Oct. 27, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 13th-ranked Purdue women's soccer team dominated the Ball State Cardinals on Sunday, 2-0, for their ninth shutout of the year and their second of the weekend. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to 12-3-1, while the Cardinals fall to 13-5-0. Prior to Sunday's game, all six of the Boilermaker seniors were honored as, well.
"I think today was definitely an entertaining game for our fans," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "Ball State did pose us some problems on the counter-attack, but overall, I think we moved the ball around effectively and we were able to get behind their backs a lot, especially in the second half. I think a lot of our players really stepped up today and battled and our-dueled the opponents. We won a lot of balls in their half of the field and we had a good goal poacher's score when Moppert put that one away in the first half.
"Annette (Kent) played very strong today, as she always does, up top and I think that one of the main things that was key, was that we were able to use our depth to really wear them down. Today was a great win, but we still have two regular season games left and one is a very important Conference game."
The Boilermakers started the game with a ton of gusto, as they outshot the Cardinals 2-0 in the first 2:05 for two BSU saves.
Then, the Old Gold and Black was able to capitalize on their fourth shot of the game, when sophomore Lauren Sesselmann and junior Jennie Moppert went two-on-four with the Ball State keeper and three defenders. Sesselmann swung out wide to the left, approaching the near post and nailed the ball high and hard as the BSU keeper jumped for it. The ball caught the crossbar and bounced right down to the waiting head of Moppert who flicked it just inside the far right post for the score, her sixth of the year, at 7:20. Sesselmann was credited with the assist, her third of the season.
Purdue continued to overpower the Ball State side in every possible way. The physicalness of the game increased and the Boilermakers were able to knock down any and all balls in the air in the midfield, as well as second-touch balls.
Ball State fought back and did not give up, tallying two shots in the first half, both of which were on-goal. But, after 45 minutes, the Old Gold and Black would end the half outshooting the Red and White 8-2 with shots on-goal of 6-2.
In the second half, Purdue came out even more aggressively than in the first half. They would notch their second goal of the game at the 53:12 mark when Sesselmann again sent the ball to a battling Annette Kent in the middle. Kent received the ball, turned and shot for her sixth goal of the year, while Sesselmann earned her fourth assist.
In the goal for the Old Gold and Black, senior Jocelyn Cavalier tallied 90 minutes for her eighth shutout of the year. With the second shutout of the weekend, the Boilermakers set a school record for most shutouts in a single season, while Cavalier also earns credit for both the single-season record (8.0) and the career record for shutouts (16.7). Cavalier's goals-against average improves to 0.61 overall and 0.54 in Big Ten play, while the team's goals-against average falls to a mere 0.68.
"We'll head to Miami (Ohio) on Thursday and we have to be ready," said Klatte. "They are No. 1 in the MAC and they're dangerous up front. Then, on Sunday, we'll play at Illinois for the final Conference game of the year and that game determines both our finish in the Conference regular season standings and our seed for the Tournament."
The Old Gold and Black will return to the field on Thursday, Oct. 31, when they travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at 3 p.m. The Boilermakers and the RedHawks have never met, despite the RedHawks visiting in 2001 for the Boilermaker Challenge Cup tournament.
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