Gallagher Ties Single Season Assist Record in Tie at Green Bay

Gallagher Ties Single Season Assist Record in Tie at Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team earned an important 1-1 draw at Green Bay on Sunday (Oct. 17) afternoon after two scoreless overtimes.

With the tie, the Mastodons kept pace with the Phoenix in the standings. Purdue Fort Wayne owns an overall record of 5-6-5 on the season and 4-4-1 in the Horizon League with 13 points. Green Bay’s record is 6-1-6 overall and 3-1-5 in the Horizon League with 14 points. The Phoenix are in fourth and the Mastodons are in fifth place in the Horizon League standings. The top six teams make it to the Horizon League tournament. The top two seeds get a bye while seeds three and four will host a quarterfinals game on Oct. 31.

The road draw came against a Phoenix team which entered the match on a six-match unbeaten streak.

After a scoreless first, the Phoenix would get on the board first with a goal from Emily Murphy in the 62nd minute, it was her second goal of the season.

The ‘Dons would not go down without a fight. In the 82nd minute, Rylee Vruggink tied the game with her first goal of the season. Kelsey Gallagher passed Vruggink the ball towards the left side of the net, Vruggink was able to put the ball past the diving goalkeeper thanks to a perfectly placed header. 

The assist from Gallagher was her sixth assist of the season. It ties Tylar Allison (2011) and Kallianne Mogler (2017) for most assists in a season by a Mastodon in program history.

Green Bay had a chance to win the game at the end of the first overtime period. Murphy had a shot go past Samantha Castaneda, but the shot attempt was a second after the final buzzer of the overtime period. The ‘Dons would get two shots in the second overtime period but couldn’t find the back of the net.

While each team took 13 shots, the ‘Dons had a 10-6 shots advantage between the second half and two overtime periods. The Phoenix had an 8-7 shots on goal edge. Gallagher led the ‘Dons in shots with three, with two of those shots on goal. Castaneda would play all 110 minutes in net. She saved seven shots and allowed one goal.

The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 23 (3 p.m.) for a road game against Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich. It will be the final regular season road game for the ‘Dons.

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