All-Time vs Ball State: Purdue leads 2-1
All-Time Series in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Purdue 6, Ball State 1 (2009 in West Lafayette)
All-Time vs. SIU Edwardsville: First Meeting
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer closes out its season-opening homestand with games against a pair of mid-major opponents that won a combined 24 games last season, welcoming Ball State and SIU Edwardsville to the Boilermaker Soccer Complex for Labor Day Weekend.
Kickoff Friday vs. Ball State is set for 7 p.m. Sunday's matinee with the SIU Edwardsville kicks off at 1 p.m. The Greek Life organization with the most members in attendance Friday will win 100 foldable water bottles for their house. Fans with a Purdue-Western Michigan football ticket stub receive $1 admission Sunday. Purdue students that sign up for the Pitch Protectors support group also receive $1 admission Sunday.
Ball State (2-0) visits West Lafayette for the first time since 2009 as the third of three straight Mid-American Conference opponents to begin the new season. SIU Edwardsville (1-0) is now a full-fledged NCAA Division I member following a multiple-year reclassifying period from 2008-11 after moving from the Division II ranks. The Boilermakers have not taken on an Ohio Valley Conference opponent since hosting Eastern Illinois and Tennessee-Martin in August 2012.
Both the Cardinals and Cougars reached the championship games of their conference tournaments last year.
Purdue (1-1) hits the road next week for a Marshall-Youngstown State road trip and then it's on to Big Ten Conference play already. The 13-game league schedule begins Friday, Sept. 12 vs. No. 8 Penn State, marking the earliest the Boilers have ever kicked off Big Ten play.
While Purdue was not thrilled with a season-opening split at the Boilermaker Challenge Cup, having allowed only a fluke own goal in 270 minutes of action (including the exhibition shutout win at Illinois State Aug. 15) represents a promising start to the season defensively. Offensively, Erika Arkans became the sixth freshman to account for Purdue's first goal of a season. Alex Hairston, who remains two assists shy of the program's all-time record, was the last to do so in 2011. Nicole Robertson and Arkans became just the seventh set of Boilers since 2006 to record their first goals in the same game Sunday.
Former high school teammates of Megan Kaser (Elaina Musleh), Mikayla Lasky (Brookylnn Guerrettaz) and Maddy Williams (Lucy Walton) play for Ball State. Like Purdue, the Cardinals' roster also features two players from suburban Toronto. The Boilers' Vanessa Korolas, who started the first two games of her freshman season last weekend, and Ball State senior Nicole Pembleton both hail from Mississauga, Ontario. And while BSU's roster features transfers from Arkansas, Memphis, Ohio State and Murray State, SIU Edwardsville has Ball State transfer Brianna Schmitt.
Quick Look at Ball State: The Cardinals went 11-7-4 last season after not losing consecutive games. Along with their four draws, three other games were decided in overtime. Ball State won a shootout against Miami (Ohio) in the semifinal round of the Mid-American Tournament but lost in the championship game to Western Michigan. The Cardinals are off to a 2-0 start after shutout wins against IPFW (3-0) and Green Bay (2-0). Elaina Musleh (4 goals, 3 assists in 2013), Victoria Jacobs (5 goals), Madison Oyer (6 assists) and Kelsey Wendlandt (4 goals) are all back after being Ball State's offensive leaders last season. Brooke Dennis (0.95 GAA, 41 saves) has taken over at goalkeeper after logging 760 minutes last year while playing in eight games.
Quick Look at SIUE: The Cougars opened their new season with a 2-1 win at first-year program Illinois-Chicago on Aug. 22. They were idle on Sunday and visit IUPUI on Friday of this weekend before heading to Greater Lafayette. SIU Edwardsville (13-5-3 in 2013) played well down the stretch last year and entered the championship game of the OVC Tournament winners of seven of their last nine games. But regular-season OVC champion Tennessee-Martin had the advantage of hosting the conference tournament and defeated SIUE in overtime, 2-1. Kayla Delgado (9 goals in 2013) highlights the Cougars' list of returning offensive players and goalkeeper Jennifer Pelley (0.73 GAA, 75 saves) is back after playing every minute of last season.
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