Nov. 13, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team saw its NCAA Tournament run end with a 2-0 loss to Central Michigan on Friday evening at Alumni Stadium.
"This was a disappointing result," head coach Robert Klatte said. "We had some good looks at goal in the first half. Giving up the goal on the corner kick really put us on the back foot. We were playing a talented, hard-working and battling side, and we didn't convert the couple of chances we had. The unfortunate call on the penalty kick in the second half puts it out of reach, and we were just risking, risking and opening ourselves up trying to find a way back into the match."
Purdue (12-6-3) controlled possession for much of the first half. The Boilermakers put multiple scares on Central Michigan's goal but were unable to find the back of the net. Purdue held a 10-4 lead in shots, a 3-2 lead in shots on goal and a 2-1 corner kick edge at halftime.
Central Michigan (17-3-3) got on the board with 13 seconds left in the first half on a corner kick following an exceptional save by senior co-captain Jenny Bradfisch to push the ball over the goal. Claire Horton took the corner kick from the left side of the offensive attack, and Bradfisch, in an attempt to punch the ball away, ended up redirecting the ball into the back of the net.
The Chippewas stretched their lead in the 55th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick after a foul was called on the Boilermakers at the top of the penalty box. Liesel Toth stepped up and blasted a shot into the left side of the net for a 2-0 lead. Central Michigan extended its unbeaten streak to 18 straight, a stretch that dates back to Sept. 6.
Purdue's senior class, consisting of Bradfisch, Sylvia Forbes, Jessica Okoroafo, Loredana Riverso and Katie Seeger, finished its career with the most wins of any class in program history. The quintet's 58-21-12 record betters the previous mark of 57 put up by last year's class and gives the 2009 seniors a .703 winning percentage, which also is the highest of any class to come through the Purdue soccer program.
The quintet also leaves holding seven individual career records. Okoroafo's 35 goals, 16 game-winning goals, 91 games played and 250 shots stand alone atop the record book, as does Bradfisch's 0.81 goals-against average. Okoroafo also tied the program record with 83 games started, and Bradfisch tied the program record with 42 wins. Forbes also tied the NCAA record for the fastest goal scored when she netted a ball four seconds into Purdue's 3-2 victory at sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Aug. 28.
The 2009 Boilermakers rank third in program history with their 39 goals and 383 shots. The team tied the program record for most consecutive wins to start a season with its 5-0 start, becoming just the second Purdue team ever to win five in a row before suffering a loss.
Purdue also extended one of the longest streaks in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers earned 10 wins for the 10th consecutive season, a streak bettered only by Penn State's current run of 16 in conference history. Klatte is the first Big Ten coach to oversee 10 straight seasons of double-digit win totals, bettering the previous record of nine set by former Michigan coach Debbie Rademacher, who won 10 straight games every season from 1996-2004.
The Boilermakers also went 8-1-2 at the Varsity Soccer Complex, tying the school record for fewest home losses in a season. Purdue outscored its opponents 27-8 at home in 2009, and its plus-17 home goal differential is the second-highest mark in program history. The record of plus-34 home goal differential was set in 2007.
"I think this is a very disappointing end to a really great year," Klatte said. "We overcame a lot as a team, and I think the difficult part is for the seniors. I told the team before the game that every team except for one is going to end their season with a loss, and you just try to make it last as long as possible. We will move forward. We have a lot of young players that this is a fantastic experience for, and we can build off of this. As a team, I think things are bright, but I also want to recognize the contribution that this group of five seniors has had to the program. We will go home, regroup and train. Next year starts tomorrow."
Purdue was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history and the fourth time in the last five years.