Andrea Petrina of Purdue University celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first half against Missouri on August 30, 2015

Purdue Soccer Is Back In Action

Yesterday I was finally able to get back out to the Purdue Soccer Complex to shoot Purdue soccer. The last time that I shot a game in the stadium was the Big Ten Conference Championship game. That was a great game that I thought would be hard to top photographically. The final game of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup was a good one. It followed an overtime game, but it went a little longer, and had some great moments in it. The first goal of the game was the one for me though. Andrea Petrina scored on a long kick to give the Boilers a 1-0 lead. Her reaction was priceless, and I just kept shooting her. She was in the air, hugging, and enjoying the moment. As a photographer that is what I come to see. I want emotion and excitement, and she gave it to me. This was my first soccer game of the season, but if this is what they are going to do every week as far as excitement goes it will not be my last. Next Friday I am coming out with a few friends to shoot another game as this one was too much fun.

Back on Campus

This game represented the end to a fun few days for me. On Thursday night I shot the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls scrimmage as well as a couple of group shots before the game. The next day I spent my birthday shooting volleyball on Belin Court. Saturday was spent shooting four volleyball matches, and of course this game on Sunday. I like to shoot sports, and this was a great start to the college season for me. I have been out of town during the previous events on campus so this was nice. There is an excitement this time of year for me as things start to crank up on campus. After traveling all over this summer to shoot sports I now have it in my backyard once again. The fall sports are just getting started so I am photographing things that I have not photographed in a while. It has been about nine months since I photographed any of the three sports that I did in the last four days. It was nice to get out and get back in the swing of things. If the events on Purdue’s campus so far are any indication this will be a fun fall.

More Photos From the Purdue Soccer Game

Here are a few bonus photos from the game yesterday. I spent a lot of time playing around with my case scenarios for my autofocus on my camera. I have one method that I love to use, but why not explore the camera a bit? Of course I ended up going back to my normal setting, and then I was able to make some interesting pictures. I love the celebration shots, and this game had plenty of them. Overall I don’t think that I had a great game shooting. I was playing with settings and not paying attention to the action. The two goals with the jube that followed really saved my shoot. I love what I do. Even in my spare time I still go out and make photos. How great is that? I am lucky that I live near a school that allows me to do this as it is something that really makes me happy. Helping capture these great moments is the least that I can do for that privilege.




Andrea Petrina of Purdue University celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first half against Missouri on August 30, 2015
Andrea Petrina of Purdue University celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the first half against Missouri on August 30, 2015






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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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