Sept. 14, 2003
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Boilermaker offense was in full force Sunday afternoon at the Clash of the Conferences, burying the Evansville Purple Aces, 8-0. Purdue scored its eight goals from seven players, including veteran reserves Krystal Pepper, Arin Yarc and Lindsey Haag.
The eight goals scored by Purdue broke a three-year old record set by the 2000 team, which scored seven goals against Valparaiso. The Boilermakers also broke the record for goals scored in a first half with six; the old record of five was set in 2001 against Butler.
The record-breaking goal was scored by Lauren Sesselmann in the 82nd minute, and was 'assisted' by Evansville goalkeeper Whitney Raeon. The reserve Purple Ace netminder went to clear the ball out, however, her stray kick went right to the Purdue forward, who promptly looped in from over 30-yards out.
"Our plan for every game is to organize, focus and attack, and we consistently accomplished those tasks," said head coach Rob Klatte. "We created and finished chances from all sides of the field, defended in packs and truly maximized our potential for all 90 minutes."
Kent started the Boilermaker scoring run just over two minutes into the game thanks to a well-placed assist from Kim Comisar. The native of West Chester, Ohio, flipped the ball forward to a charging Kent who passed through the Evansville defense with ease and punched the ball past starting goalkeeper Liz Hains.
Hains was blitzed again by Kent just a minute and a half later. This time Kent was assisted by Lauren Sesselmann, who moved untouched down the left-hand side and slotted the ball right to her teammate standing right front of the box. Courtney Coppedge was credited with the second assist.
Kent has two multi-goal games this season and five for her career. Her first multi-goal game of the season came during Purdue's home opener against Marshall on Aug. 30. Kent has scored two or more points in four of the Boilermaker's six games this year.
Sesselmann picked up a second assist several minutes later on a Jennie Moppert header shot from the right side. The goal was Moppert's second of the season; Sesselmann's second assist gave her the team lead with three. Shannon Bradbury also was credited with an assist on Moppert's score.
Pepper boosted Purdue's lead to 4-0 in the first half off a penalty kick. However, the goal was scored under somber conditions, since the Evansville foul by goalkeeper Hains forced Emily Whetter out of the match. Hains received a yellow card.
Goal No. 5 came off the head of junior tri-captain Yarc, who received a perfectly-placed corner kick from the foot of Jayme-Lee Biamonte. The St. Catharines, Ontario native also picked up the assist on goal No. 6, which was knocked in by Haag.
The scores by Yarc and Haag were not only their firsts of the season, but also of their careers. Haag's goal came after Biamonte's shot was deflected back by a Evansville defender. Haag quickly spotted the ball and drilled it past Hains for the easy score.
"Once I hit the ball, I knew it was going in," said Haag. "It was a pretty awesome feeling and I just wish my dad was there to see it. I have scored a few goals in the spring, but it was good to get one that counts."
With two assists in the first half, Sesselmann and Biamonte tied a game record held by Moppert and Jenna Silverman.
The defense anchored by Mary Masck, Sharon Pagorek and Jenny Kinkead helped hold off the Evansville offense, limiting it to just one shot in the first half, which was picked off by starter Lauren Mason.
Mason hasn't allowed a goal since the second period of the Eastern Michigan match on Aug. 31. Last week she blanked Missouri through the last 45 minutes of the game and then shutout the Arkansas Razorback. Friday, Mason kept the Illinois State Cardinals scoreless through the opening frame and accomplished the same feat Sunday against Evansville.
Junior Maureen Carey again relieved Mason at the start in the second half and helped the team record its third consecutive shutout victory and fourth of the season.
The offense's first goal of the second period was scored by Jorie Grundstrom, her second of the season. Haag and Crystal Rivas were credited with the assists. Haag's assist was her first since helping Jessica Baumhoff in the infamous 7-1 whipping of Valpo in 2000.
The Evansville offense challenged Purdue a handful of times in the second half. On the Ace's first attempt, Carey made a catch save coming out of the box and then several minutes later, Lori Podell cleared out an Evansville corner kick. Evansville forward Brook Kennedy had two nice looks at the net, but twice was pressured into taking bad shots by defenders Pepper and Meghan Dybvig.
Purdue begins Big Ten competition next weekend with trips to Minnesota (Sept. 19) and Wisconsin (Sept. 21). The Boilermakers defeated both of these teams at home last season, each by a score of 1-0.
"The season starts again on Friday; everyone comes in with a 0-0 record," said Klatte. "The question going into conference play is whether or not we can consistently convert on our chances. If we do, then we'll be successful."