Oct. 25, 2005
BOILERMAKER NOTEBOOK - WEEK 10
No. 24 Purdue (16-6, 7-2 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (7-9-1, 3-6 Big Ten)
BOOTY CALL: The Golden Boot is on the line Thursday night when Purdue visits Indiana at 7 p.m. ... the Boilermakers have won five-consecutive regular season meetings against the Hoosiers, dating back to Oct. 20, 2000 ... the Old Gold and Black lead its all-time series with the Crimson and Cream, 7-1, which includes two wins at the Big Ten Tournament ... IU's first and only win against Purdue was on Oct. 22, 1999 ... all eight games between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers have been decided by one goal ... at Bloomington, Purdue is 2-1 against Indiana, winning the last two matches there in 2003 (2-1) and 2001 (1-0).
PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIES: Indiana enters its regular-season finale against Purdue fighting for its postseason life ... the Hoosiers currently occupy the seventh-seed in the Big Ten Tournament, but could be on the outside looking in should they lose to Purdue, and a winner emerges from the Northwestern and Wisconsin clash at Evanston Friday afternoon ... Indiana is two points ahead of both ninth-place teams, who have matching records of 2-6-1 ... a win by either of those teams, coupled with an IU loss, would keep the Hoosiers home ... if IU loses, its playoff hopes hinge on a NU/UW tie.
With a win against Indiana, Purdue would finish second in the conference, which would be its best finish to date ... in 2002 and 2003, the Boilermakers finished third ... should the Boilermakers lose and the Spartans beat Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday night, Purdue would fall back to third place ... if the tournament started today, No. 2 seed Purdue would be playing No. 7 Indiana in the first round ... conference champ Penn State would battle Michigan in the No. 1 vs. No. 8 game ... No. 3 Michigan State would face sixth-seed Ohio State ... and the 4/5 match would pit Minnesota against Illinois.
ON THE AIR AND ON THE WEB: Purdue's contest with Indiana will be broadcast by Steve Hall and Andrew "Deuce" Staley on 1410 WLAS-AM and via the web at purduesports.com ... the game can also be viewed on the web via GameTracker, which can be found at either Purdue's or Indiana's athletics web site.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE MUDDY: Purdue split last weekend's home games, which may have been the last at the Varsity Soccer Complex this season ... Friday, the Boilermakers dropped a tough 2-1 double-overtime decision to Iowa, which had not won a conference match since 2002 ... the game was played on a wet and muddy field, which may have slowed the Purdue attack, but the Iowa defensive line was just as effective, drawing the Boilermakers offsides a season-worst 10 times ... Purdue also set a season high with 34 shots, but only 11 of them were on goal as Iowa goalkeeper Erin MacIssac walked away with 10 saves and the victory ... Jill Sarbaugh put Purdue on top with an unassisted goal from the top corner of the 18-yard box, but the expected momentum did not flourish as the Hawkeyes responded with seven shots and a goal from Manon Engelhardt ... Iowa finished off Purdue on a game-winning penalty kick delivered by Kelsey Shaw in the 108th minute.
Purdue cleaned out the mud in its boots in time to beat Illinois, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon ... the Boilermaker attacking trio of Lauren Sesselmann, Jessica Okoroafo and Jill Sarbaugh were responsible for creating all three goals ... Sesselmann headed in the first goal on assists from Sarbaugh and Rebecca Robison, and later scored an insurance goal from Sarbaugh midway through the second half ... Okoroafo's goal was her 10th of the season, tying Sesselmann's single-season scoring mark ... Purdue goalkeeper Lauren Mason tied a career-best with 10 saves.
BEST SEASON EVER?: The 2005 Boilermakers are a skilled club on offense, averaging close to two goals per match (1.96), but they still haven't quite matched the firepower of the 2003 club, which was anchored by Annette Kent, Lauren Sesselmann and Courtney Coppedge ... the 2003 Boilers set season records for wins (14), points (144), goals (48), assists (48), shots (358) and shots on goal (188) ... by comparison, this year's team has posted 11 wins, 101 points, 34 goals, 33 assists, 295 shots and 132 shots on goal ... the 2005 club's point and goal totals are the second highest in team history, and its assist total is tied for the third highest.
AN AWESOME OCTOBER: After going 5-4 in September, the Boilermakers rebounded with a 5-1 October ... Purdue has traditionally done well in the second half of the season, going 4-3 in 2000, 5-2-2 in 2001, 6-1-1 in 2002 and 4-1-2 in 2003 ... only three times have the Boilermakers posted losing records in October (1998, 1999 and 2004) ... this October, Purdue has averaged nearly scored two goals per game (1.90), while outshooting the opposition, 108-95 ... most impressive is the fact that the Boilermakers are 3-0 in road games this month, winning at Ohio State, Wisconsin and Northwestern ... prior to its three-game road winning streak, Purdue had lost 10 of its last 12 road contests.
CONFERENCE HONOR STATS: Purdue set a team record after winning its fourth Big Ten Conference player of the week award last Monday ... Jessica Okoroafo has won twice, while Lauren Mason and Parrissa Eyorokon have received one each ... hard to believe, but Okoroafo and Eyorokon are two of only three Boilermakers to be selected Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, along with Courtney Coppedge, who was the program's first recipient of this award in 2003 ... prior to Coppedge, there had only been three Boilermakers selected to win weekly awards: GK Liz Boldt and D Elise Berry in 2001, and GK Jocelyn Cavalier in 2002 ... Mason has won the most Big Ten certificates of any Boilermaker with three ... in addition to winning last week's award, Mason was awarded twice during her freshman season of 2003 ... as a program, Purdue has won 12 player-of-the-week citations ... meanwhile national-player-of-the-year candidate, Tiffany Weimer of Penn State, has won four times this year and 13 times since her rookie season of 2002.
COMING UP NEXT: Purdue heads to the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich., as either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed, depending on the outcomes of Thursday's game with Indiana and Friday's game between Michigan and Michigan State ... Purdue needs to win or tie against the Hoosiers to keep the second seed, which would be its highest seeding in six consecutive trips (2000 - 2005) to the conference tournament ... Purdue finished third in 2002 and 2003.