Sept. 27, 2002
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Purdue women's soccer team tied the Buckeyes today at Ohio State, 0-0, in double overtime. With the tie, the Boilermakers stand at 6-1-1 (2-0-1 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes move to 3-4-1 (1-0-1) Big Ten.
Today's shutout was Purdue's fourth in a row and the Boilermakers' unbeaten streak continues at six games for the best start in school history.
The Boilermakers' first no-result scoring opportunity came in the seventh minute, when the whole right side of the field opened up for senior midfielder Jessica Baumhoff to pass off to junior forward Annette Kent and on to sophomore forward Lauren Sesselmann. Sesselmann was able to beat two OSU defenders and fend off one more before she opened up against the Buckeye keeper, only to cross the ball to the far side of the field where no one was able to make their way through the defense.
The game remained a defensive stalwart through the first half, as neither team was able to convert on any of its chances to put the ball between the posts. Ohio State was able to outshoot the Boilermakers 6-3, as Purdue goalkeeper Jocelyn Cavalier made two saves in the first 45 minutes of play. With three shots and only one on-goal, the Old Gold and Black was not able to put together a threatening offensive attack, but rather traded possessions with the Buckeyes for most of the 45 minutes.
The second half began as a different game with the Boilermakers taking three shots within the first 12 minutes of the game to even the shot differential to merely one at 10 to 9 in favor of the Buckeyes as the period came to an end.
The Boilermakers' first great scoring opportunity came in the first overtime period with 3:47 left, as Sesselmann received a pass from junior forward Jennie Moppert and approached the goal on the near side of the field. Shooting from about six yards out, the ball went just wide, catching the corner of the side of the net.
Rebounding from the goal kick, senior defender Chrissy Creamer fired a shot at the net that went just wide and then with only 0:37 left in the first overtime period, Kent put a hard shot toward the goal that hit the crossbar and went over the end line.
In the second overtime, Purdue continued its complete domination of the field with three shots to Ohio State's one, but was unable to bury any behind the OSU keeper.
The Boilermakers will return to the field on Sunday when they travel to University Park, Pa., to take on the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions at Jeffrey Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m. EDT.
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