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GOAL! Lindsey Schwartz took a corner kick and senior defender Krystle Kallman sent a header toward goal. Kallman's header was deflected to Tam Strahota, who beat Purdue keeper Jenny Bradfisch into the top right corner of the goal.
Minnesota earns its second 1-0 overtime victory in as many games and improves to 13-1-0.
After the teams traded great scoring chances - Purdue's on a Riverso breakaway and the Gophers' on a laser of the left foot of Wagner - we've reached the end of the first overtime session. The teams will grab a drink of water during a two minute break before beginning a second 10-minute golden goal session.
Kaitlin Wagner just came oh-so-close to her third game-winning goal of the season. She sent a left-footed blast at the Purdue net, but keeper Jenny Bradfisch tipped the shot off the crossbar.
Purdue just got a breakaway from Loredana Riverso, but the veteran forward hit the right post with a shot she managed to get by Lindsey Dare.
We've reached the end of regulation with the scoreboard still showing zeroes. The Gophers dominated play in the second half, outshooting the Boilers 11-4 during the second session. Minnesota is 2-0 this season in games that have gone to extra time, recording wins over Idaho (2-1) and Indiana (1-0).
You hate to beat a dead horse, but the Gopher forwards are putting lot of pressure on the Purdue defensive group. Minnesota is outshooting Purdue by a 10-3 margin here in the second stanza.
Purdue's Jenny Bradfisch is standing on her head. Molly Rouse just unleashed a laser from the top of the box and Bradfisch dove headlong to her right to make a highlight-reel save. The shot from Rouse was the Gophers' 10th on goal of the contest compared to Purdue's two.
Minnesota is finding another gear in the midfield. Molly Rouse, Kaitlin Wagner and Julie Rezac seem to be running circles around thier Purdue counterparts. Although the Gophers seem to be controlling play here at the midpoint of the second half, Purdue is armed with veteran forward Lordana Riverso who has 15 points this season.
Jenny Bradfisch is playing well in goal for the Boilers. Another Gopher flurry highlighted by a great play by Molly Rouse resulted in a pair of shots on goal for Minnesota. Rouse and Grimwood shots resulted in two saves by Bradfisch in a span of less than a minute.
Minnesota is really playing with a sense of urgency here in the opening moments of the first half. After teammate Clare Grimwood sent a beautiful ball in with texture toward the end line, Kaitlin Wagner tracked it down and sent a cross across the Purdue goalmouth. Molly Rouse found the end of the Wagner cross and was able to put a hard shot on goal, but Purdue keeper Jenny Bradfisch made a nice save at the near post.
Clare Grimwood was just able to find her way onto the end of a Katie Bethke cross, but her well-struck header went high. Grimwood has been hampered by a sore knee this season and has shown some gritty play here tonight controlling the Minnesota touch in the midfield.
Kaitlin Wagner just recorded the Gophers' first shot of the second half. A left-footed shot from outside the box sailed high.
The match reaches the halfway point still scoreless. Other than the Gophers' 4-1 advantage with shots on goal, the box score correctly indicates what has been an evenly played match.
Another great turn by Purdue's Loredana Riverso netted the Boilers a pair of corner kick opportunities. Purdue seemed to control the physical play in front of the Minnesota net during both plays, but the Gophers were able to clear the ball without a goal or shot on goal.
The Boilers just had their first shot on goal of the half as Purdue's Katie Becker put a header on goal off a nice cross from teammate Loredana Riverso. Lindsey Dare made the routine save.
Minnesota just got off their fourth shot on goal of the half as a header from defender Kylie Kallman found its way into the hands of Purdue keeper Jenny Bradfisch. The Gophers earned the corner after Lindsey Schwartz brought a ball deep into the Purdue zone and had it poked away by a Purdue defender.
Minnesota has gotten some early pressure here. Molly Rouse just put a right-footer from just outside the 18-yard box on goal for the Gophers' third shot on goal in the first 15 minutes of the contest.
After the initial flurry fueled by Molly Rouse, play has been physical and evenly matched. The Gophers are sporting their home white uniforms with maroon numerals. Purdue is wearing bright yellow socks and shorts along with black jerseys that feature white numerals.
A significant crowd is still filing in here in the opening minutes of the first half. Molly Rouse got some pressure right off the kickoff as the sophomore midfielder got a shot off just :21 into the match.
Tonight's contest marks the Gophers' annual 'Rock the Robbie' promotion as the Minnesota will attempt to break the all-time Elizabeth Lyle Robbie attendance record of 1,751 set on Sept. 23, 2005.
The Gophers and Boilermakers have each hit the field and are taking part in their respective pregame warmup routines. Purdue enters tonight's contest atop the Big Ten Conference standings with a 3-0-1 league record. The Gophers are off to a the best start in program history with a 12-1-0 record that includes a 2-1-0 conference mark. Purdue is ranked 21st in this week's SoccerBuzz poll while Minnesota is ranked 24th nationally by the same publication this week.