Nov. 1, 2003
MUNCIE, Ind. - Dee Nocero's goal off a Kate Nadalin corner kick in the 59th minute proved to be the game-winner in Ball State's 1-0 triumph over the Boilermakers Satruday afternoon at the Ball State Soccer Complex. Over 600 fans were in attendance to watch the upset, making it the largest crowd ever to watch a women's soccer game at Ball State.
The Cardinals had difficulty taking shots against the Purdue defense for about the first hour, but they had no problem breaking through the Purdue defense on their first and only corner kick opportunity. The kick, taken by Nadalin, sailed over three-quarters of the goal box and landed right in front of Nocero, who quickly punched the ball into the net for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.
The goal was only the fourth allowed by Purdue this season in the second period. The Boilermakers have outscored their opponents in the second period, 17-4, through 17 matches.
Purdue took 11 corners in the game but could not convert any of them into scores. The Boilermakers had three straight chances with 15 minutes remaining, but the Cardinal defense stepped up and kept Purdue off the scoreboard. On the Boilermaker's first corner kick attempt, backup goalie Allison Becker tipped the ball out of bounds, setting up a second kick.
Off the second kick, Sharon Pagorek headed it perfectly towards the net, but defender Sarah Maxwell made a team save standing at the left post. Purdue's third corner kick was then cleared out.
As time was running out, Purdue launched a few tough shots, but Becker and the Ball State defense was up to the task once again. Forward Jennie Moppert mustered two shots in the final seconds, but the first resulted in a Cardinal team save and the second was blocked near the top of the goal box by an opposing defender.
Statistically, Purdue controlled the game in every aspect. The Boilermakers out shot the Cardinals, 16-2; had 11 corner kicks to Ball State's one and controlled the ball for roughly three-quarters of the contest.
Purdue goalkeeper Lauren Mason was forced to make one save in 85 minutes of play. She and Maureen Carey subbed in and out over the final five minutes, but Carey came out unscathed, allowing no goals or making any saves.
In the first half, Purdue's defense did their part to keep Ball State off the scoreboard, holding the Cardinals shotless through the opening 45:00. The Cardinals gave themselves just one opportunity to score, on a throw in from outside the corner, but Pagorek headed the ball back towards midfield.
Ball State's defense proved to be just as stingy in the first half, despite five shots rifled on goal by the Boilermakers. Most of Purdue's eight shots came off of its five first-half corner kicks.
The closest Purdue came to scoring in the first frame was when Ball State goalkeeper Megan Swafford nearly dropped a Shannon Bradbury looper into the Cardnial net. The ball bounced right off Swafford's gloves, but she was able to catch her drop just as it was about to cross the goal line.
Purdue goes back to work Thursday with a first-round Big Ten Touranment match against Indiana. The match, which takes place in Madison, Wis., will kick off at 1:30 p.m. For complete coverage of the Big Ten Tournament, click on the link provided off the Purdue women's soccer page at www.purduesports.com.