Aug. 21, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team rolled over the Ohio Bobcats in the team's season-opening scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon, 3-1, at the Varsity Soccer Complex. It was the Boilermakers' first victory of the year, but will not count towards their overall record for the 2002 season.
"I thought we played well tonight," said Purdue head coach Rob Klatte. "We have a lot of things that we need additional work on, but we were able to get the job done by consistently improving during the game.
"As a team, we have traditionally, and still do, rely a lot on our pressuring the opponent into playing our style of game. We did that much better in the second half of tonight's game than we did in the first. Our depth helped with that, as well, but also it gave us a chance to get pretty much every player some time on the field and we had a good showing of enthusiasm from the team both on the field and off the bench.
"Playing again on Friday against Kentucky will give us another chance to really begin to focus for the start of the season and we should be able to improve upon what we worked on tonight for Friday's match."
The Boilermakers started the game with senior Jocelyn Cavalier in goal, while three freshmen and three sophomores who had seen small amounts of time during the 2002 campaign also took the majority of the field positions. Proving that he's stacked with depth, Klatte held most of his 2001 starters on the bench for use as substitutes.
Only 28 minutes into the game, Purdue tallied its first goal of the campaign when junior defender Krystal Pepper took a pass off a left-side corner by senior Jessica Baumhoff and buried it in the net to the left of the Ohio keeper.
The Bobcats countered with the tying goal at 39:41, when Abby Leopold was able to put it in behind sophomore goalkeeper Maureen Carey.
After staying tied 1-1 through the half, the Boilermakers found a hole for junior forward Courtney Coppedge received the pass on the left corner of the box from sophomore midfielder Lori Podell.
With 12 Purdue players seeing action off the bench on Wednesday evening, the Boilermakers continued to try various combinations and numerous positions for each player. The Old Gold and Black are particularly interested in finding that starting and consistent goalkeeper, as Cavalier, Carey and redshirt freshman Lauren Monica continue to vie for that spot on Klatte's squad.
The Boilermakers will return to the field on Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST, when they take on the Kentucky Wildcats at the 2002 IPFW Soccer Showcase in Fort Wayne.
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