Purdue Upsets Portland to Win Husky Soccer Invitational
Sept. 9, 2007
SEATTLE - Despite competing with only 10 players, Purdue upset top-ranked Portland 1-0 behind a goal by Shauna Stapleton to win the Husky/Nike Invitational championship Sunday at Husky Soccer Field.
Host Washington lost 3-1 to Cal State Fullerton, dropping its record to 0-4. Purdue is the first team from outside the Northwest to win the Invitational title. Washington and Portland have each won the tournament six times.
Stapleton scored two goals Friday in a 3-1 win over the Huskies. She received the tournament's Most Outstanding Offensive Player award while Purdue goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch collected the trophy for the top defensive player.
Boilermaker defender Zarinah Blockton received a red card and was ejected at 56:38 after an altercation with Portland's Rachael Rapinoe who was booked with a yellow card. Less than a minute later, while down one player, Purdue netted the decisive goal off a corner kick.
Parrissa Eyorokon served the kick from the right corner into the middle of the box where Jessica Okoroafo headed it toward the near post. Stapleton was at the right post and headed it into the goal at 57:49.
Bradfisch saved three shots en route to the shutout. Kelsey Davis had one save for the Pilots who out shot Purdue 10-5.
Washington was swept for just the second time in the 13-year history of the Nike Invitational.
Stacey Thompson tallied two goals to lead Fullerton over UW. The Titans got on the board first when Thompson converted a penalty kick at 38:08.
The Huskies got an equalizing penalty kick at 66:40 as Dani Bridges (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) netted the shot after Melissa Beal (Portland, Ore.) was fouled in the box. That was the second goal in as many games for the senior forward.
UW continued to attack the Titan goal with several shots, including a Robin Alexander flick that caromed off the right post at 73:48.
Fullerton countered just 23 seconds later with a goal at 75:11. Thompson collected the rebound after a Lauren Cram shot that was blocked and sent it into the goal from 15 yards away.
'We are inches from scoring a goal and then two passes later we are giving one up when it was tied,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We created enough to score more than one goal on a penalty kick. We had 16 shots and some good opportunities. Someone has to step up and be a goal-scorer for us.'
Fullerton scored an insurance goal at 81:23 when Brianna Buffington stole a pass and dribbled through the box before unleashing a 12-yard blast that found the goal.
Sophomore Taylor Carr (Culver City, Calif.) was credited with two saves for the Huskies, who matched the Titans' 16-shot output. Fullerton's Shannon Simpson also saved two shots.
'Disappointment is an understatement. Our results so far have been beneath my expectations,' Gallimore concluded. 'We're going to try to stay as positive as possible and not look behind us. We'll try to figure out how we can get the next one.'
The Huskies return to action next weekend at the Portland Invitational in Oregon. UW meets Yale, Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Kansas, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Final Team Standings
3. Cal State Fullerton
Offensive MVP -- Shauna Stapleton, Purdue
Defensive MVP -- Jenny Bradfisch, Purdue
Sunday, Sept 9, 2007
GAME 3 -- Purdue 1, (#1) Portland 0
Scoring --1, PU, Shauna Stapleton (Jessica Okoroafo, Parrissa Eyorokon), 57:49.
Shots -- PU 5, PORT 10.
Saves -- PU 3 (Jenny Bradfisch), PORT 1 (Kelsey Davis)
Corner Kicks -- PU 2, PORT 4.
Fouls -- PU 7, PORT 12.
Attendance -- 381.
Records -- Purdue 3-1-1, Portland 3-1-0.
GAME 4 -- Cal State Fullerton 3, Washington 1
Scoring --1, CSUF, Stacey Thompson (pk), 38:08. 2, UW, Dani Bridges (pk), 66:40. 3, CSUF, Stacey Thompson (Lauren Cram), 75:11. 4, CSUF, Brianna Buffington, 81:23.
Shots -- CSUF 16, UW 16.
Saves -- CSUF 2 (Shannon Simpson), UW 2 (Taylor Carr).
Corner Kicks -- CSUF 1, UW 2.
Fouls -- CSUF 19, UW 14.
Attendance -- 868.
Records -- Washington 0-4-0, Cal State Fullerton 1-2-1.