Oct. 17, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 14th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Northwestern Wildcats Friday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Junior forward Lauren Sesselmann scored the Boilermakers' lone goal in the 89th minute off an assist from Kelly Haxton.
The goal was the seventh this season for Sesselmann, tying Annette Kent for the team lead in goals and points (19). In eight Big Ten games this year, Sesselmann has collected 14 points on six goals and two assists.
Haxton's assist, her fourth this season, was sent in from midfield to Sesselmann, who ripped the ball into the lower left corner of the net past Wildcats goalkeeper Whitney Jones.
It was the only blemish on an otherwise flawless game for Jones and the Northwestern defense, which allowed just nine shots.
Northwestern jumped on the scoreboard in the 36th minute on a Carolyn Hack goal, her first of the season. The assist came from Molly Green, who slotted the ball to Hack standing near the top left corner of the penalty box. Hack's shot was planted into the upper left corner of the net, past Purdue goalkeeper Lauren Mason.
Mason was challenged often in first period, making three saves on seven shots. The freshman netminder and the Boilermaker defense survived three Northwestern corner kicks, as well. Mason did not record any saves in the second period, as the defense limited the Wildcats to three shots.
However, it was a defensive miscue which was responsible for the second and decisive goal.
While attempting to clear a cross out of the goal box, Jenny Kinkead accidentally headed the ball into the Purdue net. Kinkead was defending the Wildcats' Ashleigh Garmon in the goal box when the cross came in from the left midfielder, but the pass cleared Garmon's head and into Kinkead.
The goal, termed as an own goal, was the first allowed by Purdue this season. The Boilermakers' were a beneficiary of one during their 4-1 win at Iowa on Oct. 5.
Purdue continued to fight for the remaining 35 minutes, but Northwestern's defense kept the Boilermakers' offense bottled up tight.
"I am proud of the way my team played in the last minutes, but we were in too big of hole after the own goal was scored," said Purdue head coach Rob Klatte. "We gave ourselves a lot of chances, we didn't quit, and still believed we could win right until the very end."
Purdue's next home game is against the 20th-ranked Fighting Illini of Illinois, which is currently tied with Purdue for second place in the Big Ten.
"Against Illinois, we need to show up the way we were playing the last 30 minutes, with drive, intensity and pressure," said Klatte. "Hopefully today's loss will motivate them to play better."
The Illinois match, slated to start at 1:05 p.m., will be aired live locally on WLAS 1410-AM and over the World Wide Web via www.purduesports.com. The broadcast team of Mark Leddy and Steve Hall start calling the action ten minutes prior to each game.
Purdue's nine-member senior class will be recognized prior to the start of the Illinois match. The nine veterans being honored are: Courtney Coppedge, Lindsey Haag, Haxton, Kent, Kinkead, Mary Masck, Jennie Moppert, Krystal Pepper and Emily Whetter.