Oct. 24, 2003
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Golden Boot and the Titan Series point were brought back to West Lafayette on Friday evening as the Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Indiana Hoosiers, 2-1, at Armstrong Field on the campus of IU.
The Boilermakers and Hoosiers battled for nearly 70 minutes in a scoreless tie before the Purdue offense came to life. Goals by Courtney Coppedge and Annette Kent pushed the Boilermakers past their in-state rivals.
With the win, Purdue improves to 10-3-3 overall and 6-2-2 in the Big Ten, while Indiana falls to 7-8-1 and 4-5-1. The win locked up no worse than a third-place finish for the Boilermakers in the Big Ten.
"This was another Purdue-IU game," head coach Rob Klatte said. "We took some chances in the first half but were unable to convert. Our front line had very good work during the game and they made it pay off in the second half."
After IU defended a corner kick, Kim Comisar tracked the ball and played a diagonal from 30 yards to a cutting Courtney Coppedge, who made a touch past a defender and headed the ball into the lower left corner of the net for the lead goal at the 69:42 mark. The goal was Coppedge's sixth of the 2003 campaign.
"Kim (Comisar) played a perfect pass that caught their defense and keeper off guard," Coppedge said about her goal. "Once I got it, I just buried it into the net. It felt so good because I've been in a slump for so long. I just remember running and hugging Annette (Kent) and Jennie (Moppert)."
Just 2:37 later, Comisar found an open Lauren Sesselmann streaking towards the endline. Sesselmann beat a defender and found a wide open Annette Kent at nine yards. Kent struck the ball from the right side of the goal into the lower left corner for her eighth goal of the season and a 2-0 Boilermaker lead.
Indiana answered with a goal of its own at the 88:43 mark as Carly Everett chipped a misplayed clearing attempt by the Purdue defense into the net from 17 yards for her first score of the season.
The Boilermakers opened the second half with many of its starters on the bench. After a series of substitution leading up to the 65th minute, Purdue's offensive attack jumped on the tiring Hoosier defense. In the next seven minutes, the Old Gold and Black dominated possession in their attacking third and launched an assault on the Hoosier goal, attempting four shots including the two goals.
The first half of play was evenly played, with Purdue's attack dominating possession for the opening 10 minutes and the Hoosiers controlling the attack in the final 10.
The Boilermakers opened the contest with three scoring opportunities. However, the starting trio of forwards in Coppedge, Kent and Sesselmann were unable to convert. Purdue and Indiana played evenly from the 10th minute to the 36th minute.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the first stanza, IU's Emily Hotz drilled a shot from 17 yards towards the corner of the net, but Purdue keeper Lauren Mason stretched out to her right for a diving save to keep the Hoosiers off the scoreboard.
In the final minute of play, Coppedge was fouled just one yard outside of the penalty box in Purdue's attacking third, setting up a direct kick from 19 yards. However, the Boilermakers were unable to take advantage of the opportunity as Sharon Pagorek's attempt deflected off the IU wall and was easily picked up by keeper Shaunna Daugherty to preserve the scoreless half.
Indiana led the first half statistics with seven shots and two shots-on-goal to Purdue's four shots with one on net. The second half numbers favored the Boilermakers, out-shooting Indiana by a 7-5 margin in the second frame.