Oct. 31, 2002
OXFORD, Ohio - The 13th-ranked Purdue women's soccer team tied the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Thursday, 1-1, at the Miami Soccer Field Field in Oxford, Ohio, in one overtime period. With the tie, the Boilermakers stand at 12-3-2 on the year and the RedHawks move to 15-2-2.
"Today, we simply didn't play a whole 90 minute game," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "We did an excellent job of coming out strong and we scored our goal very quickly. But, then we didn't continue to attack their defense and we started to sit back. We gave them chances where they could get in behind us and be dangerous and they're a team that if you give them the opportunity to be dangerous, they will be.
"They were able to score off a corner kick when they got Lindsay Dunmead in between Cavalier and Merritt and we have to learn to defend better than that off set plays. After they scored, we started to pick up the play again, but it wasn't enough and we didn't capitalize on the quality looks that they gave us.
"So far this season, we've been a team that has been able to get ourselves out of tight spots and get timely goals. Today, that didn't happen even though we had several opportunities as we dominated the last 20 minutes of regulation and the entire overtime period. But, that's the game of soccer."
The Boilermakers began the game firing away at Miami, tallying their first corner kick at only 42 seconds into the game. Then, at the 2:56 mark, sophomore forward Jennie Moppert broke through the defense and crossed the pass to sophomore forward Lauren Sesselmann, who one-touched the ball and buried the goal, for her fifth score of the year. Sesselmann's shot was the first of the game and the Boilermakers were up, 1-0.
Despite outshooting the RedHawks 7-1 in the first half and senior goalie Jocelyn Cavalier not having to make any saves, the Old Gold and Black were not able to capitalize on any more shots in the first half and the score remained 1-0, Purdue through the halftime period.
In the 60th minute, the Miami squad was able to capitalize on a set play from a corner kick, as redshirt freshman Lindsay Dunmead headed the ball past senior goalie Jocelyn Cavalier for her first collegiate score. It was only the 10th goal Cavalier has allowed all year.
The game continued, knotted at 1-1, until the 90th minute when regulation time ran out. The Boilermakers and the MAC Champion RedHawks played one 10-minute overtime period. However, despite still being tied at 1-1, the game was called for darkness.
The Boilermakers will return to the field to wrap up their regular season on Sunday, Nov. 3, when they travel to Champaign, Ill., to take on the Fighting Illini. The game is the rescheduled game from Oct. 18. Game time is 5 p.m. CST and will be played at the Illini Soccer Field. The late game time is to allow for the Chicago Bears to play in Memorial Stadium on the Champaign campus.
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