Game Notes: Week 9
Oct. 14, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue soccer spends their second straight week atop the Big Ten Standings after splitting last weekend's road matches versus Minnesota and Iowa. The Boilermakers could not over overcome a daunting environment and a strong Golden Gopher attack to hang on for the tie against Minnesota, but Purdue came back strong on Sunday to leave Iowa with a victory and some confidence heading into Friday's Golden Boot match at Indiana.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Quick Take: Purdue could have easily been squashed by the pressure of the Big Ten race after taking a heartbreaking, 2-1 defeat at the hands of Minnesota. It was not looking too good on Sunday, either, when Iowa scored in the 75th minute to even the score 1-1. Freshman Kellie Phillips led the Boilermakers through the storm, however, converting a corner kick into a goal just one minute later to give Purdue a 2-1 win and another week as Big Ten leaders.
Key Players: Junior Loredana Riverso paces the Purdue attack with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Other major contributors are senior Felicia Schroeder (14 points - six goals, two assists) and Phillips (13 points - three goals, seven assists). Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch sports a 0.80 GAA with a .842 save percentage. In six Big Ten matches, Bradfisch has a 0.51 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Quick Take: Indiana lost 1-0 at Wisconsin and 2-1 at Northwestern last weekend. Don't let their 0-6 conference record fool you, however. All six loses have been by a single goal, including a 1-0 overtime loss at Minnesota. Plus, the Hoosiers' last four regular season matches are all at home. They host Illinois on Sunday.
Key Players: Freshman Devon Beach leads Indiana with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Beach and junior Liz Holby each have racked up four goals this season, while sophomore midfielder Chloe McKay leads the team with three assists. Freshman Lindsay Campbell will most likely be in goal for the Hoosiers. In ten games, she has a 1.03 GAA and a .719 save percentage.
All-time Series: Purdue set a program record last season for the largest margin of victory over a Big Ten opponent with its 7-0 dismantling of Indiana at home. Indiana, however, had the last laugh after beating Purdue 4-3 in penalty kicks and advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The Boilermakers lead their all-time series with the Hoosiers, 9-1-2.
THE GOLDEN BOOT MATCH
The Golden Boot is on the line each time the Purdue and Indiana women's soccer teams meet. After each victory, the winning team takes the trophy home and adds a letter to the chain attached to the gold-dipped soccer shoe. The first letter on the chain is an `I', followed by five stright `P's. On each letter is engraved the date and score of the match it represents. In 2005, the teams battled to a 1-1 tie, keeping the Golden Boot in West Lafayette. Purdue successfully defended its rights to the trophy in each of the past two seasons.
ON THE OUTSIDE, LOOKING IN
Purdue may lead the Big Ten, but they are not getting much love from the pollsters. The Boilermakers come in as the third team outside the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll this week. No. 23 Minnesota and No. 25 Illinois are the only ranked Big Ten teams, with Penn State and Michigan State also receiving votes. Notre Dame is still No. 1 with a perfect 14-0-0 record. The Fighting Irish are followed by No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Portland and No. 4 UCLA. The only change in this week's top 5 has Stanford sliding up one spot to 5th.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch earned Goalkeeper of the Week honors from Soccer America on Oct. 6. Bradfisch chalked up four saves in 110 minutes of action in Purdue's 1-1 tie versus Michigan. Two days later, she tallied four more saves as the Boilermakers defeated Michigan State, 2-0. For the weekend, the Carmel, Ind. native posted a 0.45 GAA and a .889 save percentage.
HARD WORK REWARDED
Senior forward Felicia Schroeder was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week on Oct. 6. She posted her first two-goal match of the season against Michigan State, which was good for Purdue's only two goals of the contest. Her two tallies came on just three shots, all of which were on goal. Earlier in the weekend, she chalked up three shots versus Michigan. The two-goal effort versus the Spartans was good enough to move the Cincinnati native into Purdue's top-10 career goal scorers list.
Lauren Montenegro was honored as the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29. The freshman defensive midfielder played a major role in Purdue's back-to-back shutouts to start the Big Ten season. Against Northwestern, Montenegro played all 90 minutes and was part of a defense that limited the Wildcats to five shots, including just one on goal. At Wisconsin, the Diamond Bar, Calif. native chalked up an assist to go with 76 minutes of action. The Badgers were held scoreless on ten shots, including five shots on goal.
TOP DRAWER TALENT
Redshirt junior defensive back Sylvia Forbes was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week on Sept. 15. For Purdue's matches at Miami and versus Rhode Island and Morehead State, Forbes was an integral part of a defense that held their opponents to a .081 shot percentage. She played all 90 minutes in each of the three contests and tallied one shot on goal. This is her first season on defense for the Boilermakers, but the Whitby, Ontario native has quickly moved into a key role for a stout back line. As a forward the previous two seasons, Forbes registered 24 points on nine goals and six assists.
CHALLENGE CUP CHAMPS
On Sept. 14, Purdue won the Boilermaker Challenge Cup title for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2004. The Boilermakers defeated Rhode Island, 3-1, and Morehead State, 3-0, on their way to the crown. Freshmen midfielders swept the tournament MVP awards when Kellie Phillips earned Offensive MVP honors and Lauren Montenegro won the Defensive MVP award. Also making the all-tournament team for Purdue were senior Felicia Schroeder, redshirt sophomore Katie Becker and sophomore Liz Secue.
KEEP AN EYE ON THIS ONE
Junior goalkeeper Jenny Bradfisch is the first player in Purdue soccer history to be named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List. Bradfisch is coming off a season that earned her All-Big Ten second team honors. She led the Big Ten with a 0.49 goals-against-average and was second with a .826 save percentage. She was also named to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes third team and to the Soccer Buzz Magazine All-Great Lakes Region second team. She won a program record 11 straight games from Sept. 5 to Oct. 7 and also set program highs in wins (20), goals-against average (0.49), minutes played (2200:17), matches started (25) and matches played (25). Bradfisch is one of 47 women on the list, which was chosen by Division I head coaches that are members of the NSCAA. The Hermann Trophy is presented by the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo. and is considered the highest individual honor in collegiate soccer.
Purdue was picked to finish third in the Big Ten this season by the conference coaches. Penn State and Illinois were picked to finish first and second, respectively. The Boilermakers finished second in the Big Ten for just the second time in program history last season, the first time being in 2005. Purdue is followed in the preseason predictions by Indiana, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa.