Oct. 16, 2012
Autism Society of Indiana | @PurdueSoccer on Twitter
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer's most significant home weekend of the season features visits from Wisconsin and Minnesota for games that have been designated as social media night/Boilermaker Blackout Friday and the annual special jerseys date Sunday.
Fans that use the Twitter hashtag #BeatWisc in the week leading up to Friday's 7 p.m. game against the Badgers will receive $1 admission at the gate. Purdue athletics will be compiling a list of Twitter users who utilize the #BeatWisc hashtag and that list will be given to the ticket windows Friday.
The @PurdueSoccer Twitter account will also be tweeting trivia questions this week. The first person to reply via Twitter with the correct answer will win a prize, but prizes can only be claimed by those that attend Friday's game against Wisconsin. Live in-game promotions utilizing Twitter will also be in effect Friday.
The Boilermaker Blackout promotion is an initiative that encourages fans to wear black Purdue clothing to the event. The soccer team designated Friday's game as its Boilermaker Blackout event.
Sunday for the 1 p.m. game against Minnesota, the Boilermakers will wear white uniforms with blue lettering. The number on the back of the jersey will be outlined by blue jigsaw puzzle piece. The players' socks will also feature jigsaw puzzle pieces amidst a cornucopia of colors (red, yellow, royal blue and navy blue). The jigsaw puzzle piece is the official logo of autism awareness.
A silent auction for the special jerseys will be held during the game Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of Indiana. Standard donations will also be accepted at the game.
Purdue women's soccer has annually worn special jerseys for one home game. The Boilermakers sported red, white and blue kits in honor of the military during last year's win against Ohio State. In 2010, they wore purple to highlight the need for domestic violence awareness. The team has also sports pink and yellow jerseys in seasons past.
Sunday will also feature a rededication of the new-look Varsity Soccer Complex before kickoff.
Purdue enters the weekend needing wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota to improve its prospects of qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament. Both opponents are currently among the top eight in the standings after sweeping their home games against Illinois and Northwestern last weekend. But Minnesota (13 points) and Wisconsin (10 points) each close the regular season with their final three games on the road. Minnesota has earned all of its 13 standings points at home while Wisconsin has registered just one road point in its first three Big Ten road games.
Purdue is 6-1-2 at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex this year and closes the regular season with three straight home dates.