Nebraska (8-3-3, 2-1-3 B1G) at Purdue (9-4-1, 4-2-1 B1G)
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Folk Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Series: Nebraska leads 5-3 / All-Time in West Lafayette: Tied 2-2
Series as Big Ten Rivals: Nebraska leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Purdue 2, Nebraska 1 (2015 in West Lafayette)
Iowa (7-5-1, 2-3-1 B1G) at Purdue
Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Folk Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Series: Iowa leads 8-6-3 / All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 3-2-2
2016: Iowa 1, Purdue 0 (Sept. 30 in Iowa City)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 1, Iowa 1 (2011)
Purdue's Last Win vs. Iowa: Purdue 3, Iowa 2 -- OT (2009 in West Lafayette)
Thursday: Hammer Down Cancer game with special jerseys silent auction; free shuttle bus to field
Sunday: Senior Day; postgame autographs
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer continues its postseason push with its final multi-game home weekend, welcoming Nebraska and Iowa to Folk Field.
The Boilermakers will wear their special new yellow volt uniforms for Thursday's 7 p.m. ET game vs. Nebraska, which is the annual Hammer Down Cancer match. Kickoff Sunday vs. Iowa is slated for 1 p.m. ET. Purdue's seniors will be recognized at 12:40 p.m. as part of the Senior Recognition Day ceremony.
The Boilermakers strive to continue riding the home-field advantage at Folk Field that has been a big part of their turnaround season. Purdue is 6-1 at home this year, five of those wins coming in shutout fashion. The Boilermakers have scored in 11 straight home games dating back to last season, good for the third-longest home streak in program history. The team's current shutout streak of 452 consecutive minutes at Folk Field is a program record.
Purdue's senior class has led the way this year. By winning nine of their first 12 games, the Boilermakers built a strong foundation that has led to a top-30 RPI. It kept the Wisconsin-Minnesota weekend from being a make-or-break road trip. And with a little help around the league last week, Purdue remained in control of its own destiny in the pursuit of a home game in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament via a top-four finish in the standings.
-- Purdue Soccer (@PurdueSoccer) October 10, 2017
Seniors Vanessa Korolas, Gabby LaMere, Andrea Petrina, Maddy Olsen, Maddy Williams and Erika Yohn have made a combined 238 starts for the Boilermakers. Together, they're a senior class with representation at each level of the field -- Olsen and Yohn at goalkeeper, Korolas at defender, LaMere at midfielder, Petrina and Williams at forward.
Korolas has started all 68 games since the start of 2014. Six of her seven career assists have set up game-winning goals. She and LaMere, as the team's holding midfielder, have helped Purdue register a pair of shutout streaks longer than 300 consecutive minutes this year.
Williams (9) and Petrina (6) have combined for 15 of the Boilermakers' 29 goals this season. As Purdue's all-time record holder in assists and points to go along with her 33 career goals, Williams has had a direct impact on 59 goals during career. That's more than any other Boilermaker. The only game she didn't start during her career was Senior Day 2013 so injured teammate Shae Desmond could be on the field for the opening kickoff.
Petrina will make her 50th career start Thursday. She has had a direct impact on 24 goals, 23 of those coming during head coach Drew Roff's tenure. She set Purdue single-game records for shots and shots on goal in consecutive matches late last season.
Yohn has led Purdue to a 13-11-1 record in her 25 career starts and ranks among the program's all-time leaders in almost all the goalkeeper stats. Olsen also earned the right to start multiple games early in her career.
FIRST HOME GAME VS. THE HAWKEYES IN A WHILE
Iowa played three games at Folk Field at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, but has not played a true road game at Purdue since September 2011. That's easily the longest the Boilermakers have ever gone without hosting a conference rival. Each of the last four meetings in the series have been played in Iowa City; the teams did not play in 2015.
Purdue has played 65 regular-season home games vs. 40 different teams since last hosting Iowa. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin have all made four visits to Folk Field since the last Purdue-Iowa game in West Lafayette.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NEBRASKA
The Boilermakers won a big game against the Huskers in a similar spot two years ago. After dropping both ends of a Minnesota-Wisconsin road trip, Purdue scored a key 2-1 home win against Nebraska that helped lead to the program's first winning record since 2009.
The Huskers were nationally ranked for the first month of the season amid a 6-2 start. But their Big Ten opener at Iowa on Sept. 15 had to be postponed due to multiple Nebraska players falling ill that week. Since their 11-day layoff in September, the Huskers have three draws vs. two wins. Draws vs. Penn State, Michigan and Rutgers could all be considered positive results. But now they have four straight road games on the schedule with the Iowa game being rescheduled for Oct. 18.
Haley Hanson (8) and Elyse Huber (6) have combined for 14 of Nebraska's 26 goals, but 11 different Huskers have scored this year. Brenna Ochoa leads the way with five assists as the team's primary playmaker. Defenders Sinclair Miramontez and Alli Peterson have not left the pitch this season, helping the Huskers register 112 more shots than the opposition. Sophomore Aubrei Corder is in her second season as the starting goalkeeper.
INFORMATION ABOUT IOWA
The Hawkeyes earned six big points last weekend by defeating Rutgers and Maryland in Iowa City, ending a five-game winless drought. The offense has come alive as of late. After scoring just one goal over a four-game stretch from Sept. 8 to 24, Iowa has 9 goals in its last four games entering Thursday's match at Indiana.
Devin Burns (8 goals, 4 assists), Olivia Fiegel (6 goals) and Kaleigh Haus (5 goals, 4 assists) have accounted for 19 of the Hawkeyes' 26 goals. Morgan Kemerling, Sarah Griffith's high school teammate, leads the way defensively as a three-year starter. Sophomore Claire Graves (Noblesville, Indiana) is in her second year as the starting goalkeeper.