8/24/18 Sarah Clark

Sophomore midfielder Sarah Clark takes a free kick against West Virginia Friday night at Folk Field.

In its first game against a ranked opponent this season, Purdue soccer came out looking for a win – and was five minutes away from exactly that against No. 25 West Virginia.

A scoreless first half was heavily sided towards the Mountaineers, as sophomore goalkeeper Katie Luce faced 12 shots. With three of Purdue's four starting defenders being freshmen, the expectation wasn't too high of stopping shots and attacks.

Yet that wasn't the case as the team stopped every attack West Virginia gave it.

It wasn't until the 74th minute that Purdue broke the stalemate, with a goal from freshman forward Sydney Duarte. 12 minutes later, the Mountaineers tied it up, forcing the Boilers to revert to a defensive scheme and maintain a tie.

After regulation, both teams wore down in the two 10-minute overtime periods as neither was able to score a goal. Purdue is now 1-0-1 on the season heading into the rest of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.

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