July 31, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch and the Carmel United Cyclones won the U-19 US Youth Soccer National Championship this past Sunday in Frisco, Texas. Bradfisch played the first half of a 2-0 shutout over the Virginia-based Prince William Soccer, Inc. (PWSI) Cardinals.
Bradfisch is the second Boilermaker netminder to win a national crown in as many years. Lauren Mason's Real Colorado Cougars won the 2006 USASA U-23 National Championship over the Carmel United Cobras, which featured Boilermakers Amber Henkle, Christy Riggle, Rebecca Robison and Jill Sarbaugh.
Bradfisch and teammate Laura Baker combined for the shutout as both played one half. Bradfisch was credited with the victory as Jessica Boots scored her first of two goals in the 12th minute. Boots later sealed the victory with a score in 90th minute.
The Cyclone coaching staff split Bradfisch's and Baker's time in goal throughout the five-day, four-team national tournament, citing how each was greatly important to the team's overall success. Bradfisch started every match and Baker finished.
Carmel posted a 1-1-1 record during the round-robin portion of the tournament. The Cyclones blanked North Carolina's CASL Spartan Elite 1-0 in its opening match, but then fell 1-0 to Arizona's Sereno 88 White.
"Sereno scored a lucky goal," said Bradfisch, who is expected to be the Boilermakers' starting goalkeeper this season. "They sent in a deep pass so I set myself up for a 1-vs.-1 situation, but the girl reached out with her foot and tipped it past me."
The Cyclones lost to PWSI 5-4 in their final opening-round match Friday night, but everything changed following a formal complaint issued by Carmel head coach Gene Lindley.
Lindley's protest centered around a disallowed penalty kick that would have tied the game at 3-3 in the 42nd minute.
PWSI jumped out to a 3-0 advantage after banking two shots off the post and one on an 18-yard free kick, but the Cyclones rallied with two scores and cut the deficit to one.
Bradfisch couldn't remember why the officiating crew called off the goal - she believes a teammate may have made a false move - but they agreed an error was made. Their mistake resulted in a match restart for Saturday morning in the 42nd minute with the score tied at 3-3.
Friday's final score and all stats compiled after the 42nd minute were erased.
Bradfisch played every minute of Saturday's "do-over" and held the Cardinals scoreless. The tie score clinched Carmel's spot in the championship match vs. PWSI; a Cyclone loss would have sent Spartan Elite into the title game.
"We were so tired on Saturday, but everyone still managed to play their hearts out," said Bradfisch. "It was amazing to feed off all the enthusiasm from the bench, however, the experience was quite nerve wracking as well."
Bradfisch and her Boilermaker teammates return to campus on August 10 for the start of preseason camp. Purdue's first game is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. against Baker's Kentucky Wildcats at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.