Sept. 4, 2005
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's soccer team contained a tough Purdue squad to post a 2-1 win over the Boilermakers and end Big 12/Big Ten Challenge play with a perfect 2-0 record. The Tigers, who will play five of their next six games at home, remain undefeated at Walton Stadium with a 2-0 record mark.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the 77th minute, Lauren Vineyard ran down the right side of the field and threaded a pass to Amber Swinehart, who shot the ball into the lower right netting from six yards out to give Missouri (2-1-1) a 2-1 advantage. The goal proved to be the game-winner as Purdue (1-3) failed to score in the final 13 minutes of play.
Control seesawed back and forth from the start, as both teams had opportunities early. In the sixth minute, Swinehart found Jennifer Nobis in the box for a one-on-one chance but Nobis' shot sailed wide of Purdue goalie Lauren Mason. Less than a minute later, Mizzou keeper Laura Buehrig, who had eight saves on the day, stopped a blast from Purdue's Lauren Sesselmann after the Boilermaker spun around a defender.
After Nobis again blasted a shot wide off a cross from Aria Hudetz in the 22nd minute, the Tigers had a scoring opportunity two minutes later off a free kick. Mizzou's Erika Pusch sent a ball into left side of the box but Lauren Grice's header soared wide.
With the score still knotted at 0-0 in the second half, Missouri finally found the back of the net in the 49th minute when Carolina Pohl back passed to Aria Hudetz, who nailed a shot past Mason from 15 yards out. Jennifer Nobis also assisted on the goal, which was the second of the season for Hudetz.
Purdue hit an equalizer seven minutes later after Sesselmann passed to Shauna Stapleton from the right side of the box and Stapleton nailed a shot into the upper left netting to tie the score at 1-1. Purdue failed to capitalize on five ensuing scoring chances before Swinehart eventually knocked in the game-winner.
"We changed the system in the second half," said Missouri head coach Bryan Blitz. "Give credit to the kids, they're flexible enough not to be uptight. That was the key to the game, both us as a (coaching staff) recognizing that we needed to change and our kids performing in the change."
Missouri looks to keep its home streak alive against Arkansas State Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 at Walton Stadium. The Tigers then travel to Iowa City, Iowa for a non-conference contest with Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 10 before returning to Walton Stadium for a matchup with North Dakota State on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to kickoff a five game home stand.
by: Kyle Coburn/MU Athletics
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