Sept. 6, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team defeated the Long Beach State 49ers on Friday, 1-0, to advance to the championship game of the annual Boilermaker Challenge Cup. With the win, the Old Gold and Black improves to 2-1-0 on the young season, while Buffalo and UW-Milwaukee tied, 1-1 in overtime, on the West Field. Buffalo will advance to play the Boilermakers, after penalty kicks were used to determine the tournament advancer.
"We are happy to be advancing through to the championship game of the Challenge Cup," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "But, despite the good things we did today, I still think that we can do better and we need to play more intelligently and consistently. We created several good chances today and the whole team was with her and moving forward when Jennie Moppert took her shot for the goal. That's a positive thing.
"We are still nursing some injuries and we need to get a few more people back to healthy, especially with the impending Big Ten season around the corner."
The first half was a difficult one for the Boilermakers' scoring attempts, despite dominating the playing field for the first 30 minutes, if not ultimately the whole game. Purdue outshot the 49ers 8-2 in the first half, but the game was still knotted at zeros after the first 45 minutes. The Boilermakers accomplished the same feat in the second half, causing The Beach's goalkeeper to eventually tally a total of five saves for her efforts between the posts.
It would not be until the 70th minute that junior forward Jennie Moppert found the shot that she had been searching for all afternoon. Off a long drive up the left side of the field, Moppert swung out wide and drove around her opponent when she cut back in towards the middle of the field and shot the ball from the left into the upper right of the goal. The goal was her first official goal of the year, despite tallying two in the intrasquad match and one against Ohio in the first preseason scrimmage of the year.
The game continued and got more physical as time went by. Four yellow cards were issued, including three to the Long Beach State players. The Boilermakers' yellow card came however, not from physical play, but taking too much time to retrieve the ball once out of bounds on a throw in.
Purdue continued to use its depth to its advantage today, with three freshmen seeing significant playing time and one of those, Lisa Perez, taking three (two on goal) of Purdue's 16 shots.
With the win, Purdue will play Buffalo on Sunday in the championship game of the annual Boilermaker Challenge Cup and UW-Milwaukee will take on Long Beach State in the consolation game. Both games start at 1 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
"Buffalo will present a different type of challenge for us," said Klatte. "Today, Long Beach State did some things that we had not had done to us yet this year and that was good for us. But, just the little bit of the Buffalo-Milwaukee game that I got to see, showed me that Buffalo will be fierce competitors. They've earned three ties in their first three games and they will pose a serious challenge.
"We're going to have to move, be organized defensively and be more creative off the wall, in order to get in behind their defenders."
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