Nov. 9, 2002
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 17 Purdue women's soccer team tied the seventh-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes 1-1 in the semi-final round of the 2002 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament on Friday at Old College Field at Michigan State. However, due to the championship format and need for a determined advancer, the game went to penalty kicks and the Boilermakers fell, 5-4 in seven rounds. With the tie, Purdue moves to 13-4-3 on the year, while OSU is 7-10-3.
"Well, obviously we're hot happy to be going home," said Purdue head coach Rob Klatte. "Today's game was a hard-fought battle and unfortunately, the game had to go to penalty kicks. We had several opportunities to put the game away, even before we were down, 1-0. However, we fought back and were able to put that goal in off the corner and unfortunately, we were unlucky to have not put something in during overtime.
"But, our season's not over, we hope. We'll go home and get some rest and wait to hear the field of 64 on Monday."
The Boilermakers began the game with a ton of quickness and energy, as right away off the first kick, junior forward Annette Kent took a shot that was saved less than 30 seconds into the game.
Ohio State countered and was able to get a corner kick in their end of the field but could not make good on the scoring opportunity and the Boilermakers regained control of the ball.
The game continued back and forth with the Old Gold and Black completely dominating play in the midfield with headers, second balls and their regaining possessions in their attacking end of the field. However, the Ohio State defense and goalkeeper managed to remain out of trouble with several great saves or Purdue near misses. In the first half, the Boilermakers outshot the Buckeyes, 8-3.
The game remained knotted at 0-0 until the 62nd minute when Ohio State's Lindsay Eckles was able to get behind the Boilermaker defense and drew Purdue's goalkeeper Jocelyn Cavalier out in a one-on-one situation. Cavalier slid to take the ball but missed, and Eckles made an easy pass to a waiting Lisa Grubb for the score to put the Buckeyes up, 1-0.
After their goal and in a game that was already very tense, the Ohio State players picked up the physicality of their play and began to play with more aggressiveness, as they tallied 10 fouls to Purdue's six.
The Old Gold and Black began to the feel the pressure to score quickly, in order to be able to get two before the end of the regulation time. However, despite several opportunities, they were not able to capitalize until the 88th minute with a corner kick.
Senior midfielder and second team All-Big Ten pick Jessica Baumhoff went to the far corner flag and sent the ball in. Kent made her way up over the OSU keeper and headed the ball back towards the right post for the score to tie the game with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
Purdue came back to the midfield with renewed energy for the kickoff, but neither team's offense was able to pose any real threat at either end of the field as regulation time ticked away and the game went to overtime.
In their second overtime game in two days, both teams were becoming anxious to just finish it off to advance to the Championship game.
The Boilermakers completely dominated the first overtime period, taking three shots to OSU's none and requiring the Ohio State keeper to make three saves. However, none could find their way to the back of the net and the game went to the second overtime period.
In the second overtime, the Boilermakers continued to work hard and tallied three more shots in the second 10 minutes of extra time, but again, were unlucky to not capitalize on any of their quality shots.
The game remained scoreless in the defensive battle and penalty kicks were needed to decide the team to advance to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament.
The initial set of five players were chosen to take kicks and the kicks began with Cavalier and Ohio State's Emily Haynam in the goal for the one-on-one duals.
The Boilermakers took the first kick and Bauhoff sent it in past Haynam. Ohio State's Eckles was next and send hers past Cavalier as well, tying the score at 1-1.
In the second round, junior forward Courtney Coppedge shot and made good on her kick, but Cavalier came up huge with a save when Heather Miller kicked for OSU.
In the third round, junior forward Jennie Moppert shot but sent it wide right. However, Cavalier came up big again and saved the next Buckeye kick by Colleen Hoban and the Boilermakers were up, 2-1.
The fourth round saw junior forward Lauren Sesselmann sent the Boilermaker attempt high over the crossbar but Buckeye Lisa Grubb put hers in past Cavalier to even the score, 2-2.
Senior defender Chrissy Creamer stepped up as the final planned kicker for Purdue and made good on her shot, as the Boilermakers went up, 3-2. However, Ohio State's final shooter in Jen Miller also made good on her kick to even the score at 3-3.
Since the score was tied after the five rounds, extra rounds were kicked until one team did not match the other and the Buckeyes were able to take the PK victory after junior defender Krystal Pepper made good on her shot, but junior defender Mary Masck's was saved by Haynam.
The 17th-ranked Boilermakers will anxiously await their chance to continue in the post-season with the NCAA Tournament. The field of 64 will be announced on Monday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 p.m. EST by the NCAA pairings committee for play on Nov. 13-16 at various school sites.