WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Miami University soccer team opened the 2014 season on a high note, topping Purdue, 1-0, in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup on Friday night.
The RedHawks (1-0) took advantage of an own goal in the 44th minute as Danielle Wiseman posted a shutout in her first-career start in goal.
“Any time you can get a win over a Big Ten team, you’ve done alright,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “Purdue is a fine team and tonight was a good, evenly played game. I’m proud of our kids, they worked hard and played well together. Our bench played terrific. We know going into the season that our bench would be a strength and it made the difference tonight by wearing them down.”
Miami territorially controlled most of the play in the first half, outshooting Purdue by a 7-3 count. Still, it appeared the contest would go into halftime scoreless until there was 1:20 remaining. The RedHawks put the ball behind the Boilermaker defense and Amy Malone narrowly missed finished the play. The ball found a Purdue defender, but Malone’s pressure forced an errant clearance attempt that went off a Purdue foot and into the net for an own goal that gave MU a 1-0 lead at the break.
“The goal was the result of good pressure by us,” Kramig said. “We got in behind their defense and played a great ball that Amy Malone nearly got to the end of. She forced Purdue’s defender into a rushed clearance and it went in.”
Purdue fired three early shots in the second half, but all of them went wide. However, Miami went on the offensive from there and nearly went up 2-0 in the 56th minute when Chloe Knue fired a shot towards an open net, but an oncoming Purdue defender got to the ball at the goal line to keep it a one-goal contest.
After only taking seven shots, none of which were on goal, over the first 64 minutes of play, the Boilermakers started to press the attack towards the end of the second half. Purdue fired eight shots over the final 26 minutes. Despite the extra numbers on the attack, the Red and White defense kept the Boilermakers from finding the equalizer to post. That win is Miami’s first victory in four tries (1-2-1) over Purdue.
“Congratulations to Danielle on getting the shutout,” Kramig said. “She’s been a great teammate for the last three years and I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s getting a chance to shine. She played well tonight.”
In her first collegiate start, Wiseman turned aside all six shots she faced to post her first-career shutout. The late Purdue surge gave it a slight 15-13 advantage in shot attempts while the Boilermakers also had a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
Miami closes out its stint at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup on Sunday when it takes on Butler at 11 a.m.
Head Coach Bobby Kramig Postgame Interview
Danielle Wiseman Postgame Interview