Sept. 12, 2003
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Midfielder Shannon Bradbury made her first career start a memorable one, scoring a goal from 15-yards out in Purdue's 4-0 win over Illinois State Friday afternoon at the Clash of the Conferences.
The two-day, four-team tournament also features the host Fighting Illini and the University of Evansville.
Bradbury's second career score came off a ground cross from Kelly Haxton near the top of the penalty box. After receiving the pass, Bradbury boomed it past goalkeeper Allison Farrigton from the far left corner.
The sophomore, who played all of last season and four games into this season as a reserve midfielder, has scored her two career goals on just three shots.
With the Redbirds (2-1-1) pressing into Purdue territory, Haxton intercepted the ball and cleared it out to Sesselmann, who ran down the right side. Sesselmann took two shots pinned in the box, but the first was deflected by a defender and the second was blocked down by Farrington.
With Farrington out of position, Kent hook kicked the ball in from about four-yards out. The goal was also the first allowed by Illinois State this season.
In their previous matches, Illinois State blanked UW-Green Bay (2-0) and Eastern Illinois (1-0) and played to a scoress tie with UW-Milwaukee.
Purdue put the game out of reach in the 44th minute, on Crystal Rivas' first career goal, which increased the Boilermakers' lead to 3-0.
The initial shot was taken by defender Jenny Kinkead, but was blocked down by Farrington, her fifth save of the half. Emily Whetter picked up the rebound and dribbled out to Rivas, who nailed it in from three-yards out.
Purdue entered halftime with a 13-2 advantage in shots, eight of which were on goal.
Goalkeeper Lauren Mason started and played the entire first half, and while she did not collect any saves, her gutsy play at the top of the box allowed Purdue to maintain its lead.
ISU's best chance to score in the first half came with about 10 minutes remaining, when Robyn Brady was allowed a free kick from the left side of the box. However, her shot sailed right into the side of the net.
Junior Maureen Carey relieved Mason at halftime and made some clutch saves of her own. Midway through the second frame, Illinois State's Michelle Brumbaugh broke through the Purdue defense and moved in to challenge Carey one-on-one, but the veteran goalkeeper was able to snatch Brumbaugh's attempt.
With 12 minutes remaining in the contest, Carey saved a scalding shot taken by Lindsey Soderborg to earn her second combined shutout of the season. Carey and Mason teamed up to blank Marshall, 3-0, in the season opener.
The Boilermaker offense kept the goals coming in the second period when Whetter punched in a ground assist from Haxton. The goal was Whetter's first of the season and third of her career. Whetter's last score came in 2001 in Purdue's 1-0 victory against Indiana.
Purdue's next match is Sunday at noon against the Evansville Purple Aces. Their contest, the first ever between the two teams, will kick off the second day of competition at the Clash of the Conferences.