Aug 30, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. -
It was stormy night in West Lafayette, Ind. The Huskies and Boilermakers were forced to wait around 90 minutes to begin the game, starting at 7:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the late start was only the beginning of this night's troubles. The team gave up two quick goals in the 19th and 21st minutes. Recovery proved difficult, as the Huskies eventually dropped the game by a 4-1 final.
"We needed more fight today," said Head Coach John Ross. "It started too late. Purdue is a very good team. We needed to come out and go at them from the start, but that didn't happen in this one."
Maddy Williams of Purdue gave her team a big push. She scored the first Boilermaker goal off of a deflection. Then, just over a minute later, she zipped by Huskie defenders and scored another goal to put Purdue up 2-0 at the time. Aside from this run though, the first half was a defensive battle. There was no other scoring until the second half.
The Huskies came out with a purpose in the second half. In the 50th, Lauren Noonan (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) took a free kick from teammate Allie McBride (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and headed it through to cut the Purdue lead in half at the time, bringing the score to a 2-1 deficit for NIU. However, that was the end of the scoring for NIU, as Purdue ramped up the pressure even more. The Boilermakers did not allow another goal for the remainder of the game, and they added two of their own to secure the victory.
This game was fraught with delays. The first delayed the start of the game, ensuring the teams would play into the night. Around the 72nd minute, a second delay came. This one delayed the game for over an hour, and the game did not resume until after 10 p.m. "It actually probably helped us," said Ross. "We're ready if it happens in the future."
The Huskies are coming home for their next game against the Lewis Flyers. That game will take place on the NIU Soccer Complex, this Sunday, September 1 at 1 p.m.