Purdue's 1-0 win over top-ranked women's team Portland was all the more remarkable, considering the Boilermakers played the last 34 minutes with 10 players after defender Zarinah Blockton
received a red card and was ejected for punching Portland's Rachael Rapinoe
in the face after they scuffled.
seconds later, Shauna Stapleton
's header off a Parrissa Eyorokon
corner kick gave Purdue the lead, and the Boilermakers
then shut out UP with 10 players.
"Z was coaxed by their player into making an irrational decision," Purdue coach Rob Klatte
said of the red card
on Blockton. "But even in that bad situation, we have to back down and keep control."
Purdue remained focused after Blockton's ejection, bottling up the Portland attackers inside the
18-yard box. The Pilots recorded just three shots on goal as Jenny Bradfisch
earned her second shutout of the year.
"Today's win was all about
confidence," Klatte said. "Going into halftime there was a realization that we can play in this game. We grew into a mode of self-confidence. I was also impressed that while we were down a player
... everyone knew what they were doing and supposed to do. No one had any doubts we could win."
Purdue had been ranked in the Soccer America Preseason Top 25 but fell out after a 0-0 tie
with Kentucky and 1-0 loss to Louisville.
Purdue returned this week to the Top 25 at No. 24 and could be in the national rankings for a while. Its next seven games are in West Lafayette, and
11 of its remaining 15 games are home games.