Aug. 18, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Golden Dream Team, led by assistant coach K.C. Crabb, blanked assistant coach Sue Moynihan's Black Bruising Bombers, 1-0, Monday afternoon in an intrasquad match held at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Both clubs combined for just eight shots, but Emily Whetter's kick at 6:07 proved to be the game winner.
"My team's work rate was excellent," said Crabb. "We had one goal in mind coming into this contest and we worked hard to get it accomplished."
Whetter's goal was set up by junior Lauren Sesselmann, who pushed the ball out to Whetter coming up on the right side. With little defense in her way, Whetter quickly looped the ball past junior Maureen Carey into the top right corner of the net.
Despite being tagged with the loss, Carey made a pair of saves off shots by Jennie Moppert and Sesselmann. The shutout victory was earned by freshman goaltender Lauren Mason, who completed the contest with one save in 50 minutes.
"We have a real nice dual going on between our two goalkeeping candidates," said Purdue head soccer coach Rob Klatte. "Both Mason and Carey are playing admirably well, which is good for them and the entire team."
Senior Courtney Coppedge attempted to generate an offense spark for the Bombers midway through the second period, launching two consecutive shots; however her first traveled wide left and the other was picked off by Mason. Coppedge and Sesselmann led all players with two shots.
"I was quite happy with what I saw our here; the team is working very hard and is gelling in the process," said Klatte. "Our young players are quickly adjusting to the college game, the front line is playing extremely well, and I think the team's depth will further improve once Kelly Haxton gets back from the Pan-Am Games."
The Boilermakers will run through four more practices this week before departing Friday for the IPFW Soccer Showcase. Purdue's match against Butler opens the three-day showcase beginning at 3:30 p.m. Purdue alumni are invited to attend a tailgate party, free of charge, on Friday afternoon from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the tent near the soccer fields; for more information regarding the IPFW Soccer Showcase, log onto www.ipfw.edu/soccer.