2010 Season Recap: Injuries Help Derail Purdue's Streak of 10-Win Campaigns

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Lauren Montenegro earned All-Big Ten honors for the third year in a row.
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Lauren Montenegro earned All-Big Ten honors for the third year in a row.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 11, 2010

Season Stats & Boxscores

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer enjoyed a number of positive results along the way, but a rash of injuries ultimately ravaged the program's depth and in turn brought to an end the Boilermakers' impressive streak of 10 consecutive seasons with a double-figure win total.

Purdue finished its 2010 campaign with a 6-12-2 (2-7-1 Big Ten) mark after dropping each of its final five games of the year. The Boilermakers held the lead at one point in four of those five final games.

Purdue did not have a problem scoring goals in 2010, getting shutout only four times and scoring in eight of its final nine games. But the Boilermakers also surrendered 37 goals, the third highest total in program history and most since 1999. Fourteen of those 37 scores came in a trio of losses to Illinois (4-1), Minnesota (4-1) and Penn State (6-1).

Senior Liz Secue and junior Lauren Montenegro were two of the seven Purdue players to start every game this fall. Secue capped her career with First Team All-Big Ten honors and Montenegro was recognized as a Second Team performer. Montenegro has been an all-conference pick each of her first three seasons and will enter her senior year with a chance to be the program's first four-time honoree.

Junior Kellie Phillips led the team with six goals and six assists, moving into fourth place in Purdue history with 18 career helpers. Phillips recorded an assist in each of the final four games of the season and a point in six of the final eight matches. Classmate Katie Leinert registered five goals and five assists, eclipsing her career totals in both categories entering the season.


 

 

Brookley Rogers, Alexis Tryba and Jessica Warren also started every game and are all slated to return for the 2011 season. Mollie Kuramoto started every game in which she played as a first-year player, one of six freshmen to get an opportunity to start in 2010.

Senior goalkeeper Carianne Betts finished the regular season ranked second in the Big Ten with 87 saves, the fifth-highest single-season total in program history. She missed only one game despite battling injuries throughout much of the Big Ten schedule. She made a career-high 10 saves at Michigan, the first double-figure save total by a Boilermaker goalkeeper since 2008, and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 27 after her back-to-back shutouts of Wisconsin and Northwestern.

With six Big Ten Conference teams earning bids to the NCAA Tournament, the Boilermakers squared off against 10 teams that qualified for the postseason. Purdue dominated Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champion Morehead State, 4-0, en route to posting a 4-5-1 nonconference record. The Boilermakers also hosted conference champions and NCAA qualifiers Texas A&M and Hofstra this fall. Purdue gutted out road wins at Cal State Fullerton and Colorado prior to the beginning of Big Ten play.

The Boilermakers' conference schedule was frontloaded, calling for Purdue to play seven Big Ten games in the first 21 days of league play from Sept. 24 through Oct. 14. By contrast, the Boilermakers only took the field three times after Oct. 15.

Purdue extended its unbeaten streak against rival Indiana to 14, defeating the Hoosiers Oct. 7 in West Lafayette, 2-1. In the process, the Boilermakers retained the Golden Boot traveling trophy and remained unbeaten against IU since 1999.

Purdue also opened Big Ten play with a draw and a win against Wisconsin and Northwestern, respectively. The Badgers went on to finish third in the Big Ten, only one point behind co-champions Ohio State and Penn State. The Big Ten Conference Tournament returns next season after a two-year hiatus.

The Boilermakers will have to bid adieu to seniors Roya Akhavain, Betts and Secue, but are slated to return nine starters and 19 letter-winners for the 2011 campaign.