Two Goals in Less Than a Minute Propel Purdue to Victory
August 18, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
PURDUE SPORTS INFORMATION
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Goals from Alex Hairston and Hadley Stuartless than a minute apart in the second half lifted Purdue women's soccer to a 2-0 season-opening win against Toledo Friday evening in the first game at the new-look Varsity Soccer Complex.
Jordan Pawlikassisted on both goals, which were scored 48 seconds apart in similar spots in the heart of the 18-yard box. The 48 seconds elapsed represents the shortest amount of time between goals in program history.
The Boilermakers (1-0) shut out Toledo in a season opener for the second year in a row. Hairston scored the only goal of the game in last season's 1-0 win in Northwest Ohio. She's the first player in program history to account for a game-winning goal in back-to-back season openers, as well as the first player to score in the first game of consecutive seasons since Annette Kentscored in four straight from 2000-03.
Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler made three nice defensive plays in the first half to assure the game was still scoreless at the break. She made a pair of point blank saves as well as a sliding stop of another loose ball with a Toledo player right on top of the play. Kridler made a 1-v-1 save versus UT's leading scorer from a year ago, Rachel MacLeod, near the right post in the 12th minute. In the 35th minute, Kridler was quick to react to a flicked corner kick, preventing a goal by Rio James.