Nov. 15, 2002
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 14 Purdue women's soccer team defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers today, 2-1, in penalty kicks, at Notre Dame's Alumni Field in their inaugural first round NCAA Tournament appearance. With the win, the Boilermakers improve to 14-5-2, after having their record adjusted to reflect the shootout loss against Ohio State last weekend. The Panthers fall to 12-8-2.
"We're very happy and ecstatic that we get to continue our season and play another game on Sunday," said Purdue head coach Robert Klatte. "With that win, we're one step closer to Austin, but we also still have a lot of things to work on. It was disappointing that we didn't put away any of our chances to finish that game. When you take 35 shots and 17 corner kicks, you expect to score more than one goal. But, Eastern Illinois made some great defensive moves and their keeper made some incredible saves."
The Boilermakers began the game quickly, as junior forward Jennie Moppert attacked and took her first shot at 0:52. But, fortunately for the Eastern Illinois defense, it was just high.
The Boilermakers were able to threaten several times with six corner kicks to EIU's one before the half, but were unable to put any in the back of the net for the initial score. In the first half, the Old Gold and Black had dominated the offensive attack, not only with the corner kicks, but also as they outshot the Panthers, 7-5.
In the second half, the Boilermakers came out even stronger than before and pummeled the Panthers with their offensive attack both in the midfield and at the goal zone, as they outshot EIU 19-2.
The offensive attack, however, took a sour turn at the 59th minute, when a defensive miscommunication allowed an Eastern Illinois goal to drop in past senior goalkeeper Jocelyn Cavalier for the first goal of the game. Panther Audra Frericks was credited for the goal, her fifth of the year, while Cara LeMaster added the assist.
The Boilermakers took the wakeup call to heart, however, and turned the heat back on the Panthers. Only two minutes later, the Old Gold and Black put the game-tying goal between the posts. With Moppert in front of the goal in the six-yard box, junior forward Annette Kent crossed the ball in, but the pass was broken up by the EIU defense. Moppert regained control, header flicked the ball in, had it saved and reshot the rebound that bounced out. With the bicycle kick rebound, Moppert netted her seventh goal of the year.
The Boilermakers would continue to demolish the Panthers with their shots, but were unable to make good on them with some unlucky bounces and some great saves by the EIU keeper. The game headed to overtime for the Boilermakers' third-straight overtime game in the postseason.
"Realalistically, we were lucky," said Klatte. "They were a dangerous team on the counter attack and they played their game and their game plan close to perfection. They posed us a lot of problems and they caught us on the counter attack. We were able to break them down, but we still weren't able to finish a lot of the shots that we should have. Overall, we're happy with the way we played and we look forward to playing another game for our seniors and to continue our season."
Despite outshooting the Panthers 4-0 and 5-0 in the two overtime periods, Purdue had to take the game in penalty kicks. The round of five was chosen and senior Jessica Baumhoff stepped to the line first. She decided to go to the upper right of the goal and it was good.
Eastern Illinios' first kicker, however, did not make good on her shootout opportunity, as she shot the ball straight to the middle of the goal, but sent it too high over the crossbar.
Next up for the Boilermakers was junior defender Krystal Pepper. Pepper's shot also was good, in the same upper right corner.
The second EIU shooter also decided that she would also aim for the same spot that both Purdue goals had been good - upper right. Hers was also good, taking the score to 2-1, Purdue.
Freshman Shannon Bradbury, a key sub of the game, stepped up for the next shot and also made good, this time to the lower right side of the net.
Eastern Illinois' turn came and went, as the fourth shooter hit the middle of the crossbar and the ball bounced straight out. The score was now 3-1, Purdue.
Junior forward Courtney Coppedge was the fourth Boilermaker to shoot, but decided to go straight-on and had her shot saved. That meant that due to the score differential, Eastern Illinois had to make its fourth shot or there was no possible way the Panthers could catch up.
The fourth Panther shot was no good, as it shanked off the intersection of the post and the crossbar on the right side, giving the Boilermakers' their first-ever NCAA win.
The Old Gold and Black will return to the field on Sunday at 1 p.m. to face the winner of the Notre Dame-Ohio State game. Earlier in the year, the Boilermakers tied the Buckeyes in the regular season and lost on penalty kicks in the Big Ten Tournament last weekend. In October, Purdue defeated the Fighting Irish, 3-1, at Alumni Field.