THIS WEEK FOR THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue (9-4-1, 4-2-1 B1G) hosts Nebraska (8-3-3, 2-1-3 B1G) and Iowa (7-5-1, 2-3-1 B1G)
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.
Boilermakers at Home in 2017: 6-1 with 5 shutout wins
Goals For/Against/Differential at Home: 16/3/+13
Current Shutout Streak at Folk Field: 452 consecutive minutes
Thursday: Hammer Down Cancer Game
Sunday: Senior Recognition Day
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As the women's soccer season begins its stretch run this week, Purdue remains in control of its own destiny in the pursuit of a home game in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Despite dropping both of its games on this past weekend's tough Wisconsin-Minnesota road trip, the Boilermakers remained in sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten standings. The top four teams host the Oct. 29 quarterfinal games of the Big Ten Tournament. The semifinals (Nov. 3) and championship game (Nov. 5) are slated to be held at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
Purdue hosts Nebraska and Iowa this week at Folk Field, where admission is free for all fans. The Boilermakers are one of six Big Ten teams that are scheduled to play three of their final four games at home. Their 13 standings points are currently the most among that group of six.
Meanwhile, four conference rivals -- Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin -- all play three of their final four games on the road. The Buckeyes, Gophers and Nittany Lions are the three teams in front of Purdue.
The Boilermakers are 6-1 at home this season, good for the third-best home winning percentage in the league entering the week. Only Penn State (7-0) and Rutgers (7-1) have been better at home. Additionally, Purdue's seven standings points on the road remain the most in the conference.
The Boilermakers have a plus-13 goal differential at home and enter the week riding a shutout streak of 452 consecutive minutes at Folk Field. They've scored in 11 straight home games dating back to last season and won their last five home games in shutout fashion. Both defensive benchmarks are the longest in program history. Though not consecutively, Purdue also had at least five shutouts at home in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012. The 2007 team set the program record with 10 clean sheets at home.
The Boilermakers will wear their special neon yellow ("volt") jerseys vs. Nebraska for Thursday's annual Hammer Down Cancer game. The jerseys will be available via silent auction during the game, with proceeds benefitting the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. The free student shuttle will be providing rides to Folk Field again.
Sunday vs. Iowa, the Boilermakers will recognize eight seniors for their contributions to Purdue soccer prior to kickoff. Student-athletes Vanessa Korolas, Gabby LaMere, Maddy Olsen, Andrea Petrina, Maddy Williams and Erika Yohn will be joined by Emma Alfred and Natalie Brooks from the support staff.
The Boilermakers have not hosted Iowa since September 2011.
THREE OF FINAL FOUR GAMES AT HOME
Purdue (4-2-1, 13 points): Nebraska, Iowa, at Penn State, Maryland
Rutgers (3-2-2, 11 points): Penn State, Ohio State, at Indiana, Michigan
Northwestern (3-3-1, 10 points): Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, at Michigan State
Illinois (2-5, 6 points): Wisconsin, Minnesota, at Michigan, Iowa
Indiana (1-4-2, 5 points): Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, at Ohio State
Maryland (1-5-1, 4 points): Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, at Purdue
THREE OF FINAL FOUR GAMES ON ROAD
Ohio State (6-1, 18 points): at Maryland, at Rutgers, at Minnesota, Indiana
Minnesota (5-1-1, 16 points): at Northwestern, at Illinois, Ohio State, at Nebraska
Penn State (5-1-1, 16 points): at Rutgers, at Maryland, Purdue, at Wisconsin
Wisconsin (3-2-2, 11 points): at Illinois, at Northwestern, at Iowa, Penn State
GAME IN HAND BUT MORE ROAD GAMES REMAINING
Nebraska (2-1-3, 9 points): at Purdue, at Indiana, at Iowa, at Northwestern, Minnesota
Iowa (2-3-1, 7 points): at Indiana, at Purdue, Nebraska, Wisconsin, at Illinois
THREE GAMES REMAINING
Michigan (2-3-3, 9 points): at Michigan State, Illinois, at Rutgers
Michigan State (1-7, 3 points): Michigan State, at Maryland, Northwestern