INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue's Jessica Okoroafo scored two goals, one in each half, before Butler could answer as the BU women's soccer team lost, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Butler Bowl.
The Boilermakers (2-0-0) took a 1-0 lead when Okoroafo scored on a header at the 18:13 mark. Purdue maintained offensive pressure throughout the first half, but Butler would not yield another tally in the first period.
"We competed and battled for an entire 90 minutes. Within our game plan, we produced several goal-scoring opportunities and kept Purdue's to a minimum," head coach Tari St. John said. "I was very proud of the effort today. If we can play like that consistently, we will see some results."
Okoroafo struck again in the 49th minute off a corner kick play, scoring from center just a few yards out. Purdue's Kellie Phillips and Loredana Riverso, who took the corner, assisted on the play.
Butler would answer in the 80th minute. BU freshman Rachael Melendez took off down the right sideline on a breakaway and fed senior Lindsey Fox in the box. Fox beat Purdue keeper Jenny Bradfisch and scored at the 79:40 mark.
Following the goal, Butler responded with its most spirited play of the day, maintaining consistent pressure for the first time. The Bulldogs managed a few opportunities in the final minutes but could not find the equalizer.
Butler goalkeeper Jessica Schein played all 90 minutes, making four saves. St. John also praised the defensive play in front of Schein.
"Morgan Cox and Abbie Kaul did a great job in the back for us today, the kind of performance you expect from senior captains," she said.
Purdue held a 9-3 shots advantage and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
Butler (0-2-0) hosts IUPUI Friday, Aug. 28 at the Butler Bowl. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
NOTES: Fox's goal was the 13th of her career and ninth as a Bulldog...senior Carrie Twyman and sophomore Mandi Kotynski were the other Bulldogs who attempted a shot in the contest...St. John played at Purdue from 1998-2002, earning four letters. She was also an assistant coach there in 2005.