WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Highlighted by a win against 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier Milwaukee, Purdue women's soccer kicked off its spring competition schedule with two full days of action at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center the weekend of Feb. 25-26.
The Boilermakers welcomed Butler, Dayton and Milwaukee to campus Sunday for four games of 11-v-11 action. Purdue defeated UWM, 1-0, on a goal from newcomer Jordan Pawlik. Sanam Zahedi (Cincinnati) and Pawlik (Louisville) both joined the program as transfers at the start of the 2012 spring semester.
The Boilermakers dropped their game to Dayton, another 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifier, 2-0. Other action at Mollenkopf Sunday featured Dayton defeating Butler, 2-0, and Milwaukee topping Butler, 3-2. Milwaukee won 2011 Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles and Dayton was the 2011 Atlantic 10 tournament champion.
Yana Lyon played both games at goalkeeper for Purdue. Clara Kridler, who started every game in net during the fall, is currently sidelined by injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2012 regular-season campaign. The Boilermakers have had seven weeks of training and offseason practices since the beginning of the second semester on campus.
Saturday, Purdue women's soccer welcomed 21 local and regional club teams to Mollenkopf for a full day of youth action. There were seven teams each of U-10, U-11 and U-12 teams in attendance. Each team played two games, the 10-year-olds playing 6-v-6 and the 11- and 12-year-olds 8-v-8 action. Each team was paired up with a current Purdue soccer player that served as a mentor/coach. A one-hour clinic with all the youth teams and Purdue players participating was held after the games were complete.
Head coach Robert Klatte said he was pleased with the weekend as a whole, highlighting the players' reaction to Saturday's match clinic. He felt the Purdue players embraced the opportunity to be leaders and role models in the eyes of the young soccer players, many of whom would no doubt like the opportunity to play collegiately in the future.
Next up on the spring schedule is a Friday, March 2 alumni game at Mollenkopf. The week of March 5-8 is scheduled to feature the Boilermaker Games, which are a series of physical and soccer-based challenges that highlight fitness and competitiveness. Two freshmen will be selected to choose teams for the Boilermaker Games.