Oct. 11, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team handed the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines their third loss of the season on Friday, as they won 1-0 at the Varsity Soccer Complex. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to 9-2-1 on the year, 4-1-1 in the Big Ten and they remain undefeated at home at 6-0-0. The win was the first time the Boilermakers have ever defeated a top-10 team and it is also the first time in the history of the program that Purdue came out victorious against Wolverines.
"Today is a great, great win," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "It is the first time in the five years of our program that we've gotten a result against Michigan and I think that is because we came out and did the things that we do well. We battled throughout the game, we dominated the game in the air, we won more second balls. I think we dominated the flow of play a large amount. We were dangerous on the counter going forward."
The Boilermakers came out strong from the get-go again this game, knowing that they needed to attack early against a great offensive Michigan team. And they did just that. In the first half, the Boilermakers outshot the Wolverines 9-3 and in the first 40 minutes of the game, Michigan was not able to get a single shot off against Purdue's defense and its goalie, Jocelyn Cavalier. However, Michigan's goalie, Suzie Grech, was doing a lot of work against the Boilermakers on her end of the field.
After a half, sophomore Lauren Sesselmann had managed to get four shots off, with one on-goal. One of the Boilermakers' best scoring opportunities of the half came from a shot by junior forward Jennie Moppert that hit off the top of the crossbar, went straight down to the ground and was snagged by Grech.
But, the Boilermakers kept fighting and knew that their hard work, determination and confidence in each other as a team would carry them through.
In the 52nd minute, the patience and persistence paid off for the Old Gold and Black, as Sesselmann received a pass in the middle left of the box from St. John and slotted the ball up and over the Michigan keeper for her third goal of the year.
"It was unfortunate that we didn't get a goal or two in the first half, because we definitely had the run of play. The second half changed a little," said Klatte. "We gave them a couple opportunities where, early-on in the second half, we could have easily found ourselves down a goal or two, but they either shot wide of the mark or we came out with a timely tackle and put ourselves right back the mix. We were able to convert on an opportunity with Lauren Sesselmann scoring and then we did what we do best - we killed the game off in the last 15 to 20 minutes."
The Wolverines did come out with a renewed spirit in the second half, as they quickly tallied four shots in the first 20 minutes of the half, with two of those in the first two minutes of the half. However, in the middle of the Wolverine shooting spree was the Boilermaker goal, killing off some of Michigan's confidence. The Boilermakers also continued their typical defensive play and forced the Wolverines to shoot from far out angles and confined spaces, while the defense stayed organized.
Michigan's best scoring opportunity came in the 74th minute, when Abby Crumpton broke away and went one-on-one with Cavalier. It looked as if Crumpton would capitalize after breaking through the Purdue defense, but the ball was shot and ended up wide, just to the right of the goal.
After that opportunity, the Boilermakers knew they had to finish off the game and ran down the clock the final 15 minutes of the game.
In the game, two yellow cards were issued for physical play and unsportsmanlike conduct; one each to Michigan's Andrea Kayal and Purdue's Elise Berry. It was Berry's third card of the year.
In the goal for the Boilermakers, senior keeper Jocelyn Cavalier tallied her sixth personal shutout of the year and the team's seventh of the season. Her goals-against average improves to 0.55 with the win and her record stands at 9-1-1. In the Big Ten, Cavalier has 4.0 shutouts, is 4-1-1 and has a goals-against average of 0.32 for only two goals allowed - one each against Penn State and Northwestern.
The Old Gold and Black will return to the field when they take on the Michigan State Spartans at the Varsity Soccer Complex at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. Fans can catch all the action at www.purduesports.com or on 1410 WLAS-AM in Greater Lafayette. Mark Leddy and Laura Schwenk bring you all the action live.
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