Purdue (5-2) at Michigan (3-1-3)
Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET
U-M Soccer Stadium / Ann Arbor, Michigan
All-Time Series: Michigan leads 10-3-4 / All-Time in Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 7-0-2
Last Meeting: Michigan 1, Purdue 0 -- OT (2015 in Ann Arbor)
Purdue's Last Win vs. Michigan: Purdue 1, Michigan 0 (2009 in West Lafayette)
Purdue at Michigan State (4-3)
Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. ET
DeMartin Soccer Complex / East Lansing, Michigan
All-Time Series: MSU leads 9-8-1 / All-Time in East Lansing: MSU leads 5-4
Last Meeting: MSU 2, Purdue 1 -- OT (2016 in West Lafayette)
Last Meeting in East Lansing: MSU 4, Purdue 0 (2013)
Purdue's Last Win vs. MSU: Purdue 2, MSU 0 (2008 in West Lafayette)
Purdue's Last Win in East Lansing: Purdue 2, MSU 0 (2007)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer continues its five-game road stretch with a long weekend in Michigan, visiting the Wolverines and Spartans for the opening weekend of Big Ten Conference play.
Kickoff Thursday in Ann Arbor is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Sunday, the Boilermakers make their first appearance at Michigan State's DeMartin Soccer Complex for the first time since October 2013. It's a 1 p.m. kickoff in East Lansing.
Purdue head coach Drew Roff enjoys a double homecoming this week. The Ann Arbor native is a Michigan State alumnus and was a four-year starting forward for the Spartans in the mid-90s. Michigan natives Sarah Clark (Brighton) and Maddy Olsen (Battle Creek) also return to their home state this week. Maddy Williams (Perrysburg) hails from Northwest Ohio and her family hosted the team for lunch during Wednesday's trip from Folk Field to Ann Arbor.
The Boilermakers play their first three conference games on the road this year. They make the short trip south to Bloomington next weekend for their annual Golden Boot rivalry game vs. Indiana. Purdue won its Big Ten opener last year at Illinois, posting its first conference-opening victory since 2008.
The Boilermakers have played 26 regular-season road games at 20 different locations since their last appearance in East Lansing. Purdue made three trips to Iowa City during that span.
Andrea Petrina (vs. Michigan State in 2016) and Williams (vs. Michigan in 2014) have both scored goals against this weekend's opponents during their careers. The last two Purdue-Michigan have gone to overtime. However, the Boilermakers did not play MSU in 2015 and U-M last year.
SCORED FIRST IN EVERY GAME; 9-GAME GOAL SCORING STREAK
Dating back to the 2016 season finale, the Boilermakers have scored first in eight consecutive games. That represents the longest scored-first streak in program history. The 2009 and 2015 teams scored first in their first six games. The 2002 and 2006 teams also posted six-game streaks in which they scored first.
Purdue has also scored in the first half of all seven games, registering goals in the opening 10 minutes of a match three times. For the season, the Boilermakers have held the lead for 438 of the 630 minutes (70 percent) while trailing for just seven minutes.
Purdue has scored in nine straight games overall dating back to the penultimate game of the 2016 campaign. That's the team's longest streak since scoring in the first 13 games of the 2013 campaign.
STRONG SHOWING IN PRE-CONFERENCE PLAY
The Boilermakers begin conference play ranked tied for second in the Big Ten with 17 goals. Purdue has compiled a plus-10 goal differential entering the Big Ten season for the first time since 2009. Of the previous six teams in program history to compile a double-figure goal differential entering league play, four went on to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The 17 goals are the most since the 2013 team scored 26 in its eight non-conference games.
QUOTING COACH ROFF
"[Center backs] Sarah Clark and Maya Lambert are so good with the ball. They're so technically clean. They have great composure for young players and don't get rattled. We've been able to play out of the back which has enabled us to build some quality attacks. They relieve a lot of pressure, along with goalkeeper Katie Luce, who's very confident with her feet. We're able to play around the forward line as well as lift our head up and pick out some of those balls over the top when the other team is pressing us. It's a new game for us when we can connect short passes and draw the other team in, then also be able to that play the ball in behind with accuracy. They have a lot of savvy and composure along with great technique. They've done well. We look forward to them getting even better as they battle some of these top attacking players in the Big Ten."
THE WORD ON THE WOLVERINES
Michigan has played one of the top non-conference schedules in the Big Ten. Including a preseason game vs. nationally ranked West Virginia, U-M has played five games against Power Five conference schools plus a neutral-site contest against a quality Santa Clara program. The Wolverines are 3-0-1 at home and 0-1-2 away from Ann Arbor this fall. Scoring has been an issue as of late. Michigan has just four goals in its last five games, but still managed to salvage three draws during that stretch and has conceded just four goals in 690 minutes (0.52 GAA).
Taylor Timko (3 goals, 2 assists) and Brooke Cilley (5 assists) have both had an impact on half of U-M's 10 goals. Cilley also leads the team in minutes, playing 675 of the possible 690. Senior captain Ani Sarkisian has started every game of her career as a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. Three different goalkeepers have already started multiple games for the Wolverines. Sarah Jackson has logged a team-high 330 minutes in goal, playing the final 65 minutes of the scoreless draw with No. 17 Wake Forest last week and going the distance in two other draws.
MORE ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE
Lights were installed at the DeMartin Soccer Complex this fall and MSU will host Indiana for its first Big Ten home game under the lights Thursday. The Spartans have a quality road win against an always-competitive Samford side, but are just 2-3 at home entering the week. They've been outscored 9-1 in the three losses. Washington and Wake Forest both scored four times in East Lansing on the same road trips in which they were shut out in Ann Arbor.
Jamie Cheslik (3 goals, 2 assists) and Danielle Stephan (1 goal, 4 assists) have both had an impact on more than half of MSU's nine goals. Cheslik is a four-year starter who had the golden goal and an assist in the Spartans' overtime win at Folk Field last year. Stephan was Michigan's 2017 Miss Soccer award winner at DeWitt High School and a teammate of Sarah Clark with ECNL national champion Michigan Hawks club. Redshirt sophomore Reilley Ott has taken over as the primary goalkeeper, seeing her first collegiate action this season.
Purdue won six straight games in the series from 2003 to 2008, but now it's Michigan State that's riding a six-game win streak in the series. Surprisingly, that ranks as Purdue's second-longest current winless drought against any Big Ten rival, having only struggled more against perennial power Penn State in recent years.