Sept. 29, 2002
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 19 Purdue women's soccer team fell on Sunday, 1-0, to the No. 13 Penn State Nittany Lions at Jeffrey Field in Happy Valley. With the loss, the Boilermakers fall to 6-2-1 (2-1-1 Big Ten), while the Nittany Lions improve to 7-1-1 (3-0-0 Big Ten). The loss marks the end of the Boilermakers' unbeaten streak which stood at six games and the end of the Old Gold and Black's shutout streak which was three games.
"Today we didn't play well for the first 20 minutes of the game," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "But, we did play very well for the last 25 minutes of the first half and the whole second half. We had several opportunities to score late in the first half, but not many in the second half and Penn State was just a better team than we were today.
"Jocelyn (Cavalier) came up with two really great saves and we kept the game close. Unfortunately, we weren't able to come up with the tying goal. Our defense played well against a team with a very good side and it's disappointing for us to come out of the weekend with only one point."
The Boilermakers' allowed only one goal in the 14th minute, but that goal would be golden for Penn State who only had to contain the Old Gold and Black for the rest of the 90-minute game. Scoring her fourth goal of the weekend was freshman Tiffany Weimer with assists from Leigh Hamilton and Christie Welsh. Weimer recorded her first career hat trick against Indiana on Friday.
Despite the loss, the Old Gold and Black defense continues to make waves in the Big Ten, as they have allowed only six goals in nine games, of which six games have been shutouts.
The Boilermakers outcornered the Nittany Lions, 5-2, but were outshot 10-5.
Between the posts, senior Jocelyn Cavalier continued to work hard, recording six saves in 10 shots faced for the 90 minutes. Cavalier has started every game for the Boilermakers this season and has allowed only four goals for a record of 6-1-1 and a goals-against average of 0.51.
"With Northwestern coming to our place this weekend, we'll return home and buckle down to train this week," said Klatte. "It'll be a difficult game against Northwestern and I'm glad that we'll be at home. Hopefully, we can get Courtney (Coppedge) back healthy and we'll try to get Jess (Baumhoff) back too. We'll go home, regroup and reorganize and we'll come out hard on Friday."
The Boilermakers will return to the field on Friday, Oct. 4, when they host the Northwestern Wildcats at the Varsity Soccer Complex at 4 p.m. Fans unable to attend the game can catch all the action live on Lafayette's 1410 WLAS-AM or on the World Wide Web at www.purduesports.com.
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