Sept. 20, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 20th-ranked Purdue women's soccer team downed the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday at the Varsity Soccer Complex, 1-0, in some of the worst field conditions possible. Purdue fought through the three-inch deep water for the win to improve to 5-1-0 (1-0-0 Big Ten) on the year and extends its win streak to four games. The Golden Gophers fall to 5-2-0 (0-1-0 Big Ten) with the loss and had their five-game win streak broken.
"Today we were efficient in our finishing," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "I think we did a good job of defending and we started to sort stuff out after the first 10 or 15 minutes. We started getting better pressure on the ball, as well as moving the ball around more, but we've still got some things we definitely need to work on. In the first half, we got out-dueled in the air and we've got to do better at that, especially in the Big Ten. Heading the ball well wins games for you and is so important to geographically map out where the game is going to be played. We are still striving to play most of the game in their half of the field and when we do that, we're going to end up getting a lot more chances to score.
"Overall, we didn't give up any real scoring opportunities and we didn't let any people in behind our defenders. Jocelyn (Cavalier) didn't have any really difficult saves to make, but with the weather, anything can quickly become a difficult save. But, it's a great win and a great result, but like I told the team, we don't get to elated with the win and we come back out to focus on Wisconsin on Sunday."
In some of the worst wetness the Greater Lafayette area has seen in several months, the Purdue field quickly turned into one of the messiest places possible to play soccer on. Despite the Purdue grounds crew's two-plus hours worth of work, between three and four inches of water stood on most of the field at the start of the game. Then, approximately 15 minutes into the game, the rain began again and certain spots on the field became even more difficult to play through.
The game began quickly for the Gophers, who took immediate control of the ball and headed into the north end of the field toward Purdue senior keeper Jocelyn Cavalier. In the first five and a half minutes of play, Minnesota dominated the play and took five shots and one corner kick before Purdue could even get to the south end of the field.
Then, in a heartbeat, it all changed for the Boilermakers. A long ball sent deep caused a corner to be called in Purdue's favor and senior midfielder Jessica Baumhoff served the ball in to junior forward Annette Kent, who was waiting straight in front of the goal, 12 yards out at 8:38. Kent was able to dribble past the Minnesota keeper who was drawn out when Kent approached the goal. The goal was Kent's third of the season.
After scoring their goal, the Boilermakers took over the domination of the game and continued to push for another score. They would not get one in the first half, but came so close in the second half. Late in the game, Purdue scored what was thought to be another goal, to take the lead at 2-0, but referee Mike Oliver called the goal back on a foul off the ball.
The Gophers continued to fight hard, but weren't able to put the ball between the posts, as Purdue's tough defense held strong yet again for its fourth shutout of the year.
In the goal for the Boilermakers, Cavalier tallied all 90 minutes and made four saves. She remains perfect at 5-0-0 with the victory and reduced her goals-against average to 0.65 for the year.
"We'll still try to do the same things with our game plan for Sunday," said Klatte. "I think we'll just try to change the process of trying to get the ball in behind them. We'll try to move the ball around a little more, but we'll still be rock 'em, sock 'em robots and get behind that back line."
The Boilermakers will return to the pitch on Sunday, when they host the Wisconsin Badgers at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 1410 WLAS-AM in Greater Lafayette or on the World Wide Web at www.purduesports.com. Mark Leddy and Laura Schwenk will provide play-by-play and color, as well as coach and player interviews.
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