Game 1: Butler vs. Ohio - Friday at 4 p.m.
Game 2: Miami (Ohio) at Purdue - Friday at 7 p.m.
Game 3: Butler vs. Miami (Ohio) - Sunday at 11 a.m.
Game 4: Ohio at Purdue - Sunday at 2 p.m.
All-Time vs. Miami (Ohio): Purdue leads 2-0-1
All-Time Series in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Purdue 4, Miami 3 - 2OT (2013 in Oxford)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 3, Miami 2 (2004)
All-Time vs. Ohio: Purdue leads 2-1
All-Time Series in West Lafayette: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Purdue 5, Ohio 0 (2009 in West Lafayette)
Boilermaker Challenge Cup History
Four-Team Event Held for 14th Time
Purdue All-Time Record: 17-6-3
Purdue Titles: Six (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 & 2009)
Other Event Winners: SMU, Drake, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Louisville, Dayton & Xavier
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer kicks off its new season as well as the 2014-15 school year this weekend with the Boilermaker Challenge Cup, welcoming Miami (Ohio), Butler and Ohio to campus for the 14th edition of the four-game tournament.
The Boilermakers (8-10-1 in 2013) host Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Friday and Ohio at 2 p.m. Sunday. Butler, which is led by Purdue alumna Tari St. John (the head coach since 2006), will play Ohio at 4 p.m. Friday and Miami at 11 a.m. Sunday.
A Family Friday ticket special is in place for Friday's season opener. For $12, fans can purchase two adult tickets and two youth tickets. Boilermaker Sports Alliance members can purchase special $1 tickets Friday. Children that attended the Purdue soccer summer camp are invited back for Sunday's game and will receive $1 tickets as well as a chance to take part in several in-game promotions.
An 11-player Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team as well as offensive and defensive MVPs will be announced after the Purdue-Ohio game Sunday. Xavier claimed the 2013 Boilermaker Challenge Cup title after winning a wild 4-3 match vs. Purdue in the final game of the weekend. The Boilermakers will be in search of their seventh BCC tournament title, but first since 2009.
The Boilermaker Soccer Complex will host two tournaments in 2014, with the events bookending the season. Nov. 5-9, teams from around the Big Ten Conference will visit West Lafayette for the eight-team conference tournament, which Purdue is hosting for the first time since 2001.
The Boilermakers are 10-5-1 all-time in season openers and 17-6-3 at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. This season marks the eighth time that the Boilermaker Challenge Cup is serving as a season-opening event. This year also marks the sixth year in a row that Purdue will open against a MAC opponent. The Boilers' first three games are against teams (Miami, Ohio and Ball State) from the MAC, a league they hold a current six-game win streak against.
Led by two goals from Maddy Williams in her collegiate debut, Purdue defeated Akron, 5-0, in the 2013 season opener at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. It was the Boilers' most goals in a season-opener since defeating Ohio by the same score in 2009, which was the Bobcats' last visit to West Lafayette. Williams joined Lauren Sesselmann as the only players in program history to score twice in her first game. She would go on to eclipse Sesselmann's freshman points record. Mollie Kuramoto scored in both games of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup last year to become only the third Boilermaker to find the back of the net in each of the first two games of a season.
Miami is visiting West Lafayette for the first time since 2004. Purdue won a wild high-scoring, back-and-forth game against the RedHawks in Oxford last year, 4-3. The Boilermakers equalized three times in regulation and went on to win in the 102nd minute. It marked the third of Purdue's three games in 2013 in which both teams scored three-plus goals. Entering the season, it had only happened three times in the program's first 15 years. The four goals also matched Miami's season-high against in 2013. The RedHawks posted 12 shutouts a year ago.
Quick Look at Miami (11-6-4 in 2013): Led by 30-year coaching veteran Bobby Kramig, who started the women's program in the mid-90s after previously being the head coach of the men's team, the RedHawks have compiled a 65-32-9 record dating back to 2009 and are 20-1-5 against MAC rivals the last two years. The 2012 team won 20 games and was victorious at Tennessee in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Five different players scored at least five goals last season as Miami recorded 36 as a team in 21 games. Three of those five players are back, including two-time all-conference honoree Kelsey Dinges (7 goals, 6 assists) and 2012 MAC Freshman of the Year Haley Walter (5 goals). The RedHawks are looking to replace three-year starting goalkeeper Allison Norenberg this year. Sophomore Vic Maniaci posted a shutout in the only game in which she played in 2013. Miami won an exhibition game at Radford (2-1) and played Northern Kentucky to a draw (1-1).
Quick Look at Ohio (7-8-5): The Bobcats' 26 goals last season were their most since 2003 (36). Under first-year head coach Aaron Rodgers in 2013, Ohio went 5-1-1 in September, but just 2-5-3 the remainder of the season. Six different players scored at least three goals. Five of those players are back, including the three that shared the team lead with 11 points each - Holly Harris, Alexis Milesky and Carly Manso. The Bobcats will have a new face in goal this fall after Mattie Liston made over 400 career saves as a four-year starter. Senior `keeper Nicole Amari has started at least one game each of the last three years, but only played in 10 total. Ohio played UNC Greensboro to a 2-2 draw in its only exhibition game.
Quick Look at Butler (11-7-2): The Bulldogs posted four of their 11 wins in overtime last season and finished their inaugural season in the Big East with a 4-5 record. Sophia Maccagnone (10 goals, 8 assists) and Elise Kotsakis (6 goals, 4 assists) are back after accounting for 16 of Butler's 28 goals in 2013. Junior Mackenzie Hopkins became the starting goalkeeper during the opening weekend of 2012, shutting out Purdue at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex early that season, but has played in only 10 games total over the last two seasons. She is now the Bulldogs' most experienced `keeper. Butler has posted a 23-12-6 record over the last two seasons and a double-figure win total in four of Tari St. John's eight years as head coach. The Bulldogs lost 2-1 at Eastern Michigan in their lone exhibition match.
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