Nov. 6, 2003
MADISON, Wis. - The Purdue soccer team knocked off the Indiana Hoosiers, 1-0, Thursday afternoon at a chilly McClimon Sports Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. Senior Courtney Coppedge provided the game's only offense with her goal in the 38th minute.
The win boosts Purdue's overall record to 12-4-3, while Indiana finishes its season at 8-10-1. The Boilermakers are now 6-1 all time vs. their intrastate rivals, with all seven matches being decided by one goal. Purdue also beat Indiana in the first round of last year's tournament, 1-0.
Coppedge's goal was scored off an assist from Annette Kent. The goal was Coppedge's seventh of the season and the 19th of her career. Kent set up the goal by crossing the ball to Coppedge in the middle of the penalty box from the right side. Coppedge's header crashed off the middle of the crossbar, but she managed to follow through on her rebound and volleyed it past the Indiana goalkeeper.
Kent's assist was the 15th of her career, while also serving as her 75th career point. She is Purdue's all-time career leader in several offensive categories, including points and goals (30). Her 15 assists are one behind career leader Lauren Sesselmann, who has 16.
The goal was a pleasant addition to an otherwise rough first period for the Boilermakers. Purdue was not given many opportunities to fire the ball past the Hoosier defense, managing three shots on goal; the few shots the Boilermakers did get off, either hit the crossbar or were picked off by Shaunna Daugherty.
IU's keeper completed the first period with two saves.
At the match's outset, it was the Hoosiers who were applying most of the offensive pressure. Indiana only took three shots, but they were consistently planted in its offensive zone, taking two corner kicks and several more direct free kicks. However, the Purdue defense was up to the task and dealt adeptly with each Hoosier opportunity.
In the eighth minute, Sharon Pagorek cleared out a Indiana free kick, then a minute and change later Meghan Dybvig made the team's only save of the half when she stopped a Andrea White shot from the right post.
Lauren Mason's brave plays also kept the Hoosiers off the board in the first frame. Indiana's Robin Barker had just broken through the Purdue defensive line when Mason came running up the middle to rustle the ball off Barker's foot.
Mason made a similar play halfway through the second period, as she came out of the netting to stuff White again. The Boilermaker freshman and White collided as Mason went to the ground, but she hung on to give Purdue control of the ball. Mason's biggest stop outside the net came just inside the 85th minute, running to the very edge of the penalty box to intercept a Megan Pipkens attempt.
"Mason came through with some big breakaway saves, and effectively eliminated several scoring opportunities," said Klatte. "We dealt with a large number of set plays in the first half, a lot of free kicks, and marshaled ourselves well on defending corner kicks. We stayed organized, and made it so that we weren't in a position of giving up any easy goals."
The Purdue defense also helped make some stops, in particular, Jenny Kinkead's blocked shot of a Carrie DeFreece shot around the 80th minute. Earlier, Kinkead made a key block in the opening minutes of the second period, deflecting out a Pipkens shot that just strayed wide of the net.
The Hoosiers continued to threaten until the very last seconds, but their final attempt, taken by Ryan Hanley, sailed high over the net.
With the win, Purdue will face No. 2 seed Illinois Friday at 3:30 p.m. (CST). The Fighting Illini defeated No. 7 seed Michigan State, 2-0, Thursday morning in their first-round matchup. In their lone meeting of the season, Illinois and Purdue tied at 1-1 in West Lafayette on Oct. 19.
"I liked our performance three weeks ago against them," said Klatte. "We took 22 shots and their goalkeeper made some brilliant saves - so we're expecting to deal with her again. I'm sure they'll come out fired up with the recognition that they are going to have to play better against us this time around. Both our teams are playing for a berth in the finals, so it will be a huge match."
The winner of Friday's games will advance to Sunday's championship game, which will kick off at 2 p.m.