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Purdue (5-2) vs. Northwestern (6-1-1)
Friday, Sept. 18 / 7 p.m. / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Boilermaker Soccer Complex (1,000) / West Lafayette, Ind.
All-Time Series: Purdue leads 14-3
All-Time Series in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 7-1
Current Series Streak: Purdue has won 11 in a row
Last Meeting: Purdue 2, Northwestern 1 -- OT (9/19/14 in Evanston)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 1, Northwestern 0 (10/6/13)
Purdue vs. Illinois (6-1)
Sunday, Sept. 20 / 1 p.m. / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Boilermaker Soccer Complex (1,000) / West Lafayette, Ind.
All-Time Series: Illinois leads 11-6-3
All-Time Series in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 5-0-3
Last Meeting: #22 Illinois 3, Purdue 0 (9/21/14 in Champaign)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 1, Illinois 0 (10/4/13)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer kicks off Big Ten Conference play this weekend with home dates against Northwestern and Illinois, aiming to extend a pair of notable streaks against the league's representatives from the Land of Lincoln.
The Boilermakers will be wearing special neon yellow "volt" uniforms for Friday's 7 p.m. special jerseys game vs. Northwestern. As part of this month's Hammer Down Cancer initiative, the jerseys will available for purchase via silent auction and the proceeds will be donated to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. Another family four-pack ticket special of two adults and two youth tickets for $12 will also be available on Friday. The first 250 fans receive a free Hammer Down Cancer car magnet.
Friday a shuttle bus will run from campus to the field from 6-7 p.m. and after the game, picking up/dropping off at the Purdue Memorial Union, Smiley Hall and Tarkington Hall. Purdue students receive free admission to all home games this season.
Sunday's 1 p.m. game vs. Illinois features a pregame tailgate and $1 admission for all members of the Greater Lafayette Regional Soccer Alliance as well as the Boilers FC club team. Purdue Pete and the Boilermaker Special will be on hand at the Soccer Complex. Purdue players will be signing autographs after the game.
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The Boilermakers have won 11 consecutive games vs. Northwestern and are unbeaten (5-0-3) in eight all-time meetings with Illinois in West Lafayette. The win streak vs. the Wildcats dates back to 2005 as the longest against any opponent in program history. Maddy Williams scored the game winner in a pair of 1-0 wins as Purdue swept a home weekend against Illinois and Northwestern in October 2013. Erika Arkans accounted for the golden goal in the Boilers' overtime win in Evanston last year, becoming the first freshman to ever score an OT game winner for the program.
Coincidentally, both Purdue and Northwestern played at elevation last weekend. While the Boilers were participating in the Montana Cup, NU was also amidst mountains for games at Colorado State and Colorado. The Wildcats swept the road trip and are now 10-2-3 in their last 15 games dating back to mid-October of last year. After rallying to qualify for the 2014 Big Ten Tournament and then upsetting top-seeded Penn State in the quarterfinals at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, NU may have finally turned the corner under fourth-year head coach Michael Moynihan.
Drew Roff's 2011 Illinois State team split a pair of games with Moynihan's nationally ranked Milwaukee side. Moynihan made the move to Northwestern a year later. Meanwhile, Illinois is also an opponent Roff and his staff is quite familiar with, playing a home-and-home series with the Illini in in 2012-13 as well as being regular spring opponents.
Illinois received good news back in March when Janelle Flaws, who ranks second nationally among active NCAA players with 51 career goals, was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing all of 2010 and 2012 with knee injuries. Her hat trick in the final 11 minutes of the game was the difference in the Illini's 3-0 win vs. Purdue last season. She has accounted for eight of Illinois' 16 goals entering the weekend as the only Big Ten player with more scores than Williams' six.
Purdue has not won its Big Ten opener since defeating Northwestern in Evanston in 2008. The Boilermakers' 14 all-time wins against NU are the most against any opponent. Purdue has outscored the Wildcats 22-5 while shutting them out six times during the 11-game series win streak.
Quick Look at Northwestern: Led by six-foot tall sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Clem, the Wildcats surrendered only three goals in their eight non-conference games. Due to construction to NU's athletics facilities along the Lake Michigan shorefront, Northwestern is not playing a true home game this year. NU is playing its Big Ten home schedule at the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park in suburban Bridgeview. The Wildcats played their season-opening weekend games at area high schools and had neutral-site games in Milwaukee and South Bend the following weekend. With two goals and three assists, Addie Steiner has contributed to five of NU's 11 goals. She had a team-high 10 goals last year, the most by a Wildcat since 2007.
Quick Look at Illinois: The Fighting Illini have scored in each of their first seven regular-season games entering their Big Ten opener Friday at Indiana. But after scoring 13 times over their first four games, they had just three goals over their last three games. Three-year starting goalkeeper Claire Wheatly has surrendered just 25 goals since the start of the 2014 season after giving up 50 in 23 games as a freshman. Nicole Breece, Hope D'Addario, Regan Robishaw, Allison Stuckey and Aliina Weykamp are also experienced multiple-year starters for Illinois. Robishaw and D'Addario have accounted for game winners in 1-0 victories this season.
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