Goals Aplenty in 5-3 Season-Opening Defeat at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Playing its season opener against a Purdue team that already had four games under its belt, the Dartmouth women’s soccer squad held a 2-1 lead early in the second half before the Boilermakers (3-2) responded with three goals over little more than six minutes to rally for a 5-3 victory over the Big Green.
The Dartmouth (0-1) offense came from a trio of sophomores in Kelly Bach, Lucielle Kozlov and Corey Delaney. Kozlov, who scored the goal that gave the Green a 2-1 lead in the second stanza, added an assist on Delaney’s goal, while seniors Kelly Brait and Chrissy Lozier also chipped with helpers.
“I was very pleased with our offense today, especially against a good Big Ten team,” said Dartmouth head coach Theresa Romagnolo. “When you score three goals, you expect to win. But Purdue looked like a team that had already played four games and was a bit more fit than we were today. They were able to wear us a down a bit and create some space for scoring opportunities. But as we get further into the season, we will be able to tighten up our defense better and limit those opportunities for our opponents.”
Trailing 1-0 in the final minute of the first half, Dartmouth lined up for a corner kick. Brait delivered with a beautiful pass to Bach, who headed the ball just inside the left post with just 27 ticks showing on the clock, allowing the Big Green to enter the intermission with the score knotted at one.
In the second half, Dartmouth peppered the Purdue goalkeeper Jordan Ginther with four shots in just a two-minute span. Ginther was able to stop one by Lozier and another by senior Marina Moschitto, but when Lozier drilled another shot that was blocked, Kozlov was there at the top of the box to rifle a goal through Ginther’s hands for a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Boilermakers quickly tied the score at two by converting a corner kick of their own. Megan Kaser sent the ball into the box where Pur Kuramoto headed the ball into the back of the net to bring Purdue back to even with barely 30 minutes to play. Four minutes later, Purdue took the lead for good when Hadley Stuart lofted a shot from six yards out coming off a free kick by Jordan Pawlick. The Boilermakers didn’t let up, scoring again less than 80 seconds later courtesy of Chinyelu Asher.
Both teams scored their final goals of the night in the 86th minute with Purdue taking a 5-2 lead on Mikayla Lasky’s one-touch off a pass by Pawlick and Delaney responding from point-blank range off a Kozlov pass.
The Boilermakers outshot the Big Green, 27-11, and carried a 12-7 advantage on shots on goal. Tatiana Saunders came up with seven saves in net for Dartmouth while Ginther made four stops for Purdue.
Dartmouth gets another shot at a Big Ten team on this road trip when it plays at Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. (CDT).