Freshman Tori Doss (left) was named Offensive MVP and redshirt freshman Courtney Kobashigawa was named Defensive MVP.
Aug 25, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind. --- The Xavier University women’s soccer team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and went on to defeat host Purdue 4-3 in the championship match of the season-opening Boilermaker Challenge Cup on Sunday. Freshman Tori Doss was named the Offensive MVP of the tournament after scoring two goals and an assist today and a goal in XU’s 3-0 win over North Dakota on Friday. Fellow freshman newcomer Courtney Kobashigawa was named Defensive MVP.
“That was one of the biggest wins in the history of the program, to beat a great team like Purdue on the road,” said Xavier head coach Woody Sherwood. “Our pre-game talk was about ‘answering the bell’ and we certainly did that with two early goals. I’m so proud of our effort from all 20 of our players that are here and the ones back home that helped prepare us to win this tournament. Our hat’s off to Purdue. They have a great team.”
Xavier, 2-0, has won its first two matches to start the season for the first time since the 1997 season. XU began the 1997 campaign 5-0 on its way to a school-record 14 wins.
Sophomore Catherine Allon got the Xavier scoring started just 2:34 into the match, getting set up senior Sydnee Fields and freshman Tori Doss and finishing it off for a 1-0 lead. Fields and Doss earned assists on the play. Doss scored herself less than three minutes later at the 5:10 mark, putting the ball inside the right post from 18 yards out. Junior Alyssa Tindal and freshman Maggie Hare were credited with assists in setting up the scoring play.
Purdue entered the scoring column at 22:04 on a goal from Alex Hairston, cutting the XU lead in half at 2-1. But the Musketeers got the goal back before halftime as Doss once again scored. This time she took advantage of a beautiful 40-yard free kick from junior Lauren Heap and deflected it into the goal with less than four minutes left in the half. XU led 3-1 at halftime.
Purdue put the pressure back on the Musketeers in the 56th minute as Mollie Kuramoto scored off a header to cut XU’s lead to 3-2. But just as they had done in the first half, the Musketeers answered back and this time it didn’t take very long. Only 33 seconds after the Purdue goal Xavier struck back with a goal of its own from senior Ashton Green, getting the ball past the goalkeeper from 18.
Purdue scored at 79:16 to cut the final margin to 4-3 as Holly Gregory found the back of the net but XU held on for the final 10:44 to earn the championship trophy.
The Musketeers have plenty of time to savor the championship and work on their game before their next match. XU opens its regular season home schedule on Wednesday, September 4 against Evansville at 7 p.m. at the Xavier Soccer Complex.