WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Currently leading the Big Ten in goals scored and enjoying its finest season of the decade, Purdue women's soccer begins a home-heavy stretch Thursday with a 6 p.m. ET game vs. Illinois live on the Big Ten Network.
The Boilermakers (7-2-1, 2-0-1 B1G) enter the week as one of three Big Ten teams that are unbeaten in conference play. However, Purdue was the only one of the three to do it while playing its first three Big Ten games on the road.
Now the schedule turns home heavy. Over the next month, the Boilermakers will play five of their next eight games at award-winning Folk Field, where admission is free to all fans all season.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Thursday, Sept. 28 vs. Illinois at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1 vs. Northwestern at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 vs. Nebraska at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 15 vs. Iowa at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25 vs. Maryland at 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 28 VS. ILLINOIS
Live on the Big Ten Network
Fans are encouraged to wear black for the annual Boilermaker Blackout game
First 100 Purdue students receive a free Purdue scarf
A shuttle bus will provide rides from campus to Folk Field, beginning its route at 4:45 p.m. from the Stewart Center; additional stops are Third & Jischke and Third and McCutcheon
Pitch Protectors pregame tailgate with free pizza
Great Forecast: 72 degrees and sunny
WEDNESDAY'S PURDUE JUGGLE CONTEST ON CAMPUS
Meet members of Purdue Soccer at the Lionhead Fountain in the heart of campus to participate in the #PurdueJuggleContest. There will be three half-hour windows of soccer juggling competitions: 11:30 a.m. to Noon, Noon to 12:30 p.m., and 12:30 to 1 p.m. The person with the most consecutive juggles without dropping the ball wins a Purdue scarf.
SUNDAY, OCT. 1 VS. NORTHWESTERN
Members of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament championship team will receive special recognition at halftime
John Purdue Club hosting pregame alumni tailgate open to all alumni and their family members
Northwestern is the defending Big Ten co-champions
Great Forecast: 71 degrees
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 25 goals and are one of two teams in the conference (along with No. 7 Penn State) that has not been shut out this season.
Purdue and Maryland were the only Big Ten teams that had to play their first three conference games on the road. The Boilermakers did not allow that tough draw to slow them down, taking seven of the nine possible points in road games at Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana. Purdue has earned a standings point in each of its first three conference game for the first time since 2009.
Senior Maddy Williams leads the Big Ten with eight assists and 24 points. She's also second with eight goals. She's already broken Purdue's all-time assists record. Williams tied the program's all-time points record Saturday at Indiana and remains three goals shy of that mark.
The Boilermakers have used the same starting lineup in nine of their first 10 games. Ten different players have started all 10 games. Six different players have already scored multiple goals.
The Boilermakers have already easily surpassed last year's win & goal totals thanks to an impact freshman class. Six freshmen are starting for Purdue this fall -- Katie Luce, Sarah Clark, Maya Lambert, Kylie Hase, Sarah Griffith and Hannah Melchiorre. Their classmates Katie Stephens and Alyssa Lum have also played in all 10 games and rank 1-2 among the reserves in minutes.
Big Ten Network will be televising a game at Folk Field this week for the first time since the 2014 Big Ten Tournament. Purdue's last home game on the BTN was a September 2014 win vs. Ohio State in which Williams scored twice. She scored the game-winner in the 81st minute off a Christa Szalach flip throw-in. Hannah Mussallem continues to utilize the flip throw-in for the Boilermakers and Illinois has also used the play regularly over the years.
The Boilermakers are 6-0-3 all-time at home vs. Illinois. Purdue's conference-opening win in Champaign last season marked the first time the road team had ever won in the series.
The Boilermakers are ranked 22nd in the NCAA RPI again this week.