Purdue Drops Preseason Exhibition with Louisville in Overtime
August 21, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Maddy Williams capitalized on a corner kick opportunity in the third minute to give Purdue women's soccer an early lead, but Louisville equalized in the final minute of the first half and went on to win in overtime, 2-1, in a preseason exhibition Saturday afternoon at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
Both teams kickoff their regular seasons at home Friday. Purdue hosts Akron at 7 p.m. in game two of the 12th edition of the four-team Boilermaker Challenge Cup. North Dakota and Xavier are also participating in the tournament.
Louisville's Charlyn Corral, who helped Team Mexico win silver at the World University Games this summer, converted on a point blank chance in the heart of the six-yard box in the 94th minute to send her team back to Kentucky a winner. A short right-to-left pass setup the excellent scoring chance.
Williams and center back Holly Gregory both started the exhibition game Saturday as freshmen. Purdue created two early corner kicks, the second leading to an extended scramble in front of the net. Williams gained possession of the ball on the right side of the goal and blasted a shot off the right post that deflected into the net. The score came only two minutes and 34 seconds after the opening kickoff and was assisted by Jordan Frick, who played in the initial corner kick.
Louisville's Christine Exeter provided the equalizer with 27 seconds remaining in the first half, taking advantage of Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler's aggressiveness with a well-placed shot from 40 yards out. Kridler was at the top of the 18-yard box when Exeter opted to shoot instead of trying to advance the ball further up the field. The shot found itself inside the left post to even the score.
The Boilermakers enjoyed an advantage in possession and had more quality scoring chances throughout the first half. Action was more back and forth in the second half, with Louisville creating more opportunities.
Kridler finished with eight saves, six coming in the second half. Louisville's Kari Weinland also hit the crossbar with a shot from 25 yards out on the right flank in the 54th minute.
Kridler's best save of the day came in the 79th minute, diving to her right to snare a shot by Corral fired from the heart of the 18-yard box. The senior also made quality saves in the 68th and 70th minutes on shots by Corral.
The top saves by Louisville goalkeeper Paige Brown came in the 17th and 82nd minutes. Jordan Pawlik hit a nice bending shot from the right flank on the edge of the 18-yard box in the 17th minute. Brown moved to her right and kept the ball out of the top left 90 of the net. Her save on Hadley Stuart's shot late in regulation was a punch save that deflected a rising blast over the crossbar.
After leading the Boilers with nine goals last season, Pawlik saw action Saturday as an outside back that was encouraged to press forward when offensive opportunities developed. Williams started at the striker position at the top of the Purdue attack.
As they did for much of their freshman seasons of 2012, Melissa Casella and Kim Love went the distance at their defensive midfielder and center back positions, respectively.
Mollie Kuramoto returned to the pitch for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. The redshirt-junior missed all of the 2012 campaign after suffering a knee injury in the spring of that year. She started at center mid and logged 66 minutes.
Soraya Toppin-Herbert logged 49 minutes to lead the reserves. Along with Gregory and Williams, Katie Bittner, Juliana Hairston, Megan Kaser, Caitlyn McCullough, Gianna Milaro and Maggie Stinson all saw their first game action as Boilermakers. Many of the young players started the overtime session in an effort to not extend the starters in the first live game action of the new season.