By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The women's soccer team improved to 4-1 - its best five-game start since the 2009 - with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Marshall last night. The Boilermakers won their fourth consecutive match, outscoring the opposition 10-2 during the stretch.
Sophomore defender Delia Repasky made her season debut in the 41st minute and scored her first collegiate goal two minutes to account for the winning margin. Freshman goalkeeper Erika Yohn, from Morgantown, W.Va., made her regular-season debut in her return to her home state. She finished with four saves and helped Purdue successfully defend nine corner-kick opportunities for Marshall.
The Boilermakers continue their eastbound swing Sunday at Youngstown State (2-2). Kickoff is noon. The Big Ten season begins in earnest next weekend with home matches against No. 7 Penn State at 7 p.m. Friday and Ohio State at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Midfielder/forward Erika Arkans was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after scoring a pair of goals in the Boilermakers' 4-1 win over SIU Edwardsville on Sunday. She paces Purdue with three goals and ranks second with six points on the young season.
Volleyball Equals Best-Ever National Ranking at Seventh
After sweeping its way through the season-opening Mortar Board Premier last weekend, the volleyball team (3-0) moved up a spot to seventh in the national rankings, equaling the high-water mark in school history.
The Boilermakers previously were No. 7 on Aug. 27, 2012, and on Nov. 14, 1983.
Senior Val Nichol was named Big Ten Setter of the Week after leading Purdue to 3-0 wins over USF, No. 14 San Diego and LSU.
At 5 p.m. today, Purdue takes on UNC Asheville (0-3) at the KSU Owl Invitational in Kennesaw, Ga. Tomorrow, the Boilermakers play Elon (1-2) at 10 a.m. and Kennesaw State (3-1) at 7:30 p.m. The host Owls are coached by former Purdue volunteer assistant Keith Schunzel, who is in his second year with the team. Saturday night's match will be carried on the internet by ESPN3.
Football Looking for 2-0 Start
After a season-opening 43-34 win over Western Michigan, the football team looks to go 2-0 for the first time since 2007 when it plays host to Central Michigan at noon tomorrow at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Junior safety/punt returner Frankie Williams set up three scores on defense and special teams and finished with 119 all-purpose yards in the victory and was named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll. The recognition honors versatile, single-game performances around the nation.
Student-Ticket Prices Reduced for Remaining Football Games
As a follow-up to last week's free-ticket promotion, the athletics department has announced that ticket prices for all remaining home football games this season will be reduced for Purdue students.
Tickets for the Boilermakers' two remaining non-conference games will be $10, half their original price, while tickets for their four Big Ten Conference contests will be $20, a discount of $5.
For all the details, click here.
A total of 7,731 free tickets were distributed to Purdue students for last Saturday's game, a 43-34 win over Western Michigan.
Purdue Dance Marathon Honored for Support of Riley Hospital for Children
Purdue University Dance Marathon was honored at the 14th-annual National Dance Marathon Leadership Conference for its support of Riley Hospital for Children. Purdue University Dance Marathon received the Miracle Maker Award for its fundraising growth - from $528,000 in 2012 to $1 million in 2013.
Senior swimmer Carly Marshall led the efforts and formed a Purdue University Dance Marathon Athletic Council to get more student-athletes involved. Five Boilermaker teams participated: men's basketball, football, men's and women's golf, and women's swimming and diving.
Riley Dance Marathons - the fastest-growing fundraising program for Riley Children's Foundation - raised a record $4.6 million in 2013-14. Riley Children's Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. Each year, children from all 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 300,000 times.
The following 2014-15 schedules have been announced over the last several days:
For a month-by-month look at all Boilermaker schedules, click here.
Men's golf begins its fall competition today through Sunday at the Northern Intercollegiates at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., on the course where the Boilermakers finished third in last year's NCAA Central Regional to advance to their first NCAA Championship since 2005 ... Women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp once again will serve as co-chair of the
Hunger Hike, set for Sept. 20 (5K run) and Sept. 21 (3K walk) ... Lindsey Eldred has been hired as facilities utilization manager on the event management staff ... Eighteen former Purdue players are on 2014 season-opening NFL rosters ... Former Purdue linebacker Niko Koutouvides (2000-03), a two-time first team All-Big Ten honoree, will be inducted into the Plainville (Conn.) Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 4 ... Baseball alumni Kevin Plawecki and Nick Wittgren helped their Minor League Baseball teams qualify for the 2014 playoffs - Plawecki with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets affiliate) and Wittgren with the Double-A Jacksonville Suns (Miami Marlins affiliate). All told, 10 Boilermakers played in the minors this season. You can get caught up on their accomplishments here ... Former men's tennis player Szymon Tatarczyk (2011-14) has been hired as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan.