No. 11 Kansas rallies past Purdue, 2-1
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A pair of second-half goals from No. 11 Kansas propelled the Jayhawks past the Purdue Boilermakers Sunday afternoon in the final match of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. Senior Katie McClure notched her seventh goal of the year before sophomore Kailey Lane netted the game-winner, her second of 2019, in the 85th minute.
The victory pushed the Jayhawks to 5-1-0 on the season, while Purdue suffered its second loss of the year, falling to 4-2-0.
Kansas fell behind midway through the first half when Purdue’s Hannah Melchiorre scored after the ball got loose in front of the Jayhawk goal following a corner kick. The strike gave Purdue a 1-0 advantage and the lead heading into the halftime locker room. It marked the second time this season that Kansas found itself trailing at the intermission.
It took KU 13 minutes after the restart to pull even. McClure was in the right place at the right time when she corralled a save attempt from the Purdue goalkeeper. The Wichita native redirected the loose ball into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the year and the 29th of her KU career.
The Jayhawks stayed on the attack over the tense final minutes of the second half, before finally breaking through in the 85th minute. Freshman Ellie Prybylski played a low cross along the end line when McClure and Lane met the pass at the near post. After a quick deflection from McClure, Lane chipped the ball into the back of the net to put the Jayhawks ahead, 2-1. It marked the second goal of the season for the sophomore. The Jayhawks would milk away the final five minutes and claim their fifth win of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper collected the win in between the posts for the Jayhawks, tallying seven saves and facing 18 Purdue shots.
The Jayhawks will be back on road for the second-straight week. The weekend will begin in Chicago when KU meets Northwestern on Friday, Sept. 13. Start time from Evanston is set for 7 p.m. Two days later, the Jayhawks will head north to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take on Western Michigan. KU will kick off against the Broncos at 1 p.m.