Illini Come Up Empty at Purdue, 1-0
Oct. 4, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For the first time this season, Illinois was held scoreless, falling 1-0 to Purdue at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex on Friday night. Redshirt-junior Jannelle Flaws led the Illini with six shots in the defensive battle that saw the Boilermakers outshoot the Orange and Blue by one, 14-13.
"When you are in the situation we were in tonight, you need everyone to be their best," head coach Janet Rayfield said. "We got many people's best effort and you feel for them because they fought hard. But unfortunately, we didn't get everyone's best performance when we needed it. I share the responsibility because my job is to make sure our entire team is prepared and ready to perform. That's what we will be ready to do on Sunday."
Purdue grabbed the early 1-0 lead with the only tally of the game in the ninth minute. Maddy Williams fired a shot from the top of the box that freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley got a hand on but couldn't keep out of the top right corner.
The Orange and Blue had chances late in the first half and tested the Purdue keeper, but Clara Kridler made five saves in the first stanza. Flaws helped the Illini to a 9-8 edge in shots in the opening frame, peppering Purdue with four shots, including three on frame.
The Boilermakers put two shots on goal to start the second half, but Wheatley saved both. Illinois responded with a pair of shots on target by Flaws and Pawloski in the 56th minute, but both were knocked down by Kridler. In the 72nd minute, the Illini took a couple of corner kicks but couldn't connect. Ten minutes later, UI had a header attempt off a corner kick but it went just wide. Purdue finished with an 8-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Illini, who were playing without senior Vanessa DiBernardo for the second-straight game due to a knee injury, dropped to 6-4-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the Big Ten. Purdue got back to .500 in the conference at 2-2-0 and moved to 7-4-1 overall.
Up Next: Illinois will head to Bloomington, Ind., for an 11 a.m. game against Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 6.