Sept. 5, 2003
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Purdue soccer team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 2-1 decision to Missouri Friday night at the Nike/Tiger Invitational. The four-team, two-day tournament also includes Arkansas and Arizona.
With the loss, Purdue's season record fell to 1-1-1, while Missouri bettered its mark 3-0-0; all wins coming against Big Ten opposition.
The Tigers broke into the scoring column first with a goal by forward Kristen Heil at 22:01 of the opening period; she was assisted by Missouri's leading point-scorer Jennifer Nobis (six).
Last weekend Nobis collected two goals and one assist in games against Iowa and Northwestern.
Nobis came close to scoring the match's opening goal, but her breakaway attempt was derailed by junior goalkeeper Maureen Carey near the top of the penalty box.
Senior Kelly Haxton scored her first goal as a Boilermaker in the 35th minute with a game-tying shot taken from 10-yards out. Haxton, who was assisted by junior Lauren Sesselmann, is no stranger to Missouri since she spent her last three seasons with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
During the 2000 campaign, Haxton scored a goal in the Cornhusker's 2-0 win over then No. 25 ranked Missouri.
Haxton's goal Friday night was also the first allowed by the Tiger's defense this season. In its previous two contests, Missouri blanked Iowa, 3-0, and Northwestern, 2-0.
The assist from Sesselmann served as her first point of the season, and the 41st of her career, tying her with Jennie Moppert on Purdue's all-time career point list.
With time ticking down in the first period, Missouri snapped the 1-1 tie on a goal by forward Shea Swoboda. The shot, which was taken from the middle of the box, sailed over the top of Carey's fingertips and into the top right corner.
After limiting the number of shots taken by Marshall (1) and Eastern Michigan (3) last weekend at home, the Purdue defense had some difficulty keeping Missouri out of the attack zone. Through one period, Missouri held a 7-5 shot advantage, and a 4-3 shot on goal advantage.
The Tigers completed the match with 12 shots, to Purdue's nine.
The Boilermakers gave themselves numerous chances to boost their score throughout the game, including eight corner kicks by Jayme Lee-Biamonte, but the Tiger defense was able to clear the ball out with great frequency. Missouri goalkeeper Stephanie Krawczyk ended the match with two saves and one goal allowed en route to winning her second game of the season.
Carey exited the game with two saves and two goals allowed in opening 45 minutes. Freshman Lauren Mason replaced her at the start of the second period, but Carey re-entered the match with about 120 seconds remaining. Mason then finished the game in net for about the last minute.
Missouri was not ranked entering Friday's contest, but the team did receive votes in both the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz polls. Purdue, the preseason No. 25 in the coaches' poll, slipped from the national rankings after posting a record of 1-0-1 last weekend.
The Boilermakers return to action Sunday at 10 a.m. against the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks (1-2-0). The Lady Razorbacks nipped Arizona 3-2 during the first game of the Nike/Tiger Invitational Friday afternoon.