WHITING, Ind. -- The Purdue University Northwest women's soccer team fought conference rival Calumet College of St. Joseph to a double-overtime, scoreless draw to conclude the Pride's season Saturday at East Chicago Central High School.
PNW finished its fifth season as a program with a 5-11-1 overall record and 3-8-1 mark in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, improving on its win total by four from a year ago under first-year head coach Danielle Foxhoven, who took over the program in August.
"The team's effort today was the best we have had for an entire game all season," Foxhoven said. "The season came and went really fast, and we've had ups and downs throughout, but we always said we wanted to be going in a positive direction and today's game was proof of that."
Saturday’s game featured just 12 shots in total, with PNW recording nine and CCSJ 5. Shelby Ross (Nashville, Ind./Columbus North) had five shots to lead the Pride and teammate Shayna Coy (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) added three.
Starting keeper Lucie Ashmore (Greystones, Ireland/St. Gerard’s School) played all 110 minutes in goal, stopping one shot in the shutout.
The Pride's biggest win this season came in the team's 2-1 upset win over St. Francis (Ill.) Oct. 3, which snapped a 3-game losing streak against the Fighting Saints and gave PNW its first-ever win over USF.
Junior Shayla McNeal (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) led PNW on the year with six goals and Ross added 10 points, scoring three goals with four assists to lead the offense, while sophomore keeper Lucie Ashmore (Greystones, Ireland/St. Gerard's School) logged the most minutes in goal, finishing the year with two shutouts.
PNW graduates just one senior, Iridiana Mendoza (West Chicago, Ill./Community), who became the program's first four-year letter winner.
"I am so proud of the girls and how far we have come in such a short amount of time -- our captain and senior Iridiana was incredible throughout the season and we will miss her," added Foxhoven.