug. 17 vs. Toledo
Aug. 31 vs. Tennessee-Martin
Sept. 2 vs. Evansville
Sept. 12 vs. Central Michigan
Sept. 28 vs. Northwestern
Positive Results Against Conference Champions
Aug. 31 vs. Tennessee-Martin, Won 2-0 (UTM won the Ohio Valley)
Sept. 2 vs. Evansville, Won 4-0 (UE won the Missouri Valley)
Sept. 9 vs. West Virginia, Tied 2-2 (WVU won the Big 12)
Sept. 12 vs. Central Michigan, Won 2-0 (CMU won the MAC's West Division)