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The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (1-4-1) earned a 2-2 draw with Purdue Friday evening at the 12th Annual Boilermaker Challenge Cup in West Lafayette, Ind. Heidi Farran and Chloe McDaniel scored for the Matadors, who ultimately prevailed in an exhibition shootout over the Boilermakers to advance to the championship match Sunday.
Although the game will officially go down as a tie for both Northridge and Purdue, the nature of the tournament stipulated that the teams engage in a shootout to determine the advancing team.
After Purdue opened the event by knocking one off the post, Shannon Ward scored on CSUN's first attempt. Both teams exchanged misses and the Boilermakers' first goal was promptly answered by Heidi Farran. Another Purdue conversion was answered Katie Russ and Cynthia Jacobo made her second save in five-shots to seal CSUN's place in Sunday's final.
"We would have liked to win, and I thought we had it in double overtime, but we showed a lot of resilience to come out on the road and gave a great effort," CSUN head coach Keith West said. "The girls showed a lot of character to get a result in a tough environment."
In regular time, Northridge held a 2-0 lead through halftime only to see Purdue answer with two goals in the second half. The Matadors thought they had the game-winning goal in the second overtime off a corner kick, but the goal was waved off by the referee.
The draw was CSUN's first since a scoreless affair with UC Irvine on Oct. 23, 2008, a span of 49 matches.
Farran started things with a goal in the third minute of action, her third of the season and eighth of her career. She sent in a floating shot into the left corner from 15 yards to open the match's scoring. Melissa Fernandez earned her second assist of the season on the effort.
The Matadors doubled their lead in the 31st off a set piece. Alexis Barbara sent a corner kick into the heart of the box that McDaniel nailed home for her first career goal. A team captain, McDaniel saw the result as the product of extra work in practice.
"We have been working a lot on set pieces in training and we came out with a lot of confidence in our play," McDaniel said. "The goal was pretty awesome. I didn't even look after I headed it and just watched my teammates when the ball went in."
However, the Boilermakers would thwart any chances of a victory with two goals in the opening 25 minutes of the second half. Jordan Frick's game-tying goal came directly off a corner kick in the 70th minute of action.
Still, Jacobo posted a season-high five saves in the draw and the Matadors posted a season-high 22 shots in the contest.
Next up for the Matadors is a meeting with Dayton, who defeated Kansas 3-1 in the opening match of the tournament. The Flyers (5-1) and Matadors will battle for the tournament title Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:30 p.m. (ET).