Oct. 29, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Lauren Sesselmann scored both Purdue goals in the Boilermakers 2-0 triumph over Indiana State Wednesday afternoon at the Varsity Soccer Complex. The goals were the eighth and ninth of the season for Sesselmann, tying her team record for most goals in a season.
Sesselmann scored nine goals as a freshman during the 2001 season. The Green Bay native has 24 goals in her career, which is second all time behind senior Annette Kent (30).
The win boosted Purdue's overall record to 11-3-3, while the Sycamores fell to 6-10-2. Last Friday, the Boilermakers completed their Big Ten slate with a 6-2-2 (.700) record, after defeating Indiana, 2-1, in Bloomington. Purdue's conference win-loss record is their best ever since starting Big Ten play in 1998.
The Purdue offense, which has been quite lively over the last three matches, was absolutely on fire Wednesday as it tied a team record with 35 shots; 14 of them on goal. Everyone in the starting lineup recorded at least one shot, with the exception of goalkeeper Lauren Mason and defender Mary Masck.
Purdue blasted 35 shots against Eastern Illinois during their first-round NCAA playoff game last season, however, that match was a double-overtime affair. The Boilermakers' record for most shots on goal is 17, which they recorded vs. DePaul on Aug. 25, 2000.
From the very start of the match, the Purdue offense peppered the Indiana State defense with a number of shots, but Sycamore goalkeeper Carey Patton made several great saves to keep the Boilermakers off the board in the opening minutes.
Patton was eventually exposed in the 11th minute, when she couldn't handle a Kim Comisar shot that bounced right over to Sesselmann. The junior forward then drilled the ball in from the right post.
Patton dove to her left to make the initial save off Comisar's shot, but the ball grazed off her fingertips to an unguarded Sesselmann.
Exactly 20 minutes later, Sesselmann struck again, beating Patton and a Indiana State defender at the top of the penalty box. Jayme-Lee Biamonte was given the assist, after she looped the ball forwards to Sesselmann, who then maneuvered around the defenders and kicked it into the net with ease.
Biamonte's arched pass to Sesselmann forced Patton to leave the net, in an attempt to catch the ball inside the 18-yard line. However, Sesselmann was able to slide the ball down to her feet and elude her defenders.
The two-goal game is Sesselmann's second of the season, and the fourth of her career. Earlier this season, Sesselmann scored twice vs. Penn State on Oct. 26.
Purdue's offense continued its relentless attack throughout the first period, launching 20 shots. But Patton remained steady on her feet and recorded seven first-half saves. Patton robbed nearly everyone on the Boilermaker roster, from midfielder Comisar to defender Jenny Kinkead, and wound up with 12 saves for the game.
Patton's 12 saves were one short of the Purdue opponent record of 13, set by DePaul's Kelly Kaiser on Oct. 9, 1998.
Defensively, the Boilermakers played an almost flawless game, allowing just eight shots. Most of the shots taken by the Sycamores were taken from well beyond the penalty box, as they had difficulty breaking past Purdue's stingy defensive line (Masck, Kinkead and Sharon Pagorek). Goalkeepers Mason and Maureen Carey each played a half, and combined for six saves.
Indiana State was handed a few scoring opportunities, on foul and corner kicks, but couldn't come close to breaking through Purdue's defense. Pagorek, Masck and Kinkead did an excellent job all game of clearing out the ball and intercepting errant passes.
Purdue's next match is Saturday, Nov. 1 at Ball State, and will serve as their regular-season finale. With a win over the Cardinals, the Boilermakers will complete their year with 12 regular-season wins, tying last year's team record. Purdue completed the 2002 campaign with 14 victories, after defeating Indiana and Eastern Illinois in the postseason.
The Boilermakers will not have much time to rest following the Ball State match, as they begin preparing for their Big Ten Tournament contest against Indiana. The archrivals kick off in Madison, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. (EST). Soccer fans can log onto the Big Ten's women's soccer web site at www.BigTen.org for more information.