Sept. 5, 2007
By David Brienza
Purdue sports information student assistant
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue came out of the gates quickly, scoring twice in the first 24 minutes, and went on to defeat Xavier 4-1 Wednesday night at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
Goals from forwards Felicia Schroeder and Parrissa Eyorokon combined with strikes from defenders Kira Bilecky and Amy Burrell improved the Boilermakers' overall record to 1-1-1 and dropped the Musketeers to 0-3.
Schroeder, a transfer from South Carolina, put Purdue on the board in the ninth minute after she received a pass from midfielder Kalie Grambeau. Eight yards from goal, Schroeder placed a shot with the outside of her right foot past Xavier goalkeeper Kelly Farrell to score the Boilermakers first points of the season.
Schroeder put in a hardworking performance and just missed another scoring opportunity in the second half when her diving header clanked off the left goalpost.
"I think Felicia was fantastic; she was running all over the place - and in the first half she tucks away a great goal with the outside of her foot, (off a pass) put in wonderfully by Kalie," Purdue head coach Rob Klatte said.
The Boilermakers struck once more in the 24th minute on a rebound of a Shauna Stapleton corner kick. After Stapleton's corner was knocked around the goal box, it rolled out to a waiting Bilecky, who blasted a rocket from 18-yards back.
Purdue's lone error occurred immediately after Bilecky's goal. In the 26th minute, the Boilermakers failed to clear out a Musketeer corner kick and Xavier midfielder Crylanne Wenzel was able to capitalize and reduce the Purdue lead to one going into halftime.
"It was a momentary lapse," said Klatte. "We just didn't get the ball out. We had three opportunities to clear the ball - but that's learning the hard way. We came out in the second half and had a far more attacking mentality - and I think part of that is we put in some kids who haven't played a lot of minutes before today. Competition always does great things for a team's spirit."
Purdue's increased pressure in the second half resulted in two goals on 13 shots and seven corner kick opportunities.
Eyorokon received a pass from sophomore Loredana Riverso on a breakaway and buried one past Farrell from 15 yards out in the 69th minute. Defender Amy Burrell capped the Boilermaker scoring run in the 87th minute, stealing the ball away from Farrell as she attempted to cover it up just outside the six-yard box.
The goal was the first of the West Lafayette native's career.
Purdue travels to Seattle this weekend where it will face the Washington Huskies and top-ranked Portland Pilots at the UW Tournament. The Boilermakers play Washington (0-2-0 ) at 10 p.m. ET Friday and Portland (2-0-0) at 8 a.m. ET Sunday. Both matches will be broadcast over the world wide web at purduesports.com.
A season high 23 Boilermakers competed vs. Xavier, including eight who were making their 2007 debuts ... Wednesday's win snapped a program-worst four-match winless and scoreless streak, which dated back to last 2006 ... senior Caroline Gamache played a career high 48 minutes and took the first shot of her career ... defensive back Kira Bilecky has only record 21 shots in her career, but has four goals to her name; Bilecky has averaged one goal and one assist the last three seasons ... the two shots allowed by the Purdue defense were its fewest since giving up two during a 2-1 loss at Ball State on Nov. 1, 2003 ... Purdue's four goals were its most scored in one game since knocking in four against Wisconsin at home on Oct. 15, 2006 ... the Boilermakers' win over Xavier was its first over an Atlantic 10 opponent; they lost twice to Dayton in 1998 and 1999.