Melissa Casella
Melissa  Casella

RS Junior

Dublin, Ohio

High School:
Dublin Coffman





Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


Roff Era Begins with Winning Season

Annual season recap chronicles highlights of Purdue's 2015 campaign


Boilermakers Win in Overtime at Maryland

Nellams connects on her second PK of the season; Leinert & Ginther come up big


Lasky's Great Goal Not Enough vs. Penn St.

Boilermakers snap PSU's shutout streak at 381 consecutive minutes


Purdue Battles No. 23 Rutgers to a Draw

Ginther & the back line lead Boilers to their first scoreless draw since 2010


Melissa Casella, 2015 Player Gallery

Melissa Casella, 2015 Player Gallery


Melissa Casella 2013 Photo Gallery

Melissa Casella 2013 Photo Gallery


Purdue Soccer, 2013 Season in Photos

A season-long photo gallery from Purdue Soccer's 2013 campaign.


Purdue vs. Minnesota

Purdue vs. Minnesota


Andy Jessop 4-Game Gallery

Photos from Dartmouth, Illinois, Northwestern & Nebraska games

Photo Galleries: 2015 | 2013 | 2012

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Barcelona FC
Favorite Coach: Matt Ogden
Favorite Pro Stadium: Crew Stadium
Favorite Marquee Event: World Cup
Favorite Country to Root For at World Cup: USA
Current Pro Goalkeeper She'd Most Like to Shoot Against: Tim Howard
Person She'd Like to Have Dinner With: Lionel Messi
In Her MP3 Player: R. Kelly
Last Concert She Attended: Brett Eldridge
Favorite Author: Jodi Picoult
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Morgan Freeman, Kate Bosworth & Christopher Nolan
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: New Year's Eve/Day
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Crème brûlée
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Kayaking
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Racquetball
Favorite Purdue Building: Lily Hall
Favorite Big City: New York
Unique Travel Locale: Costa Rica
Country She'd Like to Visit: Spain
Favorite Thing About the Boilermaker Soccer Complex: The Amazing Field
Most Memorable Game at Purdue: 2012 Overtime Win at Nebraska
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: David Bos, Biology
Furry Friend: Aleu, Australian Shepherd

JUNIOR / 2015
Academic All-Big Ten... Casella started all 16 games in which she played... missed the last two games due to injury and ultimately decided to retire with a year of eligibility remaining... scored her first collegiate goal in to give Purdue the lead in the second half of the Missouri game... assisted on goals by Maddy Williams vs. Xavier and Erika Arkans at Ohio State... ranked fourth on the team in minutes played (1,372) after going the distance nine times... went the distance in seven of the nine Big Ten games in which she played... recorded a shot in each of the first five games of the season... averaged 85 minutes per game... finished her career having started 50 of the 54 games in which she played.

Academic All-Big Ten... redshirted due to a preseason injury... will return to the active roster as a junior in 2015.

Academic All-Big Ten... Casella started all 19 games, one of only three Boilers to do so... enters her junior season having started 34 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team... led the team in minutes played after going the distance at her defensive midfielder position in 15 of the 19 games... only came off the field in games against Akron, Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan... missed only about a minute of action against Michigan due to blood on her jersey... assisted on Maddy Williams' goal against Minnesota... helped Purdue post shutouts against Akron, IPFW, Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern... recorded a shot on goal with eight of her 11 shot attempts for the season... had three shots on goal at Michigan... averaged 88.3 minutes per game.

Casella played in all 19 games and started the final 15 games of the year... one of only six Boilers to see action in all 19 games... did not leave the field after joining the starting lineup in time for the Tennessee-Martin win, going the distance in 15 straight games... finished the year ranked third on the team in minutes played... defensive midfielder helped Purdue post shutout wins against Toledo, Tennessee-Martin, Evansville, Central Michigan and Northwestern.

Four-year letterwinner for coaches Michael Walker & Marc D'Auteuil... played for the U14 & U15 U.S. Soccer Girls National Team as a sophomore... four-year member of the ODP state team... invited to U.S. Club Soccer national identification program... played for the Ohio Premier club team in the fall of her senior year... four-year honor roll student

Biographical Information

Major: Neurobiology

Parents: Michael Bomberger & Margaret Baron

Siblings: Jason Baron, Katey & Christopher Bomberger



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