COLUMBUS, Ohio Purdue’s top three scorers accounted for four points in the first 20 minutes of the contest and the Boilermakers never lost their focus or the early advantage in defeating Ohio State, 3-0, in women’s soccer action Friday in West Lafayette, Ind.
Loredana Riverso set up Lauren Montenegro for a goal in the seventh minute for a 1-0 lead and Kellie Phillips assisted on Felicia Schroeder’s goal in the 26th minute to give Purdue, 11-4-3 overall and 5-1-2 in the Big Ten Conference, an early, 2-0, lead. Riverso’s assist was her fifth of the season, to go along with eight goals and 21 points. Phillips’ assist was her team-high eighth of the season and Schroeder’s goal was her seventh.
Riverso also scored late in the first half to give Purdue a 3-0 halftime lead that Ohio State would not be able to overcome. The loss drops Ohio State’s records to 7-8-2 overall and 4-4-0 in the Big Ten.
Ashley Bowyer, who had a shot on goal in the first 10 seconds of the game, led Ohio State with three shots, including two on goal. Kelsi Landry, Lauren Beachy, Taylor Moront and Paige Maxwell had two shots apiece. Ohio State totolled 15 shots for the game, including seven in the first half, and had six shots on goal while Purdue countered with 10 shots and five on goal.
Purdue goalkeeper Jenny Brandfisch was asked to make five first half saves and she finished with that number of saves. Buckeye freshman Katie Baumgardner, making just her third start in place of the injured Lauren Robertson, had two saves.
The Boilermakers led, 13-9, in fouls and Ohio State held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Ohio State continues its road swing with a 2 p.m. (EDT) game Sunday at Illinois.
Game Notes and Other Notes of Interest:
- Coach Lori Walker used her 14th different starting lineup in 17 games this year. This is due in part to starters or key reserves missing a total of 31 games now due to injuries and/or surgeries.
- Walker used 21 players, including Shawn Skladany, who had missed all this season with a knee injury. Skladany, a junior academically and a sophomore in eligibility who played in nine games in 2007, played 10 second-half minutes.
- The shutout defeat, coming off the 2-0 loss last Sunday to Minnesota, was Ohio State’s first back-to-back shutout losses since the mid-point of last year.
- Ohio State has lost six consecutive games to the Boilermakers, after winning seven of the first 10 with two ties, and the series is now square at 7-7-2.
- Ohio State entered the weekend in fifth place in the Big Ten with 12 points. Wisconsin (playing at Minnesota on Friday), Illinois (hosting Penn State) and Northwestern (playing at Iowa) were behind the Buckeyes with nine points apiece.
- Iowa is the team to watch right now. The Hawkeyes started the day in ninth place in the Big Ten with seven points. The top eight teams qualify for the Big Ten tournament, which will be played in Iowa City Nov. 6-9.