Sept. 21, 2003
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue Boilermakers held off the Wisconsin Badgers, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Courtney Coppedge provided the match's only goal on an assist from Sharon Pagorek at 3:53.
Coppedge's score was her fifth of the season, and second in as many games, tying her with Annette Kent for the team lead. Defender Pagorek picked up her first point of the year providing the assist from right midfield.
Pagorek dribble the ball up the right side and found Coppedge and Kent streaking up the center with a few Wisconsin defenders in tow. Coppedge maintained control of the ball upon its landing, avoided her defenders and knocked the ball past starter Stefani Szczechowski, who was out of position near the top of the goal box.
Pagorek and her defensive cohorts did everything they could and more to keep the home team off the scoreboard. Purdue's defensive unit helped clear out 13 corner kicks, while surviving 14 shots, five of which were saved. One of the biggest saves was made by defensive midfielder Kelly Haxton after she deflected out a shot by Jenny Kundert.
Haxton also blocked a shot taken by Amy Vermeulen and cleared out a corner kick.
Purdue goalkeeper Lauren Mason made three clutch saves in the first period, including one taken by Marla Froelich as time expired. The freshman keeper also made a diving stop off a shot rifled off by Allison Priess.
Wisconsin held a 7-4 shot advantage after the first 90 minutes, and a 8-1 lead in corner kicks. The Badgers finished the game with a 14-7 shot advantage and 12-3 lead in corner kicks.
The Boilermaker defense continued to keep up with the Badgers through the opening portion of the second half. Mary Masck cleared out a free kick by Kundert and blocked a shot from Kara Kabellis, while Mason's aggressive play stuffed an attempt by Katy Lindenmuth.
Wisconsin's corner kick in the 53rd minute nearly tied the game at 1-1. The kick by Bethany Henie landed on the far side to a waiting Priess, whose shot was tipped saved over the net by Mason. On the follow-up corner kick, a shot attempt by Froelich was smothered on the ground by Mason.
With the shutout victory, Mason remains undefeated at 6-0-1 and extened her scoreless streak to 444:42.
One of the best saves of the second half came during the 67th minute, when Pagorek blocked a shot by Froelich, which was taken from in front of the net in point blank range. Three minutes later Pagorek knocked out a shot from Kabellis, who was ready to make her turn and go for the goal.
Jenny Kinkead's defensive skills also frustrated Wisconsin's attackers, as she continually intercepted the ball within the goal area.
The Badgers were forced to play a woman short for the final 13 minutes after Szczechowski was handed a red card for a hand ball violation outside the penalty box. Kim Comisar nearly provided an insurance goal, but her free kick attempt bounced off the right post.
Szczechowski came out of the box to derail a scoring attempt by Annette Kent.
Maria Boncyk relieved Szczechoski, and was later replaced by Jessica Ring, who normally plays on the offensive side of the ball.
The Boilermakers return home to the Varsity Soccer Complex next weekend to host matches vs. No. 11 Penn State (Sept. 26), and No. 12 Ohio State (Sept. 28). Both matches will be aired locally on 1410 WLAS-AM and over the internet at www.purduesports.com. The broadcast team of Mark Leddy and Steve Hall will call the action.