Aug. 11, 2010
The Purdue women's soccer team heads into the 2010 campaign looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and seventh time in the last nine years.
Last season, Purdue posted a 12-6-3 record and tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 5-3-2 mark against conference competition. The wins included a 3-2 triumph at sixth-ranked Texas A&M in front of 6,589 fans, the largest crowd ever to see the Boilermakers play, and a 2-1 victory at intrastate rival Indiana that came on a goal with 21 seconds left in the second overtime, the latest goal in program history.
The Boilermakers lost only five seniors from their 2009 roster, but that quintet is the winningest senior class in Purdue history and included the program's all-time leading scorer and the stingiest goalkeeper the school has ever seen. Replacing the scoring is likely to fall on multiple shoulders, while fifth-year senior Carianne Betts is slated to start the season in goal.
Purdue's 2010 roster is still one of the youngest in recent memory, with only three seniors and 13 student-athletes entering their sophomore or freshman years of eligibility. Among Purdue's returning players are 2009 All-Big Ten honorees Lauren Montenegro, who earned first-team acclaim, and Liz Secue, a second-team selection. Sophomore Jessica Warren, who led the Boilermakers with three Big Ten goals as a true freshman, also returns.
Head coach Robert Klatte continues to accumulate talent and bring in difference-making student-athletes with each class. This year's group of five newcomers features two who were named to the All-Indiana team by ESPN Rise, making Purdue the only program to grab multiple players from this year's squad. The group also accumulated multiple All-District, All-Conference and All-Region selections.
The Boilermakers once again face a challenging schedule that sends them across the country and through a range of elevations. Purdue is set to see eight teams that qualified for the 2009 NCAA Tournament, and only one of the 10 non-conference teams on the schedule finished lower than fifth in their respective conference standings last season.
The slate opens with four straight home contests, the first of which comes Aug. 20 against Toledo and is followed two days later by Morehead State. The next weekend, Purdue welcomes the University of Miami on Friday before St. Bonaventure heads into West Lafayette on Sunday.
Purdue embarks on its first, and longest, road trip of the season once the calendar flips to September as the Boilermakers travel to Fullerton, Calif., to take on Cal State Fullerton and Southern California on Sept. 3 and 5, respectively, at the Under Armour Invitational on the Titans' campus. After returning home, the Boilermakers host Hofstra on Sept. 10 and Texas A&M, which played into the third round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, in the return game from last season's exciting contest on Sept. 12. Purdue then wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule by taking on Colorado and Denver at the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic in Boulder.
Big Ten play begins Sept. 24 when the Boilermakers welcome Wisconsin, which advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament last season. Purdue makes its first of three scheduled appearances on the Big Ten Network two days later when Northwestern rolls into the Varsity Soccer Complex.
The Boilermakers then hit the road for four of their next five games, traveling first to Illinois and Michigan State before returning home to battle for the Golden Boot against Indiana on Oct. 7. Three days later, Purdue and Minnesota square off live on the Big Ten Network from Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis. Purdue then heads out for its penultimate road trip of the regular season, where it squares off against Michigan on Oct. 14.
The Boilermakers' final home stretch kicks off with their third scheduled appearance on the Big Ten Network. Purdue and Ohio State meet on Oct. 24 following a game last year that was won by the Buckeyes in overtime, and then the Boilermakers play at home for the final time when they host Penn State on Oct. 31. Purdue wraps up its regular season with a trip to Iowa on Nov. 6.
Season tickets are now available at a cost of $30 for adults and $20 for students. They can be purchased from the Athletic Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility, online at purduesports.com or by calling 1-800-497-7678.