Oct. 14, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: #21 Michigan 2, Purdue 0
Records: U-M (13-2-1, 7-0-1 Big Ten), PUR (7-7-2, 2-5-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Oct. 18 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 8 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team extended its program-record unbeaten streak to 10 matches, topping Purdue in a 2-0 shutout on Sunday (Oct. 14) at U-M Soccer Stadium. The Wolverines allowed only two shots all match -- a season low -- and held the edge in shots on goal, 10-1.
The Wolverines tested Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler early in the first half, with fifth-year senior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) registering three shots in the first 10 minutes. Stachel nearly put the Wolverines on the board in the seventh minute when she struck a powerful shot from the right side of the penalty area, forcing Kridler to make a point-blank save and resulting in a corner kick.
Michigan opened the scoring in the 20th minute. The play started with junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) receiving a long ball on the right side of the 18-yard box, where she held off her defender and slotted a ball straight across the six-yard box. The powerful cross deflected off a Purdue defender and landed at the feet of junior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian), who one-timed a shot past Kridler into the upper-right corner of the net to give Michigan a 1-0 lead. The Wolverines held the majority of the possession in the opening frame, during which they outshot the Boilermakers, 9-1 (5-1 shots on goal).
A trio of Wolverines nearly gave U-M its second goal in a one-minute span during the 70th minute of play. Ezurike dribbled into the right side of the six-yard box and hit a shot that was deflected away by Kridler directly to the feet of senior Emily Jaffe (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), who blasted a shot off a Purdue defender. Less than a minute later, junior Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) ripped a left-footed shot from inside the penalty area that forced Kridler to make her seventh save of the match.
In the 77th minute, juniorShelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) sent a corner into a crowded six-yard box, where Jaffe rose up above the defenders to head the ball into the top left corner of the net for the goal. It was Jaffe's second goal in as many matches, both coming on corner kicks from Zadorsky.
Fifth-year senior Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) was the beneficiary of a strong defensive effort, only having to make one save on two shots in the contest. It was her ninth clean sheet of the season.
Michigan shifts its focus to its final Big Ten road trip of the season, beginning with a match on Thursday (Oct. 18) at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m.
Shots: U-M 24, Purdue 2
Shots on Goal: U-M 10, Purdue 1
Saves: U-M 1 (Haley Kopmeyer), Purdue 8 (Clara Kridler)
Corner Kicks: U-M 6, Purdue 2
N O T E S
The win improves Michigan's all-time record against Purdue to 8-3-3.
The match marked the program's first-ever Pink Game to raise awareness for breast cancer. More than $1,700 was raised to help benefit breast cancer awareness.
Michigan stretched its school-record unbeaten streak to 10 matches (9-0-1) with the win on Sunday.
Meghan Toohey scored her third goal of the season in the contest. Her last goal came in the Wolverines' 3-0 win over Butler (Sept. 7).
The team now has 11 shutouts on the season, needing only one more to tie the school record for shutouts in a season (12, 2001).
With the win over Purdue, the Wolverines remain unbeaten at home this season, owning an 8-0-1 record at the U-M Soccer Stadium. Their eight wins are the most home wins since 2002, when the Wolverines won a program-record 12 matches.
Michigan has held opponents to single-digit shot totals in seven matches.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423