Aug. 22, 2003
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Purdue soccer team's explosive offense picked up where it left off last season with a convincing 4-1 win over Butler this afternoon at the IPFW soccer showcase.
Purdue collected its goals from seniors Emily Whetter, Annette Kent and Courtney Coppedge, and from junior Lori Arnold. Defensively, the Boilermakers received an outstanding performance from rookie goalkeeper Lauren Mason, who blanked the Bulldogs through the first half on three saves.
The Boilermakers offense finished the exhibition with 11 shots on goal, while Mason and junior goaltender Maureen Carey combined for five saves and the victory.
Butler collected 13 shots (seven on goal), and its goaltending trio of Katie Sanders, Megan Cappa and Amber Stauch recorded seven saves.
After the Boilermakers rattled off several consecutive shots on goal, Kent finally connected at 23:50 on an assist from Whetter. The fleet-footed Kent dribbled a pass from Sesselmann via Whetter out to the middle of box and fired it right past Sanders.
Fifteen minutes later, Coppedge doubled the Purdue lead on a second assist from Whetter, which was also fired from the center of the box. Purdue completed the first half with 11 shots (seven on goal), while Butler pushed forth seven (four on goal). Kent led the Purdue offense with four shots, three of which were on goal.
Arnold and Whetter put the game further out of reach with a pair of second period goals against Butler backup goaltenders Cappa and Stauch. Freshman Rebecca Robison assisted on Arnold's goal in the 69th minute, and Sesselmann picked up the assist on Whetter's score in the 81st minute.
Mason was largely unchallenged through the opening minutes of the first period, but came up big on shots taken by Butler's Meredith Buemi and Maura Murphy towards the latter half of period one. The Boilermaker defense was imperative in preserving the shutout, blocking two shots and saving another with Mason out of position.
Mason tipped Buemi's first shot out of the goal with a diving effort to the right, and dove left to knock away Murphy's attempt. Buemi's second shot on goal was blocked by the Purdue defense.
Buemi's final shot of the match prevented the shutout, with her cross shot into the far left corner of the net past a diving Carey.
Purdue's next match is an exhibition contest against the Ohio Bobcats, scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. The Boilermakers kick off their regular season with a first-round Boilermaker Challenge Cup match against the Marshall Thundering Herd next Friday at 4 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex.