Purdue Comes Back to Defeat Gophers 3-2

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10/14/2021 | 8:00 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota (6-4-3, 2-4-0 B1G) was unable to hold on to a 2-0 lead on the road in a 3-2 loss to No. 25 Purdue in West Lafayette on Sunday afternoon. Sophia Boman scored along with Christa VanLoon in the defeat.

“We are disappointed with the result today, anytime you go into halftime with a 2-0 lead it can be a dangerous scoreline because you can sometimes feel a little too comfortable,” head coach Erin Chastain said. “Even though we prepared our group for that, Purdue came out and set the tone in the second half. We never really had anyone step up and set the tone on our side in the second half. I thought we did set the tone in the first half, which is the positive, but good teams with good players will do that. They are a top 25 team for a reason and have gotten a lot of results this season and I really felt like we just didn’t perform in the second half today.”

Minnesota scored the opening two goals in the match, getting on the board first with a penalty kick from Sophia Boman in the 17th minute. The sophomore was presented with the penalty kick opportunity after Megan Gray was fouled inside the Purdue box. Boman’s penalty kick goal is her fourth overall this season. 

VanLoon doubled the lead just before the break with a goal in the 41st minute. The first goal in the Maroon and Gold for VanLoon came after a great service into the box from Makenzie Langdok that was flicked back by Maddie Baker to a waiting VanLoon who fired the ball past Purdue’s keeper. 

Purdue scored three unanswered in the second half to take the victory. The first came in the 64th minute via Emily Mathews, her fifth of the year, followed by a Minnesota own goal to knot the game at 2-2 in the 71st minute. The Boilermakers kept the pressure on, scoring a second unassisted goal in the form of Sarah Griffith in the 85th minute. 

With the pair of goals in the first half Minnesota has now scored 15 of their 21 goals this season in the opening 45 minutes of action. In the loss the Gophers were out shot, but all eight of Minnesota’s shots were on frame. 

The next match for the Maroon and Gold will come on Thursday, Oct. 14, on the B1G Network against Illinois. The match will kick off at 8 p.m. CT. 

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