Illini soccer ties Purdue

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Fighting Illini women's soccer team had to rally once more in the state of Indiana, coming from behind to earn a one-one tie after 90 minutes of play plus two 10-minute overtime periods with the Purdue Boilermakers. Senior Nicole Denenberg tallied the lone goal for Illinois.

The opening 20 minutes saw the Illini dictate the tempo with crisp passing and controlling the majority of the possession. Vanessa DiBernardo and Megan Pawloski tried getting the Illini on the scoreboard recording shots in the time frame. 

Purdue would tally just two shots in the first half, but it was Alex Hairston's strike in the 21st minute that was the difference-maker for the Boilermakers. Hairston gave Purdue the early 1-0 lead when she sent the ball to the inside of the right post from the right side of the 18-yard box. It was Hairston's fourth goal of the season. 

The Orange and Blue created a goal scoring opportunity in the 32nd-minute off of a corner kick. DiBernardo's ball found Kristen Gierman's head inside the Purdue box, but Clara Kridler was able to make the save. Then, Nicole Denenberg collected the rebound, but her shot was blocked by a defender. 

The Illini came out strong to start the second half. Allie Osoba and DiBernardo totaled three shots and the squad produced two corner kicks, all within the first ten minutes. 

Then, in the 57th-minute Denenberg recorded her second goal of the season to tie the game at one. The senior released the shot from the left top side of the 18-yard box as the ball sailed to the inside right post. The goal also marked Denenberg's third of her career.

The next 30 minutes saw both squads battle back and forth, each recording eight total shots in the period. With both goalkeepers holding strong through 90 minutes, Illinois and Purdue went to overtime. The Orange and Blue have only seen overtime once this season, when they tied Illinois State 1-1 on Aug. 19. Entering into today's contest, the Boilermakers were 1-1 in overtime games. 

Illinois statistically dominated the first overtime period. The Illini recorded six shots to Purdue's zero and earned one corner kick in which the Boilermakers did not. Freshman Amy Feher almost tallied the golden goal in the final 10 seconds of the period but her shot soared just inches over the crossbar.

With the game-winning goal remaining elusive, the deadlocked squads headed into a second overtime. Nicole Breece, Kassidy Brown and DiBernardo all releashed shots in the period but none found the back of the net and the game ended in a tie.

As a result, Illinois moves to 6-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Big Ten play, while Purdue goes to 7-4-2 this season and 2-2-1 in conference competition. Furthermore, Illinois moves to 10-5-3 lifetime against the Boilermakers. 

Illinois outshot the Boilermakers 24-11 and produced nine shots on goal compared to Purdue's six. Thus, Illinois goalie Steph Panozzo finished the afternoon with five saves, including several athletic diving stops, bringing her season total to 47. In addition, Illinois earned a 5-4 corner kick advantage over Purdue.

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