Sept. 8, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team won the annual Boilermaker Challenge Cup championship match on Sunday, defeating Buffalo 4-0, to regain the Challenge Cup title. With the win, Purdue improves to 3-1-0, while the Bulls fall to 0-1-3.
"Today, as a staff, we were most pleased with our work defensively," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "We won the ball in the back half of their end of the field many times, we dominated on both headers and second balls and we created a ton of chances. We were mobile up front and I am happy that we were able to get several offensive chances, but we've talked over and over again about how, if we want to win a Big Ten title, we have to defend as a team. And today we did that."
The Boilermakers began the game with a complete domination of the match at both ends of the field. Even before the first goal of the game, Purdue had outshot the Bulls 12-2. Then, in the 23rd minute, Purdue was finally able to put one of those shots in the hole when senior defender Chrissy Creamer got open on the right side and put the ball out of reach of the Buffalo keeper. Junior forward Courtney Coppedge tallied the assist, her first of the year.
Purdue continued to dominate the game and scored again only five minutes later when Coppedge found the back of the net from about 30 yards out with the assist from sophomore Arin Yarc.
The Old Gold and Black was able to continue its offensive output when the attack continued in the Buffalo half of the field. Junior forward Annette Kent cut to the front of the pack on a breakaway to chase down the ball sent by junior defender Mary Mask, and sent it sailing into the goal again, taking Purdue's lead to 3-0.
The Buffalo team was becoming discouraged, but continued to fight, despite having the ball stripped from them, as the Purdue defense stepped up and took complete control of the game.
The Boilermakers' game-ending goal came in the 42nd minute, when junior Jennie Moppert scored her second goal of the season on a pass from freshman midfielder Jayme-Lee Biamonte`. Biamonte`'s assist was her first of the year and her first as a Boilermaker, tallying her initial career point at Purdue.
Purdue continued its domination of the game, especially on the defensive side of the ball and held the Bulls to their first shutout of the year. It was the third shutout victory of the year for the Boilermakers.
The game took a brief break at the 53rd minute of play, as lightening was seen off in the distance and play was suspended for 45 minutes. Play, however, was resumed for the completion of the tournament.
In the consolation game of the Cup, UW-Milwaukee defeated Long Beach State, 3-1, for third place. An all-tournament team was also selected, with Purdue receiving five votes, Buffalo three, UW-Milwaukee two and Long Beach State one. The following is the Challenge Cup All-Tournament team for 2002:
Offensive MVP -- Jennie Moppert, Purdue
Defensive MVP -- Elise Berry, Purdue
Lauren Doffing, LBSU
Molly Schneider, UWM
Maggie Suminski, UWM
Devon Russell, UB
Robin Aparo, UB
Elizabeth Pfeffer, UB
Mary Masck, Purdue
Tari St. John, Purdue
Jessica Baumhoff, Purdue
Jocelyn Cavalier, Purdue
Lauren Sesselmann, Purdue
The Boilermakers will return to the field on Sunday, Sept. 15, when they travel to Rochester, Mich., to take on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. Game time is set for 1 p.m. EDT.
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