Sept. 25, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue Athletics will be offering $1 tickets for Purdue faculty and staff for the women's soccer team's Big Ten home opener Friday evening against Northwestern.
As part of faculty and staff appreciation night Friday, fans presenting a faculty/staff Purdue ID card at the ticket windows will receive $1 admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Sunday has been designated as family day at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. Admission will be $1 for fans who present their Purdue-Marshall football ticket stub at the 1 p.m. soccer game against Illinois. A group ticket package of two adult tickets and two youth tickets is also available for $12.
Purdue soccer will host a postgame youth clinic after Sunday's game, open to children eighth grade and under. Admission to the Purdue-Illinois game is free for kids participating in the youth clinic, but attendees are asked to pre-register by contacting Karl Feak in the Purdue Athletics marketing and promotions office at email@example.com or 765-496-6146. The postgame youth clinic is being held in conjunction with the Greater Lafayette Recreational Soccer Alliance.
Purdue returns home this week after playing its first three Big Ten games on the road. The Boilermakers are 6-4-1 overall (1-2-0 Big Ten) and 5-1-1 at home this season. They have scored at least one goal in seven consecutive games, the program's longest single-season streak since 2009. Purdue ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 22 goals.
The Boilermakers have won eight consecutive games against Northwestern (4-5-2, 0-3-0 Big Ten) dating back to 2005, which stands as their longest win streak against any Big Ten rival. The Purdue-Illinois series has been dominated by the home team over the years. The Boilers are 4-0-2 all-time against the Fighting Illini in West Lafayette. Illinois (5-4-1, 2-1-0 Big Ten) won the 2011 Big Ten Tournament and represented the league at the NCAA Tournament.
Purdue is scheduled to play five of its final eight Big Ten games at home.