Aug 16, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer hosts Louisville for a preseason friendly Saturday afternoon at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, the exhibition game marking the first on-campus sporting event of the 2013-14 school year.
Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. and Purdue students will be admitted free. A complimentary shuttle bus will make a loop through campus offering rides to the Soccer Complex, starting at 11:30 a.m. and making stops at the Ford Dining Court and Memorial Union. The postgame shuttle service ends at 3:30 p.m.
The Boilermakers have not played a true exhibition game against another team since 2005 when they played in two games at a preseason showcase in Fort Wayne. Intrasquad team scrimmages have been the norm in the preseason for Purdue since then.
Louisville won its exhibition opener Sunday at Vanderbilt, 4-3. The Cardinals will be making their first appearance in the West Lafayette since the opening weekend of the 2007 season. Both teams kickoff their regular seasons at home next weekend.
Last year, Louisville defeated Purdue in an overtime thriller at Cardinal Park that featured seven goals and a stoppage of play in the second half due to a power outage. In her return to the university where she played her first two college seasons, Jordan Pawlik scored a Purdue-record 45 seconds apart in the first half. Hadley Stuart assisted on both goals. When Chinyelu Asher scored in the 83rd minute, it appeared as though the Boilers would be able to pull out a quality road win. But an equalizer in the 86th minute sent the game to overtime and the Cardinals would go on to win in the 102nd minute of double OT.
Preseason exhibitions count against a team's 20-game limit in the regular season, which is the primary reason why Purdue head coach Robert Klatte has shied away from playing them in recent seasons. But this year, the preseason was the only time in which the Boilers and Cardinals could get their schedules to matchup.
Louisville is playing out its final season in the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) before joining the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2014-15 school year. Illinois and Miami (Ohio) are the common opponents on Purdue and Louisville's schedules this year. Both teams host the Fighting Illini and travel to Oxford, Ohio, for a game with RedHawks. Illinois and Miami (Ohio) were both receiving votes in the NSCAA preseason Top 25 coaches poll. No. 4 Penn State, No. 19 Michigan and No. 23 Ohio State represent the ranked Big Ten teams to begin the season.
Louisville standout Charlyn Corral scored twice in the exhibition win at Vanderbilt last weekend. She had three assists in the overtime game against Purdue last season. Corral helped Mexico win silver at the World University Games this summer in Russia.
Purdue's Kim Love and Louisville's Devyn Ciotti were teammates at Lakota West High School in suburban Cincinnati. Both players went the distance at defender in last year's game at Cardinal Park. Love went on play every minute of her freshman season at center back.
Purdue enjoyed a successful spring season, posting a 3-1-3 record that was highlighted by a home win against Michigan. The majority of the players remained on campus throughout the summer for team workouts.