Oct. 8, 2002
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 20 Purdue women's soccer team defeated Notre Dame on Tuesday, 3-1. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to 8-2-1 on the year, while the Irish fall to 7-6-0. The Boilermakers extend their win streak to two games and head into Friday's game against No. 9 Michigan with their first-ever win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It is only the second time since 1993 that an inaugurally visiting team has knocked off the Irish on their home field.
"Today, we were very efficient in finishing the opportunities that we had," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "We approached the second half after scoring three goals and were able to kill off the rest of the game. It was a skilled performance and overall we were organized, battled well and won the ball when we needed to. But, it's a difficult week, as we don't have much time to recover and get back at it for Michigan on Friday."
The Boilermakers began the game with no wasted time, taking the ball to the Notre Dame goal end of the field and sending their first corner kick into the box in the third minute. The Boilermakers were not able to convert, as sophomore Lauren Sesselmann sent the ball in with too much bend and it went behind the goal from the far right side.
Then, after two more good opportunities that Purdue was not able to send into the box, the Boilermakers sent the ball in but it was blocked by an Irish defender. On the rebound, senior defender Chrissy Creamer sent the ball in on a pass from senior midfielder Tari St. John from about 20 yards out and scored her third goal of the season as it sailed over Notre Dame goalie Erika Bohn in the top left corner at 19:33.
Notre Dame attempted to regroup on the kickoff at centerfield, but the Boilermakers were able to regroup more quickly, strip the ball away and head down field again. This time, junior forward Annette Kent sat in the middle of the six-yard box and waited for her teammates to set the play. Junior forward Jennie Moppert received a pass from Sesselmann, sent the ball in to Kent and Kent shot it to the back of the net at 21:36, only two minutes after the first Purdue goal.
Both teams traded possessions back and forth for several minutes until the Boilermakers were able to strike again at the 41st minute when it was Sesselmann who was waiting in the box this time. She had just the opportunity she had been waiting for when Creamer sent a long pass into the middle to Kent. Kent then turned and served back out to Moppert on the right wing who crossed the ball into Sesselmann for the score, her second of the year.
In the second half, Notre Dame came out with a reorganized group and went into the Purdue end of the field, as the tone of the game changed, as well as the Purdue game plan. The Boilermakers were able to hold the Irish to only three shots on-goal, only one of which found the back of the net.
With Purdue's defensive mindset, the Boilermakers denied the Irish space and forced shots from out wide and beyond the 18-yard box. The Irish's first good chance came when senior midfielder Ashley Dryer sent a hard shot in, but it went off the crossbar and over the endline.
The game continued to become more and more physical as the time ticked away on the game clock. First, senior defender Elise Berry gathered her second yellow card of the year after several fouls were called on both sides of the ball.
The physicality of the game continued to escalate with two more cards, this time to two Irish defenders. With their continued forced shots, Notre Dame did not get a good look until the 61st minute. With their first goal, the Irish were able to take the game to 3-1 and destroy the Purdue shutout.
Notre Dame scored on a rebound shot from the left off a cross, as the Irish's second-leading goal scorer Amanda Guertin put the ball past senior goalkeeper Jocelyn Cavalier. Assists were credited to Katie Thorlaskson and Amy Warner. With the goal, Guertin became only the fifth player to score on Cavalier during the 2002 campaign.
The Old Gold and Black continued their fight and defeated the Irish by the score of 3-1.
In the goal, Cavalier tallied her 11th start of the year and played 90 minutes with three saves. She allowed only one goal, her sixth of the year, and her 0.61 goals-against average remains the best in the Big Ten for starting keepers.
The Boilermakers will return to the pitch on Friday when they host the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines in Big Ten action at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Game time is set for 3 p.m. and the came can be heard live via the Internet at www.purduesports.com or around Greater Lafayette at 1410 WLAS-AM with Mark Leddy and Laura Schwenk calling all the action.