Purdue Opens vs. Pair of Quality Sides
Aug. 17, 2017

Game Notes / Live Video / Live Audio / Gameday Central

Kent State at Purdue

Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Folk Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Series: First Meeting

Loyola Marymount at Purdue
Monday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Folk Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Series: First Meeting

Friday: Free pizza for Purdue students at pregame tailgate; ride the shuttle to and from Folk Field
Monday: Social Media Night -- win prizes via social contests during the day and at the game

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer continues its stretch against quality competition, welcoming a pair of double-figure win teams from a year ago to campus for the season-opening weekend at Folk Field.

Women's soccer kicks off another school year of intercollegiate athletics around the country with its national opening day Friday. The Boilermakers (4-12-1 in 2016) open their 20th season by hosting first-time opponent Kent State (15-3-2 in 2016) at 7 p.m. ET. After winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament and representing the league in the NCAA Tournament, the Golden Flashes were selected as the favorites to win the MAC's East Division again.

Purdue has won five of its last six season openers dating back to 2011. Admission is free for all fans all season at Folk Field.

While the first day of classes on campus and the solar eclipse will generate the most headlines Monday, the Boilermakers will cap the eventful day with another 7 p.m. home game vs. Loyola Marymount (11-5-3 in 2016). It will be Purdue's first game on a Monday since defeating Ball State on Labor Day to win the 2009 Boilermaker Challenge Cup tournament. LMU opens its season Friday at Rutgers, which despite being a conference rival is not part of Purdue's regular-season schedule this fall.

The Boilermakers have not played a West Coast Conference team since falling to Santa Clara at Stanford's tournament a week after that Labor Day game in 2009. They have not hosted a team from California since USC and Cal State Northridge both visited West Lafayette in September 2011.

• Purdue is slated to play its first five regular-season games at home for the second time in three years. Similar to this fall, a preseason exhibition game made it a six-game homestand in 2015 as well. The Boilermakers won five of those six games at Folk Field in head coach Drew Roff's first year and it propelled them to the program's first winning season since 2009.
• Purdue is feeling confident entering year three under Roff after posting exhibition victories against No. 18 Notre Dame and Iowa State, also winners of at least 10 games last season. The Boilermakers came back to win Saturday vs. the Cyclones after conceding a goal in a preseason game for the first time since 2013. The six straight shutout wins in preseason action led to a streak of 553 consecutive minutes without surrendering a goal.

Maddy Williams has posted two of her five career multi-goal games in season-opening wins. After missing all of 2016 due to injury, she's set to close out her career this fall as a fifth-year senior. She's the Boilermaker to ever account for Purdue's first two goals of a season (2015) or score twice in a pair of season openers. She begins her final year with 24 career goals, 18 coming at Folk Field. Jessica Okoroafo's program record for goals is 35.
• Fellow co-captain Andrea Petrina has scored in each of the last two season-opening wins, becoming the fourth Boilermaker to score in consecutive openers. In last year's 2-1 win vs. Marshall, she scored only 57 seconds after halftime, accounting for the third-quickest goal of the second half in program history.

• The Golden Flashes have seven Canadian on their rosters, headlined by their returning starter at goalkeeper Ashleah McDonald (0.88 GAA, .785 save pct.). They lost their top offensive threat, Canadian Jenna Hellstrom (14 goals, 10 assists), to graduation. However, Hellstrom's sister Karly (a defender) has now joined the team and is wearing the same number. Hayden Pascoe (6 goals, 5 assists) and Donavan Capehart (6 goals, 4 assists) are back after both players had a primary impact on at least 10 goals in 2016. Kent State's only losses last year came at the hands of Ohio State, Ball State and Northwestern. As the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament, the Golden Flashes had the unexpected advantage of hosting the semifinal round and championship game of the event after eighth-seeded Northern Illinois upset Ball State in the quarterfinals.

• Despite being picked fourth in WCC's preseason poll, the Lions led the league with four preseason all-conference honorees. LMU featured a very balanced offensive attack in 2016, scoring 37 goals despite its leader, Sarina Bolden, having just six. She was one of eight Lions to score multiple goals, and one of four to score at least four. Maddie Medved (5 goals, 5 assists), goalkeeper Chelsea Pruitt (1.09 GAA, .819 save pct.) and top defender Gabbie Sanfilippo are also back. LMU will challenge itself early with its first four games coming against Rutgers, Purdue, Northwestern and Utah. The Boilermakers were the only team of that quartet not to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. A home game against defending national champion USC is also on the Lions' schedule, headlining their upcoming six-game homestand.




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