Aug. 23, 2002
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team rolled over the Wildcats of Kentucky, 4-1, Friday in its second exhibition game at the IPFW Soccer Showcase on the Hefner Soccer Fields.
"Even though we pulled out the large-margin win tonight, we still have a great deal of our game that needs to improve," said Purdue head coach Rob Klatte. "First and foremost, we need to get more organization at all times, instead of small spurts, if we expect to be consistent. But, with that said, I was very happy with our game and out output at times tonight.
"We had timely finishing, which is very important for us right now. Any time you can have Coppedge, who plays less than 10 minutes, and Kent, who plays 20, score two goals, it is huge. We'll continue to focus on the progression of making them, and others who are fighting through injuries, healthy again and then we should really be able to put our best foot forward every game.
"The biggest factor for us as a team has been and will continue to be our depth. In tonight's game, we were totally dominating in the second half and I think that was because we are able to rest and change through our bench of subs, while that continues to wear on and break down the opponents."
The Old Gold and Black came out on the pitch with a strong desire and a will to win right from the beginning. At 7:55, junior forward Jennie Moppert, a Fort Wayne native, was taken down in the box and the Boilermakers were awarded the penalty kick. Junior defender Krystal Pepper opted to go left and put the ball into the corner, just out of the reach of Wildcat keeper Liz Butler.
But, the 'Cats fought back and turned around and tied the game at the 16:06 mark when Elizabeth Ramsey went one-on-one with Purdue's Maureen Carey for the goal.
Purdue remained strong, taking much of the clock time in its half of the field, while Kentucky became frustrated and tired and the Boilermakers continued to clean the bench with their subs through the half.
Then, in the 55th minute, junior forward Annette Kent scored, unassisted, putting the Boilermakers up for good with the 2-1 advantage.
Then, only eight minutes later, sophomore Meghan Dybvig cut down left into the corner and sent the ball across the goal to a waiting Moppert. Moppert narrowly missed cutting off the cross, but chased down the pass and sent it back to the center of the box, where junior forward Courtney Coppedge cut in and scored her second goal of the preseason.
The final 15 minutes of the game were perhaps the most hard-fought on both sides of the ball, with even more fouls and a yellow card on Purdue's Lauren Sesselmann. However, Sesselmann was able to make amends for her unintentional card, as she received credit for the Boilermakers' final goal of the day at 88:43 in an own-goal situation for the Wildcats. Sesselmann had served the ball hard and at the goal, but Kentucky's Ashley Janning knocked it on into the goal for the Boilermakers' fourth of the evening.
For the Boilermakers in the goal, sophomore Maureen Carey took the start and played 28 minutes, while tallying three saves and one goal allowed. Redshirt freshman Lauren Monica saw 33 minutes between the posts and made one save, while senior Jocelyn Cavalier saw 30 minutes and made two saves.
For Moppert, the large victory was more than just a great win, it was the best way she could return to her hometown and shine as that local star that went on to play college ball.
"It was really nice to come home because when you go away to college, people never really know just how well you are or are not doing if they don't see it themselves all the time," said Moppert. "But tonight gave me the opportunity to show that I've continued to work hard, every day, at practice and I still love to play soccer. I was a little nervous before the game started because of just wanting to do well, both for the team and because I knew that so many people had come to see me. But, I had to make myself calm down and remember to play my game, my way.
"On Courtney's goal, I had just missed the cutoff from (Meghan) Dybvig and my momentum just continued to carry me towards the ball. My goal was to just get a good, solid cross back in the middle where someone would be and sure enough, Courtney was there and was able to put it in. But tonight's win is more than just a preseason win for Purdue.
"Next weekend we head out to play in California and we're going up against two really tough teams. It's nice to see that we can finish and be consistent. For us to have scored seven goals in two games is huge. It's unbelievable and awesome and it'll give us the confidence to go out to California on a two-game win streak."
The Boilermakers will take the rest of the week to train at home before they head to the West Coast for their appearance in the California Invitational, where they will take on St. Mary's on Friday and host California on Sunday.