Nov. 2, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 8 Purdue Boilermakers won't be entering the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 1 seed, but they played like it Friday, whipping Indiana 7-0 at the Varsity Soccer Complex.
Despite leading the Big Ten in nearly all offensive categories, Purdue finished second to Penn State where it counted most. PSU placed first in the conference standings at 9-1, while the Boilermakers were a close second at 8-1-1.
The Nittany Lions' 1-0 win on the road Friday night at Ohio State earned them a 10th-straight Big Ten title.
The Boilermakers' runner-up finish to the Queens of the Big Ten should not diminish any of their accomplishments. Big Ten Champions or not - the 2007 Boilermakers turned the women's soccer world on its head and produced one of the best all-around seasons in the history of Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics.
And what Purdue did this season, both on offense and defense, was neatly summarized in its 90-minute beating of the Hoosiers.
The scoring attack was relentless as Purdue recorded two goals in the first six minutes and five in just over a half hour. The Boilermakers then added two more goals within a three-minute span early in the second half.
Neither team scored more than two goals over the other in 10 previous meetings, yet it was 3-0 by the 13th minute. The Boilermakers are now 9-1-1 in their all-time series with the Hoosiers.
Okoroafo's hat trick was only the second in program history and first since Courtney Coppedge accomplished the feat in Sept. of 2003 vs. Arkansas.
Eyorokon scored a pair of goals within the first half and was credited with two second half assists.
Shauna Stapleton was fourth on the team Friday with a mere three points, scoring the eventual game-winner in the sixth minute, and later providing an assist to Okoroafo in 32nd minute.
Purdue recorded 24 shots, placing 12 on frame. IU goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth made only three saves while her teammates were credited with two.
Indiana's offense was limited to four shots each half and only put two on goal as the Boilermakers recorded their 11th shutout of the season.
Friday's victory could go down as one of the most memorable in program history. Not only was it the most convincing triumph over any Big Ten opponent, but the win was Purdue's eighth in Big Ten competition and 16th overall - extending the program record for wins in a season.
The victory also improved Purdue's home record to 12-1-1, establishing a new program record for wins and home-winning percentage.
Purdue's seven goals tied its second highest output for one match. The Boilermakers scored eight times against Evansville at Illinois in September of 2003 and seven times at Valparaiso in Sept. of 2000.
The Boilermakers' five first-half goals were its most since scoring six vs. Valparaiso, tying an effort by the 2001 team vs. Butler on Oct. 28 of that year.
Purdue has reached the nine-assist mark three times including Friday. The Old Gold and Black dished out 10 vs. Evansville, and nine vs. Butler in 2001 and at Valparaiso in 2000.
Despite all today's assists, no individual could earn the elusive hat trick in this category. In Purdue's 10-year history, there have been 32 two-assist matches, including nine this season by seven different players.
From a seasonal statistic perspective, all the offensive records set in 2003 have now been erased.
The 2003 club scored 48 goals in 23 matches. This year's edition has tallied 52 in 20 matches, all while taking 20 fewer shots.
There were 48 assists dished out in 2003. There have been 50 so far in 2007.
The 144 points scored by the 2003 club has been eclipsed by 10 points.
Purdue's 11 shutouts are one shy of breaking the season record of 12 set last year, and Jenny Bradfisch's goals-against average of 0.52 should hold up as the lowest in team history.
The Boilermaker defense has only allowed 170 shots and nine goals. The previous lows of 203 and 16 were both set in 2001 through 19 matches.
The Boilermakers now prepare for the postseason. They first head up to Minnesota for next week's Big Ten Tournament, and in two weeks, should play host to the NCAA first and second rounds.
The Big Ten Tournament bracket will be released Saturday at noon. The NCAA Women's Soccer selection show takes place Monday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.