WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule with the second of two home and away weekends, hosting IPFW Friday evening and traveling to southwest Ohio for Sunday's game at Miami University.
Kickoff Friday against IPFW (2-4) is set for 7 p.m. at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. As part of military appreciation night, active and retired military will receive $1 admission. Sunday's game at the Miami Soccer Field begins at 1 p.m. Purdue will be making its first appearance in Oxford since 2003.
Big Ten Conference play gets underway next weekend. The Boilermakers (3-2-1) will be idle on Friday, Sept. 20 before hosting Wisconsin Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.
Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with 20 goals entering the weekend. Eight different players have already found the back of the net at least once, but the quartet of Maddy Williams (6), Chinyelu Asher (3), Mollie Kuramoto (3) and Hadley Stuart (3) have accounted for 15 of the 20 scores. Williams has joined Jessica Okoroafo as the only players in program history to score six times in the first six games of a new season. However, Jordan Pawlik managed to score six times in the first five games in which she played last season - missing the team's fourth and fifth games due to injury.
Individually, Williams is second in the Big Ten with her six goals. Stuart (7) and Alex Hairston (6) rank one-two in the league in assists.
Kuramoto and Williams are two of Purdue's seven Ohio natives returning to their home state Sunday. As natives of the Cincinnati metro area, Claire Albertz (Cincinnati), Kim Love (West Chester), Caitlyn McCullough (Madeira) and Kuramoto (Loveland) will be playing closest to their hometowns this weekend. Former high school teammates of Melissa Casella, Kate Fowee and Megan Kaser play for Miami. The Boilermakers also take on Ohio State in Columbus on the final Sunday of September.
IPFW is the fifth of the Boilers' five first-time opponents this season. Pawlik is Purdue's lone Fort Wayne native on the roster. The Mastodons have seven local products on their roster, many of whom were also part of the Fort Wayne Fever club system that Pawlik played for.
Miami defeated IPFW in Fort Wayne, 3-0, Sept. 6. Among common opponents with Purdue, the RedHawks also posted an exhibition win at Xavier (3-0) and lost in overtime to Louisville (3-2) at home Sunday.
Miami was selected as the preseason favorite to win the East Division of the Mid-American Conference as well as the MAC Tournament by the league coaches. The RedHawks were 20-3-1 last season, winning in overtime at Tennessee in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Miami went 13-0-1 against MAC rivals in 2012 on its way to winning the conference's regular season and tournament titles.
Purdue has won four straight games against MAC opponents dating back to the 2011 season opener at Toledo. However, the Boilers are just 1-8 in road games dating back to the 2011 season finale at Penn State.
The RedHawks have welcomed back a number of key players from last year's 20-win team. Kelsey Dinges (11 goals), Hayley Walter (10), Katy Dolesh (9) and Kayla Zakrzewski (9) were part of high-powered offense that scored 60 goals. They've combined for nine of their team's 13 scores so far this year. Goalkeeper Allison Norenberg, Jess Bronke and Sam Parrish are also back after starting every game a season ago. Parrish is a Noblesville, Ind., native. Miami hosts Milwaukee on Friday.
IPFW opened its season with a five-game homestand, highlighted by shutout wins against Northern Iowa and Ball State. But the Mastodons have been kept off the scoreboard in each of their last three games. Freshman Gaby Romo has accounted for two of IPFW's four goals. Sam Pavlika is back in goal after playing every minute as a freshman in 2012.