Aug. 24, 2003
ATHENS, Ohio - The Purdue Boilermakers collected a 2-1 overtime win over the Ohio Bobcats Sunday afternoon at Chessa Field, courtesy of a game-winning goal scored by senior Jennie Moppert seven minutes into overtime.
The winning goal was set up after a shot by Kim Comisar went wide right; however, Ohio goalie Megan Meglaughlin couldn't handle the ball as it slipped out of bounds.
On the ensuing corner kick by sophomore Jayme-Lee Biamonte, Moppert quickly gained control of the ball, dribble around a defender and scored her first points of the 2003 exhibition season.
Goals were also scored by Purdue's Kelly Haxton and Ohio's Christel Schiering in a well-played defensive matchup.
Down by one entering the second period, Purdue knotted the contest at 1-1 after a direct free kick from Biamonte found Haxton, who promptly headed the ball into the left corner past reserve goalkeeper Melissa Parra.
Biamonte's free kick from the top left corner of the box was set up by an Ohio foul committed deep in its own territory.
The Bobcats would quickly move the ball back down field, where they rifled off a flurry of shots against freshman goalkeeper Lauren Mason, who came out unscathed.
Ohio's Natalie Grein took the first shot, which bounced off the post to teammate Tiffany Horvath, whose own attempt was knocked down by Mason. Schiering immediately ran to the ball and scored the apparent go-ahead goal, but Ohio was called offsides and the point was negated.
The home team also came close to scoring in the 66th minute, but Mason was able to tip Schiering's shot over the top of the net.
Mason played a solid second half and overtime, compiling three saves in 52:05 minutes.
The Bobcats opened the scoring at 31:44 of the first period with a strike by Schiering into the lower left corner of the net. Purdue goalkeeper Maureen Carey made a diving save attempt, but the ball managed to roll off her fingertips.
Carey completed the match with one save in 45 minutes played.
A senior, Schiering led the Bobcats last season with 33 points. The forward has amassed 35 goals in her career, which ranks her first in school history and fifth all-time in the Mid-American Conference.
Purdue's reserves started the game against Ohio's first-team and were able to hold their own through much of the first half. The Boilermaker bench was able to muster three shots on goal during the first 25 minutes of play, but Meglaughlin saved them all.
The Boilermaker's first team-offense also had their troubles with Meglaughlin and the stingy Bobcat backfield in the opening period. First, a shot by Moppert was blocked by the Ohio defense, before a few more were picked off by Meglaughlin. Then, with 10 ticks left on the clock, Courtney Coppedge's game-tying attempt ricocheted off the post and into Meglaughlin's arms for the save.
Purdue outshot Ohio in period one, 9-3, and held a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. Through two periods, the Boilermakers outshot the home club, 21-8, and in shots on goal, 6-5.
The Boilermakers next contest is scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. against Marshall in the opening round of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. Purdue, which has one three of the previous four Challenge Cups, will also battle Eastern Michigan during the two-day, four-team tournament. Drake University completes the four-team field.
Since Purdue's coaches are still searching for a few soccer talents hidden on campus, they'll conduct an open tryout on Monday, Aug. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex (corner of Cherry and McCormick roads). Purdue soccer hopefuls should being all necessary equipment including, cleats and shinguards. The soccer team will also be providing transportation to the soccer field, which will leave from Mackey Arena (Gate 'E') at 3:45 p.m.
For more information regarding the open tryout, contact head coach Robert Klatte at 765-496-3396.