Aug. 30, 2003
The match, originally slated for Friday afternoon, was postponed to Saturday due to a driving rain storm, which left the Varsity Soccer Complex fields in less than ideal condition.
Gliding over the swamp-like turf, the Boilermakers exploded for 23 shots, 14 of which were on goal. Kent led the team with two goals, while Moppert provided the eventual game winner less than five minutes into the first half.
While the Purdue offense was busy creating shots, the defense nearly prevented Marshall from taking any at all. The Thundering Herd finished the contest with just one shot, which was taken by Lindsay Stetler midway through the opening frame.
"We received great defensive pressure from our players up front," said head coach Rob Klatte, who begins his sixth season at Purdue. "The forwards and midfielders were able to force Marshall into some bad passes, and that allowed the defense to clear out the ball."
Moppert lit the scoreboard in the fifth minute on an unassisted play. The Fort Wayne native managed to scoop up the ball near the outside corner of the box, and quickly zipped it passed Woods into the top right shelf.
Purdue doubled its lead about ten minutes later when Kent knocked in her first of two goals. Kent's insurance score came off an assist from senior Courtney Coppedge.
Kent's final goal came early in the second period. After Woods knocked down Kent's first shot attempt, the Evanston, Ill., native immediately secured her rebound and popped it in from four-yards out.
"I was extremely happy with how the team adapted to the field conditions," said Klatte. "The starters and reserves did a great job of attacking the ball, challenging the Marshall defenders and just being able to keep the pressure on Marshall's end of the field. The fact that both my teams were able to create turnovers bodes very well for us. I think the amount of depth this club has will help us get through the more difficult stretches of the season."
Saturday's match gave newcomer Jorie Grundstrom a chance to reunite with some of her old teammates. Grundstrom came to Purdue after spending her freshman season with the Thundering Herd.
"It was a bit nerve racking early on, but once we got that first goal I breathed a sigh of relief," said Grundstrom. "The pressure applied by us kept them off their game."
Purdue's win over Marshall places them atop the Boilermaker Challenge Cup standings. In addition to earning three points for its victory, the Boilermaker's 3-0 win gives them the goal-differential tiebreaker over Drake, who defeated Eastern Michigan on the west field, 2-0.
If the Boilermakers win or the Bulldogs tie or lose their contest with Marshall, then Purdue will clinch its fourth title in five years. A win over Eastern Michigan on Sunday will also give the soccer program its 50th all-time victory.
The final day of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup resumes Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex, with Purdue battling Eastern Michigan on the east field and Drake and Marshall facing off on the west side.
Purdue's contest against the Eagles will be broadcast live over the internet at www.purduesports.com, and locally on 1410 WLAS-AM. The announcing team of Mark Leddy and Steve Hall are scheduled to begin the broadcast approximately 10 minutes before kickoff.