Oct. 8, 2010
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Television: Big Ten Network
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In search of its first win in the Twin Cities since 2005, Purdue women's soccer travels northwest this weekend to take on 16th-ranked Minnesota Sunday afternoon. The game is set to be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. (EDT) at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
Purdue (6-7-2, 2-2-1 Big Ten) evened its Big Ten Conference record with a home win against Indiana Thursday, topping the Hoosiers in the annual Golden Boot rivalry game behind goals from Kellie Phillips and Katie Leinert. Phillips scored her team-high fifth goal of the season and 11th career. Leinert's second-half insurance goal proved to be the game-winner. It was her third score of the season and seventh as a Boilermaker.
Purdue goalkeeper Carianne Betts was back in net Thursday versus Indiana after missing the Michigan State game on Oct. 3. With 59 saves, she continues to lead the Big Ten Conference. She matched her season-high with seven saves against the Hoosiers.
Purdue leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 7-6. The Golden Gophers have won the last three meetings, all in shutout fashion, after Purdue won seven in a row from 2001-07. Four of the last five Minnesota-Purdue games have ended with 1-0 final scores. Both teams have posted an overtime win at home during that stretch (Purdue in 2006 and Minnesota in 2008).
While the Boilermakers have not won at Minnesota since 2005, due to a scheduling quirk they have only played the Gophers in the Twin Cities once (2008) since then.
Minnesota (9-2-2, 1-1-1 Big Ten), which is ranked first in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Top 10, leads the Big Ten Conference with 25 goals, but seven of those goals were scored in an Aug. 31 win at Belmont. Shari Eckstrom (5 goals), Molly Rouse (4) and Allie Phillips (4) have accounted for 13 of Minnesota's 25 goals.
The Gophers have also been very stingy defensively, posting five of their nine wins in shutout fashion. Minnesota has surrendered only seven goals in its 13 games and has yet to give up multiple goals in a game this year.
The Gophers saw their 11-game unbeaten streak snapped with a Sept. 30 home loss to Wisconsin. Minnesota has not played since and will have had nine days off when it takes the field versus Purdue. The Gophers conclude a stretch of four home games over a five-game stretch Sunday. Minnesota was slated to play three of its first four Big Ten games at home.
After Thursday's game at Michigan, Purdue is slated to have nine days off and is scheduled to play only one game (Oct. 24 vs. Ohio State) between Oct. 15 and Halloween.
A live-in game blog as well as a links to Minnesota's live stats will be available at www.purduesports.com.