WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer became the first Boilermaker athletics team of the 2012-13 school year to report for preseason practice, assembling on campus Tuesday for the opening of its annual training camp Wednesday evening.
Program architect and 15th-year head coach Robert Klatte has announced the team's official roster will be unveiled on Thursday evening. A large group of newcomers will be among those participating in the fitness testing and tryouts Wednesday and Thursday. After graduating an eight-player senior class in 2011, the Boilermakers are expected to be a young team this fall.
Purdue's returning letter-winners are highlighted by seven returning starters, including sophomores Alex Hairston (6 goals, 4 assists) and Chinyelu Asher (3 goals, 4 assists). Goalkeeper Clara Kridler, defender Jordan Frick and Hairston started all 20 games in 2011. Kridler was the first Purdue goalkeeper to accomplish the feat since 2008.
Jessica Warren, one of four seniors on the 2012 roster, was named a team captain in the spring. She will enter the season with the opportunity to score a goal in each of her four years with the program.
The 2012 spring season also saw Jordan Pawlik join the team as a transfer from Louisville. The Fort Wayne native started 35 games for the Cardinals as an underclassman, scoring four goals. Unfortunately, Purdue also lost junior Mollie Kuramoto to a knee injury in a spring that will force her to redshirt this fall.
Purdue does not have exhibition game scheduled before the opening of the regular season Friday, Aug. 17. However, organized team scrimmages are set for Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 12. PurdueSports.com will provide post-match coverage of both scrimmages.
Last season saw night games contested at the Varsity Soccer Complex for the first time. The rest of the facility renovations were completed since the end of the 2011 college soccer season. New locker rooms and a pressbox were built on the west side of the playing surface. In conjunction with the Big Ten Network's website, BTN.com, Purdue athletics plans to offer live video webcasts of selected home games this year. Free live audio and GameTracker live stats will also be constants at every home game.
And there will be many home games in 2012. Purdue is scheduled to play 13 of its 20 games, including eight of the nine nonconference contests, at the Varsity Soccer Complex. Soccer is the first college sport to play games during the 2012-13 school year, hosting Toledo and Eastern Illinois the weekend of Aug. 17-19. Big Ten play begins Sunday, Sept. 16.