WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- Purdue women's soccer continues its eight-game homestand with a four-team weekend tournament, welcoming Cal State Northridge, Dayton and Kansas to the Varsity Soccer Complex for the 12th edition of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.
Friday's action begins at 5 p.m. with Dayton (4-1) squaring off against Kansas (5-1). Purdue (2-4) hosts Cal State Northridge (1-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday's winners and losers will play Sunday, but Kansas is locked into the 11 a.m. opening game to accommodate a return flight departure time.
In the event of a draw Friday, Purdue head coach Robert Klatte said an exhibition penalty kick shootout would be contested to determine which team was considered the winner. The match would still count as a draw on both teams' season records.
Purdue has won six of the previous 11 editions of the Boilermaker Challenge, including three of the first four from 1999-2002 as well as back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. The Boilermakers have posted a 16-4-2 all-time record at the four-team event. The tournament went on a one-year hiatus last fall as Purdue chose to participate in tournaments hosted by Cal State Fullerton and Colorado.
Co-captains Alexis Tryba and Kellie Phillips are the active Purdue players that have scored goals in a Boilermaker Challenge game. Tryba scored twice in a 2009 win against Ball State and Phillips recorded a goal versus Morehead State as a freshman in 2008.
Purdue played well during the opening weekend of its current homestand, finishing as the runner-up to USC at the Big Ten-Pac-12 challenge dubbed the Illini/Boilermaker Cup. After topping Colorado Friday on Alex Hairston's second game-winner of the season, the Boilers lost to USC in overtime Sunday in a game they led at halftime. Purdue finished with an even goal differential, scoring two and allowing two, which was better than Illinois' minus-one mark.
The Boilermakers have managed to score only five goals in their first six games. Thankfully, Hairston's two goals have proved to be the difference in a pair of 1-0 wins. She's believed to be only the third freshman - joining Tryba (2008) and Jessica Okoroafo (2005) - in program history to account for the first two game-winning goals of a season.
Dayton and Kansas were both receiving votes in this week's NSCAA Top 25 poll. The Flyers are ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Jayhawks are third in the Central Region. Both teams have scored a goal in every game this year.
Cal State Northridge, the lone first-time opponent on the Boilers' regular-season schedule, posted its first victory Sunday with a 3-1 home win against Princeton. The Matadors, who were picked third in the Big West preseason poll, have surrendered a goal in each of their first five games this year.
Northridge has not shied away from playing a challenging nonconference schedule, hosting nationally-ranked UCLA for its home opener and traveling to the Lone Star State for games at Texas and Baylor. The Matadors were competitive in their losses to UCLA (2-0), Baylor (1-0) and New Mexico (1-0).
Northridge lost its top three goal scorers from 2010, but welcomed backed starting goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo. Heidi Farran stepped up in the win against Princeton, scoring the first two goals of the game.
Dayton's 4-0 start was highlighted by winning Northwestern's four-team tournament the weekend of Aug. 26-28. The Flyers lost at home to Wisconsin, 3-1, in their lone game last weekend. The Badgers were the first team to prevent UD from scoring multiple goals in a game.
Having compiled a 26-3-2 record in Atlantic 10 Conference play the last three seasons, Dayton was a natural pick as the preseason favorite by the league coaches. The Flyers have won the A-10 Tournament and a first round NCAA Tournament game each of the last two seasons. Last year, they took Ohio State to a shootout in the second round of the NCAAs.
Colleen Williams, who was selected to the Hermann Trophy preseason watch list, headlines Dayton's returning players. With four goals and four assists, she has played a role in eight of UD's 16 goals entering the weekend. Juliana Libertin has also stepped up early in her sophomore season, tallying three goals and three assists.
Kansas has won five straight since losing its season opener to Tennessee in overtime. The Jayhawks have defeated USC and nationally-ranked San Diego during their current win streak. While scoring 15 times in their first six games, KU has also surrendered at least one goal in every game it has played thus far.
Freshmen Ingrid Vidal, a native of Columbia, and Jamie Fletcher have made an immediate impact for the Jayhawks. Both newcomers have scored four goals, Vidal scoring twice in a little over four minutes late in the game against San Diego to lift KU to a come-from-behind victory. Returnees Whitney Berry (seven assists) and Caroline Kastor (four) have setup a number of their new teammates' goals.
Following the busy weekend at the Varsity Soccer Complex, Purdue concludes the nonconference portion of its schedule Wednesday with a night game against in-state rival Indiana State. Big Ten play kicks off Sunday, Sept. 18 with a visit from Michigan State.
Boilermaker Challenge Cup History Purdue Results 16-4-2 All-Time Record 2009 (Champion: Purdue) Def. Valparaiso, 1-0 Def. Ball State, 6-1 2008 (Champion: Purdue) Def. Rhode Island, 3-1 Def. Morehead State, 3-0 2007 (Champion: Louisville) Tied Kentucky, 0-0 Lost Louisville, 1-0 2006 (Champ: San Diego State) Def. Western Kentucky, 4-1 Lost San Diego State, 4-0 2005 (Champion: Cal Poly) Lost Cal Poly, 1-0 Def. DePaul, 4-0 2004 (Champion: Purdue) Def. Cincinnati, 2-1 Def. New Mexico, 3-0 2003 (Champion: Drake) Def. Marshall, 3-0 Tied Eastern Michigan, 2-2 2002 (Champion: Purdue) Def. Long Beach State, 1-0 Def. Buffalo, 4-0 2001 (Champion: SMU) Def. Georgetown, 3-1 Lost SMU, 2-1 2000 (Champion: Purdue) Def. Illinois State, 2-0 Def. West Virginia, 2-0 1999 (Champion: Purdue) Def. Central Florida, 4-2 Def. Delaware, 4-1