Oct. 11, 2007
PURDUE NOTEBOOK - Week 7
No. 8 Purdue (11-1-2, 3-0-1 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (6-2-4, 2-1 Big Ten) and Minnesota (6-4-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
UH, OH ... IT'S IOWA: The Hawkeyes, once a permanent fixture in the basement of the Big Ten standings, are now in the thick of the conference race at 2-1 and are 6-2-4 overall ... and despite Iowa's losing ways over the last several seasons, it has not lost to Purdue since 2004 ... Purdue lost to Iowa 2-1 in (2OT) in 2005 and played the Hawkeyes to a scoreless tie in 2006 ... the all-time series between the clubs is knotted at 3-3-1 ... Iowa is coming off a humbling 6-0 loss at Illinois Sunday, but prior to that had posted a 6-0-2 record ... the Hawkeyes outscored their opponents 12-3 during this stretch ... Iowa's offense is led by Jackie Kaeding, who has scored three goals in 10 matches ... Lindsay Boldt, younger sister of former Boilermaker goalkeeper Elizabeth Boldt, has allowed 11 goals and made 46 saves through 12 matches.
EASIER SAID THAN DONE: Purdue's longest winning streak against any Big Ten opponent is six, and that's against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who haven't beat the Boilermakers since 2000 ... Purdue leads the all-time series 6-3, but the last three matches have been decided by one goal, including last year's overtime thriller won at home by Purdue 2-1 ... the Boilermaker defense will be tested by the Golden Gopher duo of Lindsey Schwartz and Katie Bethke, who have combined for 10 goals and 10 assists and have scored 30 of their team's 62 points ... Chelsey Turner has played every minute in goal and owns a 6-4-1 record with four shutouts and a 0.88 goals against average.
WE'RE WINNING, BUT NO ONE'S WATCHING: Purdue will attempt to break its single-match attendance record of 1,256 Sunday, Oct. 21 at home vs. Illinois at 1 p.m. ... and while the Boilermakers are leading the conference in many offensive and defensive categories, their average home attendance of 292 is second lowest in conference, ahead of only Northwestern ... by comparison, Minnesota and Penn State regularly attract over 1000 fans for each of its games ... below are the top five reasons to attend Purdue's game vs. Illinois:
1.) It's the 200th match in team history and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
2.) Senior Day festivities will feature the recognition of 13 upperclassmen.
3.) The match kicks off at 1 p.m. The Bears start at 4 p.m. and the Colts play Monday.
4.) Purdue averages close to three goals a game at home.
5.) The Boilermakers' defense is tops in the Big Ten, allowing five goals in 14 games.
MAIZE AND BLACK AND BLUE: Purdue received a physical dose of Big Ten soccer over the weekend at Michigan ... the Boilermakers left East Lansing with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Spartans, but played to a scoreless tie in Ann Arbor vs. the Wolverines ... Purdue is 0-4-2 all-time at U-M Soccer Field ... the match against Michigan was a rough-and-tumble affair as the Wolverines received two yellow cards and were called for 15 fouls ... by comparison, Purdue was whistled only for five through four periods ... against MSU, the Boilermakers and Spartans combined for 17 fouls.
ONE STREAK TO ANOTHER: Purdue's 11-match winning streak came to an end with a 0-0 tie at Michigan, but it still owns the conference's longest unbeaten streak at 12 games (11-0-1) ... here are some highlights of that 11-game winning streak - the best in team history:
- Shutout then No. 1 Portland 1-0 on Sept. 9 to win the Nike/Husky Invitational.
- Beat Xavier (4-1) and Wisconsin (4-0) by a combined score of 8-1 on two separate appearances on the Big Ten Network.
- Averaged 3.18 goals per game and outscored the opposition 35-4; scored two or more goals in 10 of 11 matches.
- Came from behind to beat Washington (3-1) and Oregon (3-2).
- Shauna Stapleton scored a team-best 19 points on six goals and seven assists; named NSCAA Player of the Week on Sept. 10.
- Loredana Riverso led the Boilermakers with seven goals in 11 matches, despite starting only five times and playing 420 minutes.
- Jenny Bradfisch pitched two shutouts and combined with Carianne Betts on six others.
- Christy Riggle became Purdue's first defensive back to win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors since 2004.
WHERE PURDUE RANKS IN THE NCAA: T16th in scoring offense with 2.5 goals per game ... No. 6 in goals-against average (.346) ... No. 9 in shutout percentage (.714) ... No. 8 in winning percentage (.857) ... Jenny Bradfisch owns the sixth-best GAA in country at .367.
WHERE PURDUE RANKS IN THE BIG TEN: The Boilermakers are leading the conference in shots (268), goals (35), assists (31), points (101), corner kicks (97), goals allowed (5), goals-against average (0.35) and shutouts (10) ... individual leaders include Shauna Stapleton with 19 points on six goals and seven assists ... Stapleton and Jessica Okoroafo share the conference lead with seven assists, and Loredana Riverso is tied with three other Big Ten players with seven goals ... Jenny Bradfisch is No. 1 with her 0.37 goals-against average.
POLLING PLACES: The Boilermakers' 1-0-1 weekend up north did not affect its poll position one way or another ... Purdue maintained its No. 8 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas poll, moved up a spot to 11th in the Soccer Buzz Magazine rankings, and jumped from No. 9 to 8 in Soccer America's survey ... the Boilermakers' spot in the Soccer Buzz poll is its highest ever from the web-based publication ... Purdue kept its No. 1 Great Lakes regional ranking from Soccer Buzz, but dropped behind Penn State in the version published by the NSCAA.
BACK ON LINE: The internet radio team of Steve Hall and Andrew Staley returns to the airwaves of the world wide web for this weekend's soccer broadcasts ... click the "listen" links located on the schedule portion of purduesports.com and log-in or register for a Boilermaker All-Access account.
INFO GUIDES FOR SALE: 2007 Purdue Soccer information guides are currently on sale to the public for the low cost of $8 ... just click on the "publications" link located on the left-hand side of purduesports.com and print an order form ... this year's publication tops out at 76 pages and includes coach and student-athlete bios, opponent capsules, travel information, last year's statistics and an overhauled history and records section ... seniors Kira Bilecky and Parrissa Eyorokon are featured on the front cover.