Thirteen Home Dates Highlight Purdue's 2013 Schedule

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The 2013 season will be year two at Purdue's new-look stadium.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
The 2013 season will be year two at Purdue's new-look stadium.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 1, 2013


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Thirteen home dates, including six against Big Ten Conference rivals, highlights Purdue women's soccer's 2013 schedule, unveiled by head coach and program architect Robert Klatte.

The Boilermakers are scheduled to play 12 of their 19 regular-season games at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. Purdue has the advantage of playing six of its 11 Big Ten games at home this year, beginning Sunday, Sept. 22 against Wisconsin. Illinois (Oct. 4), Northwestern (Oct. 6), Nebraska (Oct. 11), Indiana (Oct. 24) and Minnesota (Oct. 27) are also scheduled to visit West Lafayette this fall.

Purdue is scheduled to play seven of its 13 home games under the lights as part of 7 p.m. kickoffs.

After hosting Louisville for an Aug. 17 exhibition game, the Boilers will kick off their new season with the 13th edition of the four-team Boilermaker Challenge Cup. Purdue will play Akron (Aug. 23) and Xaiver (Aug. 25). North Dakota will also participate in the weekend tournament.

Northern Illinois (Aug. 30), Dartmouth (Sept. 6), Seattle (Sept. 8) and IPFW (Sept. 13) also visit the Boilermaker Soccer Complex for nonconference action.

Nonconference road trips will have the Boilers visiting Kansas (Sept. 1) over Labor Day Weekend and Miami University (Sept. 15) to close out the pre-Big Ten schedule.

The University of Illinois is scheduled to host the Big Ten Tournament in Champaign-Urbana the week of Nov. 6-10. Purdue is next up in the rotation to host the Big Ten Tournament in 2014. Previously, Illinois served as the tourney host in 2000 and Purdue in 2001.

A new Big Ten schedule table goes into effect this fall, leading to the repeat locations as the 2012 season for games against Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. As luck would have it, only three of the Boilers' Big Ten games will be played in different locations than last season. Purdue will host Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota for the second year in a row and travel to Ohio State (Sept. 29), Michigan State (Oct. 18), Michigan (Oct. 20) and Iowa (Nov. 2) again.

The Boilermakers have not played at Michigan State and Michigan as well as at Penn State and Ohio State on the same weekend since 2007.

Akron, Dartmouth, IPFW, Northern Illinois and Seattle represent the first-time opponents on the 2013 schedule. Purdue has not played Miami (Ohio) since 2004 and Xavier since 2007. As a return game for Kansas participating in the 2011 Boilermaker Challenge Cup, Purdue will be making its first trip to Lawrence since 2008.

The Aug. 17 exhibition game against Louisville (Saturday) and the Oct. 24 rivalry game with Indiana (Thursday) are the only home dates that will not be played on Friday night or Sunday afternoon. The Boilermakers will look to win back the Golden Boot traveling trophy after losing possession of it to Indiana for the first time last season.

Currently in the midst of its spring season, Purdue has two home events scheduled for the weekend of April 13-14. The Boilermakers will host Michigan at 1 p.m. on April 13 and an alumni game is set for April 14 at 1 p.m. An alumni mixer is also scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 13 in West Lafayette.