PURDUE WOMEN LOSE
August 26, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Purdue women's soccer surrendered four goals on only eight shots, falling to Xavier, 4-3, despite dominating the shot count and possession for much of the afternoon Sunday at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
Xavier (2-0) won the season-opening four-team Boilermaker Challenge Cup. There were 12 goals scored in the two games played at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon after Akron defeated North Dakota, 4-1, in the 11 a.m. match. Akron's Megan Waskowski posted the eighth hat trick at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
The Musketeers jumped out to an early lead with two goals in the first five minutes and 10 seconds. Purdue (1-1) pulled within a goal on three occasions but could not record an equalizer.
The most demoralizing moment of the match came in the 57th minute when Ashton Greene's shot found its way underneath goalkeeper Caitlyn McCollough, trickling over the goal line to make it a 4-2 game. McCullough made the initial save but could not maintain control of the ball as she went down to her knees. Mollie Kuramotohad scored 33 seconds earlier to pull the Boilers within a goal.
Alex Hairston and Holly Gregoryeach had a goal and an assist for Purdue. Hairston's 11th collegiate goal opened the scoring for the Boilers in the 23rd minute. Gregory moved from center back to an attacking role while Purdue was chasing the score in the second half. She finished off a wild scramble in the 80th minute that featured multiple chances for the Boilers before Gregory finally put it away.
Tori Doss scored for Xavier in the sixth and 42nd minutes en route to finishing the weekend with three goals. She was named the Offensive MVP of the tournament. Her second goal gave the Musketeers a 3-1 lead going into the halftime break. It was scored on a one-touch deflection after Lauren Heap served in a free kick from the east sideline.
The Boilermakers dominated the shot count 34-8, but Xavier did a decent job of limiting the number of quality scoring chances despite the one-sided totals. Purdue also enjoyed a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. Xavier goalkeeper Katie Markesbery accounted for 10 saves.