Iowa State at Purdue (Preseason Exhibition)
Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET
Folk Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Regular Season Series: Iowa State leads 1-0
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer makes its season debut at Folk Field on Saturday, hosting Iowa State for an exhibition affair that doubles as the opener of a six-game homestand.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans for all games at Folk Field this fall. The game is Purdue's only Saturday home date of the season. The annual Golden Boot rivalry trophy game with Indiana, set for Sept. 23 in Bloomington this year, is the only other Saturday game on the Boilermakers' schedule this year.
Purdue also hosts Kent State, Loyola Marymount, Indiana State, DePaul and Dayton for regular-season games over the next four weekends. Like the Cyclones, Kent State and Loyola Marymount will also be making their first-ever appearances at Folk Field this month. The Boilermakers are much more familiar with Iowa State's top rival, the University of Iowa, but coincidentally have not hosted the Hawkeyes since September 2011. That changes when Iowa visits Folk Field in mid-October for Senior Day.
Purdue is looking to build on its 2-0 exhibition win at No. 18 Notre Dame on Wednesday. Iowa State (10-8-1 in 2016) presents another good preseason test. The Cyclones' 10 victories last year were their most since also winning 10 games in 2012. Seven of those victories came away from Ames, highlighted by winning Auburn's tournament over Labor Day Weekend via victories against Georgia and the host Tigers.
BACKBONE OF THE SHUTOUT IN SOUTH BEND
The Boilermakers' starting lineup in South Bend featured four seniors and six freshmen. Junior Hannah Mussallem rounded out the 11 on the field. Vanessa Korolas and Mussallem provide Purdue with a great deal of athleticism at the outside back positions, which is often times the most physically taxing role for the Boilermakers. They teamed with freshman center backs Sarah Clark and Maya Lambert to lead the way defensively in the shutout win. Goalkeepers Katie Luce and Erika Yohn also came up big, combining for eight saves while each playing a half. With Luce also being a freshman, Purdue's six newcomers in the starting lineup were evenly split between the defensive and attacking halves of the formation.
SENIORS AND FRESHMEN TEAM UP OFFENSIVELY
Offensively, Maddy Williams was as active as ever despite missing all of the 2016 season due to injury. The Boilermakers' three-year scoring leader accounted for eight of the team's 12 shots, assisted on Sarah Griffith's game winner and sealed the win with a goal of her own in the final five minutes. Williams had posted a hat trick in a spring exhibition victory at Miami (Ohio) in April, providing early evidence that she would be a factor this fall. If newcomers Kylie Hase, Hannah Melchiorre and Griffith continue to start around her as fellow attacking players, that dynamic of youth teaming with experience should be fun to watch develop this season. Andrea Petrina and Gabby LaMere provide veteran perspective to the midfield to balance the formation.
Under third-year head coach Drew Roff, Purdue improved to 5-0 in preseason games and 16-4 in exhibition action (spring and fall) with Wednesday's victory. Petrina assisted on both Purdue goals in last year's 2-0 preseason win at home vs. Miami (Ohio). She was also the most dynamic offensive player on the field over the final two home games of the 2016 campaign, racking up a combined 23 shots (10 on goal) plus two goals and an assist.
-- Nick Lievense (@lievense_nick) August 10, 2017
MORE ON IOWA STATE
Iowa State goalkeeper Lindsey Hendon is back for her senior season after recording a school-record 10 shutouts and playing all but one half of the 2016 campaign. The Cyclones' top offensive players, Klasey Medelberg (4 goals, 2 assists while coming off the bench in 11-of-19 games) and Emily Steil (5 assists, 1 goal), are also back this season.
Shutouts were a big reason why ISU was able to post a winning record despite being outscored 20-17 on the season. Nine of the Cyclones' 10 victories came in shutout fashion, meaning conversely, they were 1-8 when the opposition scored a goal. Over the first two years under Roff, Purdue has managed to win eight times when the opposition has scored.
The Purdue program and Roff have both been part of games played in Ames in the past. In September 2005, the Boilermakers played at Iowa State and Missouri on a Labor Day Weekend road trip that was part of Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Roff took his 2008 Illinois State team to Ames for an October non-conference contest. The Cyclones repaid the visit for an exhibition game in 2013, a high-scoring 4-3 victory for the Redbirds that was the first ISU home game for future Boilermakers Hannah Leinert and Dagny Olson.