Sept. 1, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Purdue women's soccer team fell on Sunday, 2-0, to the 15th-ranked California Golden Bears in the championship game of the California Invitational in Berkeley. With their first loss of the season, the Boilermakers fall to 1-1-0.
"Today, we weren't dangerous up front and Cal was just the better team. They deserved the win," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "It was really good for us to come out here and experience this tough level of competition and with that, we come away with a 1-1 record.
"Against Cal, we were organized and we didn't give up a large number of chances. But, they are a good team and they showed us that there are still quite a few things that we need to continue to work on, in order to prepare for our up-coming Big Ten schedule."
The Boilermakers' signature defense came through again against the Golden Bears, as Purdue held No. 15 Cal scoreless through halftime. But, the Golden Bears proved that they are a nationally-ranked team and a force to be reckoned with when Tracy Hamm put the ball past Purdue keeper Maureen Carey at 58:31.
Then, only five minutes later, Dania Cabello netted the Bears' second goal of the game at 63:37 as she received the ball on a cross from the left and shot under Carey for the score.
The game was a physical contest, with the Boilermakers tallying 16 fouls and the Golden Bears earning 14. A yellow card was also called on Purdue senior captain Tari St. John for a tackle from behind shortly after the half.
In the goal for Purdue, senior Jocelyn Cavalier made her second start of the year and tallied a total of 51 minutes with three saves. Sophomore Maureen Carey came in at the half and saw a total of 37 minutes between the posts, while redshirt freshman Lauren Monica saw a total of two minutes in three brief appearances.
The Boilermakers will return to the field on Friday, when they host the annual Boilermaker Challenge Cup at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Purdue will take on Long Beach State at 4 p.m. on the East Field, while UW-Milwaukee will play Buffalo at 4 p.m. on the West Field. The Boilermakers will play either the Panthers or the Bulls on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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