Oct. 4, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 22 Purdue women's soccer team tallied another victory on Friday as it defeated the Northwestern Wildcats at home, 2-1. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to 7-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats fall to 3-6-1 overall and 1-4-0 in the Big Ten.
"I thought we played very well for a good 60 to 70 minutes of the match," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "We knocked the ball around well and got numbers forward. We took a couple chances and we created some great chances. I guess that the biggest thing is the disappointment that we've got to finish teams off when we have the chance and we didn't do that. So, kudos to Northwestern for fighting their way back in; they take advantage of an error, suddenly they're back in it and they really had had nothing up to that point except the one ball off the crossbar. Suddenly the game is dangerous and we're under the gun and having to do everything we can to try to keep the ball out.
"But, I'm very proud of some of our young women who played exceptionally well," said Klatte. "Berry was a rock for us in the back. Baumhoff is struggling through with a stress fracture and she's still playing wonderfully well. I'm happy that St. John got that goal and with another fifth-year senior in Creamer stepping up for her second goal of the season from the outside back position, I think we're scoring timely, essential goals."
The Boilermakers began the game with a ton of gusto, as they tallied their first goal in the second minute when senior midfielder Tari St. John found the back of the net off a pass from junior forward Jennie Moppert and sophomore Meghan Dybvig. It was St. John's first goal of the season and Moppert's and Dybvig's first assists of the year.
The Old Gold and Black kept the defense up, while the offense continued to make its attack. The offense would come through again in the 19th minute when senior midfielder Jessica Baumhoff
slotted a pass to St. John who sent it on to senior defender Chrissy Creamer
. Creamer came up with the score, her second of the season, to make it 2-0 in favor of Purdue.
Purdue played strong for the remainder of the half, outshooting the Northwestern Wildcats 5-2 in the first half. Northwestern was determined to rally, however, and came out strong in the second half. They were able to make it a one-goal game in the 77th minute when NU's Kristen Pearce drew out Purdue keeper Jocelyn Cavalier and buried the ball behind her for a slow-rolling score.
At that point, the Boilermakers knew that they could not give up or make any mistakes because Northwestern would be right there to take advantage of anything they could get. However, Purdue's deep bench and ability to rest the starting players would win out in the end, as the 'Cats ran out of steam at the end, falling 2-1 to the Old Gold and Black.
In the goal for Purdue, senior goalkeeper Jocelyn Cavalier tallied 90 minutes and allowed one goal. She made her 10th start of the year and has faced 72 shots for a 0.56 goals-against average.
"Ultimately, we're very excited with the win. It puts us in good step but we've got a super-hard week ahead of us. Going to South Bend on Tuesday and then hosting both Michigan and Michigan State who are both having great years. It's going to be a very challenging weekend for us and we're going to have to perform better than we did tonight and we hope to get results."
The Old Gold and Black will return to the field on Tuesday when they travel to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a 7 p.m. game at Alumni Field. This past week, the Irish fell out of the Top 25 polls but as one of the top programs in the country, the Boilermakers know they will have to work hard and stay focused for a victory against the Blue and Gold.
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