X Marks The Spot

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Felicia Schroeder's goal in the ninth-minuted spurred Purdue's 4-1 win over Xavier.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Felicia Schroeder's goal in the ninth-minuted spurred Purdue's 4-1 win over Xavier.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 5, 2007

Box Score

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.‎

Notes
‎ 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.