Aug. 31, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue and Eastern Michigan soccer teams battled to a 2-2 tie on a soggy Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex. The game was called after the end of regulation because an unrelenting rain storm.
The tie prevented the Boilermakers (1-0-1) from winning their fourth Boilermaker Challenge Cup in five years. The 2003 title went to the Drake University Bulldogs (2-0-0), who finished with a pair of shutout victories during the two day, two-match tournament. Drake won 1-0 over Marshall on Sunday, and topped Eastern Michigan, 2-0, Saturday morning.
The Boilermakers placed second, followed by Eastern Michigan (0-1-1) and Marshall (0-2-0).
The Purdue offense came out firing as forward Kim Comisar scored 22 seconds into the match; giving her the fastest goal scored in Boilermaker history. The previous record of 50 seconds was set by Lauren Sesselmann against Butler on October, 28, 2001.
Comisar picked up the loose ball in the middle of the box and drilled it past starting goalkeeper Courtney Ward to give Purdue a 1-0 lead. The ball was brought down the right side by Jennie Moppert, who then attempted to pass it towards the middle to one of several Purdue attackers. After the ball had bounced off a few defenders, Comisar came through with the easy score.
For the second straight day, Purdue applied a tremendous amount of pressure on the Eastern Michigan offense, limiting them to only three shots all game. However, the Eagles made the most of their few opportunities.
Eastern Michigan knotted the score at 1-1 on a goal by Jessica Hupe. The forward netted the ball into the far right corner of the net, after Purdue goalkeeper Lauren Mason came out to make a stop near the top of the box. Hupe was assisted on the play by Meghan Williams.
The teams entered halftime tied at 1-1, even though Purdue outshot Eastern Michigan, 9-2, in the opening frame.
A Purdue foul recorded three minutes into the second period set up the Eagles' second score of the afternoon. Taking a free kick from just outside the top left corner of the box, midfielder Abi Morrell was able to find Shannon McIntyre, who promptly headed it past Mason.
The Boilermakers responded two minutes later with a goal from Krystal Pepper, taken from the top of the penalty box. It was Pepper's first goal since Sept. 9, 2001 against Portland State. Pepper was assisted by Courtney Coppedge, who leads the club with two assists this season.
Again in the second period, Purdue outshot Eastern Michigan, 6-1, but the Eagle defense blocked out three of those shots, and Nikki Allen's save of an Annette Kent blast with ten minutes left, helped preserve the tie.
Kent was named the tournament's offensive MVP, despite being held to three shots Sunday. The senior forward led all players with four points, after netting two goals Saturday against Marshall. Kent, Sesselmann and Moppert represented Purdue on the all-tournament team.
The tie not only prevented the Boilermakers from catching Drake in the challenge cup standings, but it also kept the them from securing the soccer program's 50th all-time win. Purdue will now attempt to win game No. 50 Friday night at Missouri during the opening round of the Nike/Tiger Invitational.
Purdue's next home contest is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. against Big Ten rival Penn State.
Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team
Drake: Andrea Schmitz, Jesse Jandasek, Kate Stack, Bailey Walkup, Lindsey Portiscano
Marshall: Ellerie Karl, Ashleigh Woods
EMU: Jessica Hupe, Tricia Roberts
Offensive MVP: Annette Kent - Purdue
Defensive MVP: Kate Stack - Drake