Oct. 25, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 13th-ranked Boilermakers defeated the Hoosiers today, 1-0, at the Varsity Soccer Complex. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to 11-3-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers fall to 8-6-2 (4-4-2 Big Ten). The Old Gold and Black also takes both the Titan Series point, putting the Boilermakers in the lead 1-0.5, and the inaugural Golden Boot, the new traveling trophy just for soccer between the two schools.
The shutout was the eighth of the year for the team and senior goalkeeper Jocelyn Cavalier's seventh personal shutout.
"Today, I thought we were very organized," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "We didn't play our best today and that was in large, due to Indiana. They were an organized side and we knew they would be. It was almost as if we were playing ourselves and a mirror image of yourself is very difficult to prepare for. Ultimately, it comes down to small moments in the game and that was what Lauren (Sesselmann) was able to do with her goal.
"Jocelyn also did a great job, especially in the first half. Her defense really kept our game going and gave us consistency. I thought we did an especially good job in the second half of not letting them behind our back line for good shots and in the midfield, we fought and battled, negating their most effective players.
" As for the Golden Boot, we are very happy to have the Boot reside in West Lafayette for the first year. We'll definitely be ready to put it back up for grabs and the challenge of keeping it next year, but I'm glad that we could finally get the trophy together with IU and it's a great thing that just builds on the rivalry that already exists between these two teams."
The Boilermakers and the Hoosiers started the game in the traditional way an IU-Purdue women's soccer game starts. Both teams came out ready to play from the get-go, both teams were ready for very physical play and both teams were ready to hold the other off with their defense.
At the half, the end result was just that. The score was knotted at zero and the Boilermakers had tallied only two shots, while the Hoosiers had taken only four. The challenge in the midfield was tough and continued to be the stalwart of the game. However, the Boilermakers continued to fight and won in the midfield, out-heading and out-touching the Hoosiers on second balls.
The game continued to be a defensive fight on both ends of the field. The Hoosiers turned up the effort and tallied four corners in the second half, but it would be the Boilermakers with their fire power who were able to put the ball in the goal.
In the 88th minute, just as the game looked to go into overtime, the Boilermakers' Arin Yarc sent the ball to senior defender Chrissy Creamer, who centered the ball to sophomore Lauren Sesselmann. Sesselmann was able to flick the ball, turn the corner on an Indiana defender and put the ball past IU keeper Shaunna Daugherty. It was Sesselmann's fourth goal of the year and third in Big Ten play.
In the goal, Cavalier played the entire 90 minutes for her 11th win of the year and her seventh shutout. She tallied six saves, taking her total to 48 on the year.
The Boilermakers will return to the field on Sunday, when they host the Ball State Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Varsity Soccer Complex.