Purdue (7-2, 2-0 B1G) at Indiana (5-4-1, 1-1 B1G)
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Armstrong Stadium / Bloomington, Indiana
All-Time Series: Purdue leads 13-4-4 / All-Time in Bloomington: Purdue leads 4-2-2
2016: Purdue 2, Indiana 2 (Oct. 22 in West Lafayette)
Last Meeting in Bloomington: Purdue 2, Indiana 0 (2015)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer closes out its five-game road stretch with its most intense game of the season, the annual Golden Boot trophy match against rival Indiana.
Kickoff in Bloomington is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. It's the only Saturday game on the Boilermakers' regular-season schedule this season. The Sept. 23 date marks the earliest in the year that Indiana and Purdue have ever met on the pitch. Previously, the earliest date was Oct. 7 of the 2010 campaign.
The Boilermakers regained possession of the Golden Boot in their last visit to Bloomington (2015), a 2-0 victory that also clinched the program's first winning record since 2009. Both teams held the lead at one point in last year's 2-2 draw at Folk Field, which allowed Purdue to maintain possession of the traveling trophy since the other team must win it back. It was the first draw in the series since 2008.
The Boilermakers' current 11-game scoring streak dates back to last year's draw with IU, which was their penultimate game of the 2016 campaign. That streak ranks as the sixth longest in program history. Purdue entered the week leading the Big Ten with 24 goals. No. 7 Penn State is the only other league team that has yet to be shut out this season.
The Boilermakers are off to their best nine-game start since the 2007 team was 7-1-1 en route to winning 20 games and the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue was ranked 22nd in the NCAA's RPI this week and also joined the United Soccer Coaches' Midwest Region top-15 poll, moving all the way up to No. 7.
ALREADY OVERCAME STARTING CONFERENCE PLAY ON THE ROAD
Purdue and Maryland were the only Big Ten teams scheduled to play their first three conference games on the road this season. That tough start coupled with having to play six of the 11 league games on the road makes for an uphill climb. However, the Boilermakers have already flipped the script. By sweeping last week's Michigan-Michigan State road trip, Purdue has earned more standings points on the road than it did all of last season. It marked only the fourth time in program history that the Boilermakers swept a two-game weekend road trip in Big Ten play. After Saturday's game at IU, Purdue has the advantage of playing five of its final eight games at home.
In program history, only the 2003 and 2008 teams also opened league play 2-0 via a pair of road wins. The 2003 and 2005 teams are the only ones in program history to win at least three consecutive Big Ten road games, a feat the current Boilermakers have a chance to match Saturday.
HASE THE FIFTH FRESHMAN TO SCORE PURDUE'S FIRST BIG TEN GOAL
Kylie Hase's late game-winner at Michigan lifted the Boilermakers to their 10th all-time Big Ten road victory in 1-0 fashion. While she was the first freshman to ever account for that crucial goal in 1-0 Big Ten road win, a freshman scoring Purdue's first goal of the conference season has now happened five times. Hannah Mussallem also accomplished the feat, scoring her first career goal in a 2015 win vs. Illinois.
The Boilermakers actually have more shutouts in their Big Ten opener (11) than they do 1-0 Big Ten road wins (10). Goalkeeper Katie Luce and the Purdue defense kept a clean sheet in the win at Michigan. It marked the second year in a row the Boilermakers opened conference play with their first-ever shutout on a Big Ten rival's home pitch, with Erika Yohn and company keeping Illinois off the scoreboard last season in Champaign.
QUOTING COACH ROFF
"I think the defensive effort to get a shutout at Michigan was tremendous. Of course that involves all 11 players on the field, but your back line is going to be tested by a team like Michigan. They have a lot of pace up top and are very dangerous on restarts. I thought our back line defended extremely well and was composed with the ball. What I really liked about that game at Michigan was how we killed off the clock at the end. Usually there's some nervous moments when you have a goal lead like that late in the match, especially on their home field. We played out of pressure, took the ball to the corner and really didn't give them any great looks after [we took the lead]. Our two center backs Sarah Clark and Maya Lambert, goalkeeper Katie Luce and our midfield -- Kylie Hase and Gabby LaMere -- did a fantastic job. They're the engines of the team, they've got to defend and attack. They did a great job cutting off the space and making it very difficult for Michigan to get things going."
INFORMATION ABOUT INDIANA
The Hoosiers split their conference-opening road trip in Michigan, winning in East Lansing 1-0 and losing in Ann Arbor 2-1. Indiana has also lost at home to common opponents Cincinnati (3-1 in a preseason exhibition) and Louisville (2-0). Saturday's game will be IU's first at home since Aug. 24. The Hoosiers went 4-2-1 on their seven-game road stretch, posting wins at Vanderbilt and No. 23 SMU along with scoring three times in a draw against a quality North Texas side.
Chandra Davidson (5 goals) and Maya Piper (4) have accounted for nine of IU's 14 goals, with Davidson scoring the game-winner in three of the five victories. Mykayla Brown scored the first and final goals of last year's draw at Folk Field; she leads the way with three assists this year. Freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has played every minute so far, helping the Hoosiers shut out Western Michigan, Vandy, SMU and MSU. Kyndal McKinney and Hannah Melchiorre were teammates at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota.