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Melissa Casella
Melissa Casella

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Dublin, Ohio

High School:
Dublin Coffman

Height:
5-1

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:
04/01/1994



08/13/2014

Hairston, Kuramoto & Williams Among Big Ten Players to Watch

Soccer is the first sport to open its new season, kicking off the weekend of Aug. 22-24.

12/11/2013

64 Purdue Student-Athletes Named Fall Academic All-Big Ten

Purdue improved its Academic All-Big Ten total by 18 student-athletes from merely a year ago.

11/21/2013

Purdue Garners NSCAA Academic Award for 5th Straight Year

Boilers recognized for 3.20 team GPA to make the list for eighth time since 2007.

11/08/2013

Season Recap: Boilers Score Consistently Throughout 2013

Williams & Stuart reach double-figure benchmarks for goals & assists, respectively.

11/02/2013

Boilermakers Lose Season Finale at Iowa, 2-0

Hawkeyes clinch Big Ten Tournament berth & keeps NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

11/11/2013

Melissa Casella 2013 Photo Gallery

Melissa Casella 2013 Photo Gallery

11/11/2013

Purdue Soccer, 2013 Season in Photos

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

10/31/2013

Purdue vs. Minnesota

Purdue vs. Minnesota

10/21/2013

Andy Jessop 4-Game Gallery

Photos from Dartmouth, Illinois, Northwestern & Nebraska games

09/09/2013

Purdue vs. Dartmouth

Purdue vs. Dartmouth

2013 Photo Gallery | 2012 Photo Gallery

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Coach: Matt Ogden
Favorite Pro Stadium: Crew Stadium
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: One Republic
Last Concert She Attended: Steve Means
Favorite Author: Jodi Picoult
Film Favorites
Actor: Morgan Freeman, Actress: Kate Bosworth, Director: Christopher Nolan
Favorite Month: April
Favorite Holiday: New Year's Eve/Day
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Swimming
Another Sport She Enjoys Playing: Racquetball
Favorite Purdue Building: Stewart Center
Favorite Big City: Venice
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

SOPHOMORE / 2013
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.

2012 / FRESHMAN
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.

HIGH SCHOOL / CLUB
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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