Ezurike Becomes All-Time Scoring Leader in Win over Purdue
Nkem Ezurike

Oct. 20, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
Score: #12 Michigan 3, Purdue 1
Records: U-M (12-2-1, 6-1-1 Big Ten), Purdue (8-7-1, 3-5-0 Big Ten)
Attendance: 915
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 7 p.m. CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) became the program's all-time scoring leader on Sunday (Oct. 20), tallying two goals to help propel the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Purdue at U-M Soccer Stadium.

It was the Wolverines' fifth consecutive victory, keeping them in second place in the Big Ten with 19 points, two points behind conference-leading Nebraska (21 points).

Ezurike entered the contest needing two goals to set the record. In the 35th minute with the Wolverines down 1-0, she was dragged down in the box and stepped up to take the penalty kick, burying the shot into the back-left corner by Purdue goalkeeper Clara Kridler to tie the score. Ezurike set the record in the 61st minute, putting Michigan up 2-1 in the process. Sophomore Corinne Harris (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) initially put a shot on net that was deflected off the line by a Purdue defender. The ball deflected back to Ezurike, who made a great run into the penalty area, burying a shot past Kridler for the record-setting goal -- the 45th of her career.

Purdue opened up the scoring in the 24th minute on a goal from Hadley Stuart. She received the ball near the top of the 18-yard box from Chinyelu Asher, turned right and put a shot on net that went into the right-back corner, just underneath a diving attempt by U-M freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin (Greenwich, Conn./Brookfield).

Michigan had one more solid chance that came in the 38th minute, when senior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) fired a shot that Kridler saved. The ball bounced off the crossbar and out of the penalty area, ending the threat. The two teams went into the half deadlocked at 1-1, but Michigan held the edge in shots (12-5), corner kicks (6-0) and shots on goal (4-3).

Sophomore Christina Ordonez (Elmhurst, Ill./York) tacked on an insurance goal in the 69th minute. She received a ball from Toohey along the end line at the far post of the goal. With her body facing the end line, she put a touch on the ball backward with her heel that appeared to glance off a Purdue defender and settle. Ordonez turned to her right and roofed a shot into the upper netting for the goal. With U-M up 3-1 in the final minutes, Ezurike was looking for more. In the 84th minute, she was slipped a through ball and ran charging toward goal, but her shot was high. Two minutes later, she received another through ball and put her shot on target, but Kridler dove to make the save.

Bucklin made two saves in net, both on long-distance scoring attempts. The Wolverine defense limited Purdue to just three shots in the second half and did not allow a corner kick until the 70th minute.

With three Big Ten matches left, the Wolverines hit the road for the final time during the regular season next weekend, starting with a contest at Illinois on Friday (Oct. 25). That match will begin at 7 p.m. CDT.


By Periods 1 2 F
Purdue 1 0 1
Michigan 1 2 3

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- PUR, Hadley Stuart, 23:01 (Chinyelu Asher)
1st -- U-M, Nkem Ezurike, 34:54 (penalty kick)
2nd -- U-M, Ezurike, 60:10 (Corinne Harris)
2nd -- U-M, Christina Ordonez, 68:19 (Meghan Toohey)

Shots: U-M 23, PUR 8
Shots on Goal: U-M 11, PUR 3
Saves: U-M 2 (Taylor Bucklin), PUR 8 (Clara Kridler 7, Team 1)
Corner Kicks: U-M 11, PUR 2
Cards: U-M, Christina Murillo, 73:44 (Yellow); PUR, Makaela Nellams, 53:31 (Yellow); PUR, Melissa Casella, 82:03 (Yellow).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423

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