Purdue women’s soccer coach Robert Klatt paced the sidelines
tensely. The clock was winding down, Michigan held a 1-0 lead and
the Boilermakers needed an equalizer badly. So with a minute and a
half left, Klatt made a strategic move. He sent in a substitute for
his keeper.

Fans in the stands might not have understood Klatt’s move, but
on the other side of the field his intentions were clear.
Goalkeepers can substitute an unlimited number of times in college
soccer. The clock stops every time a substitution is made in the
last five minutes of the game. And since the Purdue (5-1-1 Big Ten,
9-2-2 overall) keepers kept rotating in and out during the last
minute and a half, the game stretched just long enough to give the
Boilermakers time to punch in a goal with 22 seconds left and send
the match to overtime.

“Most games you’re going to win with 22 seconds left,” Michigan
coach Debbie Rademacher said. “(Klatt) kept stopping the clock with
subbing the keepers, and had he not done that, we would have won
and the game would have been over.”

Instead, Michigan (2-2-4, 3-5-6) ended up recording its sixth
double-overtime tie of the season and its second of the weekend,
after finishing with a scoreless draw against Indiana (3-3-1,
6-6-1) on Friday.

“Every time it’s a broken record out here,” Rademacher said.
“It’s because we’re not scoring goals.”

Lately, the Wolverines have had trouble finishing their
offensive chances, and last weekend was no different. Michigan’s
only goal came from a set piece, when junior co-captain Laura
Tanchon sent a bending kick from just outside the box over the head
of Purdue’s keeper. But even after firing 32 shots – 15 of them on
goal – the Wolverines just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“It’s disappointing, especially when you’re up a goal and you
end up tying and going to two overtimes,” Tanchon said. “(In the
second half) I think we got a little tentative, because we were up
1-0, and we just let down.”

The Wolverines know that if they don’t start getting some
conference wins soon – which are worth three points in the
standings as opposed to one point for a tie – they may see their
chances of postseason play slip away.

“It’s better than a loss,” freshman forward Katie Kramer said of
Saturday’s tie. “But it’s frustrating, because we’d rather win
these games. We need a big win so we can get some points and get
into the Big Ten Tournament.”

Michigan is currently tied for third in the Big Ten standings
with 10 points, but has the second-worst overall winning percentage
– 0.429. Next weekend the Wolverines will try for a win at home
when they face Iowa and Central Michigan.




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