Purdue Hosts Alumni Game, Sesselmann Plays in NWSL Debut

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Fresh off serving as a co-host of the inaugural Golden Petes student-athlete award show April 7, Lauren Varnau was one of the many Purdue alumni that returned to action at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Fresh off serving as a co-host of the inaugural Golden Petes student-athlete award show April 7, Lauren Varnau was one of the many Purdue alumni that returned to action at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex Sunday.
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April 15, 2013

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Alumni Game Photo Gallery  (By David Wegiel/Pinola Photography)


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- During the same weekend that Purdue women's soccer welcomed a group of alumni back to campus for a reunion and friendly versus the active Boilers, alumna Lauren Sesselmann was on the field for the entirety of the inaugural game in the history of the National Women's Soccer League Saturday evening.

The alumni game Sunday -- won by the active Boilers, 6-4, thanks in part to four goals from Kate Fowee -- capped a busy weekend of action for Purdue at the Soccer Complex. The Boilermakers also won a spring game against Michigan, 1-0, Saturday afternoon and hosted an alumni mixer Saturday evening at Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette.

Jill Sarbaugh scored twice and fellow alumna Parrissa Eyorokon and Jordyn Shaffer also accounted for goals Sunday. Jordan Pawlik and Makella Nellams joined Fowee on the score sheet for the active Boilers. Alex Hairston had the game-winner in the second half Saturday against Michigan.

Meanwhile, Saturday evening in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan., Sesselmann started at defender and the went distance in FC Kansas City's 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in the inaugural game in National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) history. FC Kansas City's Renae Cuellar scored the first goal in league history when she found the back of the net in the third minute.

In January, the NWSL announced the allocation of 55 international players to the eight clubs set to compete in the new women's professional league. The club assignments for the 23 American, 16 Canadian and 16 Mexican players included Sesselmann going to Kansas City.

Other current Olympic standouts like Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair, Sesselmann's teammate on Team Canada's bronze-medal winning team at the 2012 Games, played for Portland Saturday evening. Three more NWSL games were played Sunday.

U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of the 23 American players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for their 16 players in NWSL. Although she was born and raised in Wisconsin before joining the Boilermakers, Sesselmann earned Canadian citizenship through her father en route to earning a spot on the Canadian National Team. She played for the Boilers from 2001-05.

Purdue women's soccer closes out its spring schedule Saturday (April 20) with a 1 p.m. game at Dayton.

Alumni Game: Active Boilers 6, Alumni 4
Active Boilers Goal Scoring
Kate Fowee (4)
Jordan Pawlik
Makaela Nellams
Alumni Goal Scoring
Jill Sarbaugh (2)
Parrissa Eyorokon
Jordyn Shaffer

Goalkeepers
Active Boilers
Samantha Rosa
Alumni
Jocelyn Cavalier
Carianne Betts
Yana Lyon

Alumni Who Saw Action
Carianne Betts, 2006-10
Kaitlyn Blacha, 2008-11
Jocelyn Cavalier, 1998-02
Parrissa Eyorokon, 2004-07
Tayler Francel, 2009-12
Kristin Hetzel, 2004-07
Katie Leinert, 2008-11
Yana Lyon, 2008-12
Mary Masck, 2000-03
Kate Mills, 2004-07
Jessica Okoroafo, 2005-09
Crystal Rivas, 2001-2004
Becca Robison, 2003-06
Brookley Rogers, 2008-11
Jill Sarbaugh, 2004-07
Katie Seeger, 2006-09
Jordyn Shaffer, 2004-07
Shauna Stapleton, 2004-07
Lauren Varnau, 2007-11
Arin Yark-Kregic, 2001-04