April 3, 2012
Locks of Love Website
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer continued its spring season and training program with a Saturday split of a pair of games at Indiana State's annual Locks of Love Tournament Saturday (March 31), highlighted by a five-goal performance in a win against IUPUI.
The Boilermakers continue to focus on developing players in their spring practice sessions. Head coach Robert Klatte stressed that effective defending has been the primary focal point for a good portion of the training.
Klatte announced that Jessica Warren, who will be a senior in the fall, was selected as the team captain for the 2012 season. She has recently moved into the defensive midfield position, filling the void created by a knee injury to Mollie Kuramoto, who suffered a torn ACL earlier this year and will redshirt in the fall.
Klatte also highlighted the continued integration of Louisville transfer Jordan Pawlik into the program. Pawlik scored another spring goal Saturday against IUPUI. Hadley Stuart (two), Nicole Hively and Warren also found the back of the net in Terre Haute Klatte said.
Alex Azeez and Hively are both seeing action this spring after redshirting as freshmen in the fall due to injuries.
As part of the Locks of Love Tournament, Stuart was able to donate hair to the charity. Locks of Love is an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada ages 6-21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The rest of the team contributed other hair-related items.
The Locks of Love organization, which began operation in 1998, provides the prostheses to children every 18 months for a total of up to 10 hairpieces. These hairpieces require between 6-10 ponytails and take approximately 4-6 months to manufacture. Thousands of bundles of donated hair arrive as a result of the national publicity that Locks of Love receives in newspapers, magazines, television programs and other events. Monetary donations to Locks of Love are tax deductible.
Along with Purdue, Indiana State and IUPUI, Ball State, Rose-Hulman, Saint Louis and Saint Joseph's also participated in the Locks of Love Tournament.
Purdue continues its spring schedule with the annual team banquet on April 13 and road games at Ball State (April 14) and Notre Dame (April 21).