Purdue (9-6-1, 4-4-1 B1G) at No. 9 Penn State (10-3-2, 6-1-2 B1G)
Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Jeffrey Field / University Park, Pennsylvania
All-Time Series: PSU leads 16-1-1
All-Time in University Park: PSU leads 9-0
2016: No. 16 PSU 1, Purdue 0 (Oct. 16 in University Park)
Last Win vs. PSU: No. 24 Purdue 3, No. 13 PSU 1 (2003 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer's final regular-season road game is in the same location as last year as the Boilermakers make a return trip to Central Pennsylvania to square off against No. 9 Penn State.
Kickoff at Jeffrey Field in University Park is set for 7 p.m. ET. Purdue is visiting Central Pennsylvania in consecutive years for the first time since going there four years in a row from 2004 to 2007. The 2006 Purdue-PSU game was played in West Lafayette, but the Boilermakers made the trip east late in the season for the Big Ten Tournament at Jeffrey Field.
The week they've played Purdue, the Nittany Lions have now been ranked in the top 10 of the United Soccer Coaches poll five times in the last six years.
Penn State won last year's game against the Boilermakers 1-0. However, Purdue played well in the loss, out shooting PSU (15-13) for the first time since 2007. That was also the last time the Boilermakers limited the 18-time Big Ten champion to one goal in Central Pennsylvania. Eight Purdue players that saw action in last year's game at PSU are making the trip again this year. Maddy Williams is also in the mix this year. She scored at PSU as a freshman in 2013.
The Boilermakers remain in the thick of the Big Ten Tournament chase with two regular-season games remaining. Currently in eighth place, Purdue could still earn the right to host a quarterfinal game on Oct. 29 or miss out on qualifying for the eight-team field. Only five points separates fourth-place Northwestern and ninth-place Iowa.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHASE
Current Seeds & Remaining Games as of Oct. 19
4. Northwestern (5-3-1, 16 points) -- vs. Nebraska, at Michigan State
5. Rutgers (4-2-3, 15 points) -- at Indiana, vs. Michigan
T-6. Nebraska (3-1-5, 14 points) -- at Northwestern, vs. Minnesota
T-6. Wisconsin (4-3-2, 14 points) -- at Iowa, vs. Penn State
8. Purdue (4-4-1, 13 points) -- at Penn State, vs. Maryland
9. Iowa (3-4-2, 11 points) -- vs. Wisconsin, at Illinois
T-10. Michigan (2-4-3, 9 points) -- vs. Illinois, at Rutgers
T-10. Indiana (2-4-3, 9 points) -- vs. Rutgers, at Ohio State
Meanwhile, Penn State (6-1-2, 20 points) is in a three-team battle with Ohio State (7-2, 21) and Minnesota (6-2-1, 19) for the conference title. Ohio State and Minnesota square off Friday in St. Paul. Penn State and Minnesota do not play during the regular season this year.
MADDY REMAINS ONE GOAL FROM THE RECORD
Williams scored her 10th goal of the season in last week's overtime heartbreaker vs. Nebraska, becoming the first player in player in program history with a pair of 10-goal seasons. With 34 career goals, she's only one shy of Jessica Okoroafo's all-time record. She enters the weekend second in the Big Ten in goals, assists (8) and points (28). The senior continues to share the league lead in game-winning goals (5).
Williams' 10 goals are a big reason why Purdue has scored in all nine home games and 14 of the 15 overall this season. Despite their recent losing streak, the Boilermakers are the only Big Ten team has been shut out just once this season. However, PSU has conceded just one goal at home this year, it coming in a 3-1 season-opening win vs. BYU.
With her goal against Nebraska, Williams has now scored against nine of the 13 other Big Ten teams during her career. Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin are the only teams she has not scored against. She'll get a chance against UMD in next week's regular-season finale. Meanwhile, she only played twice against Rutgers during her career.
QUICK LOOK AT PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions have conceded just two goals in their nine Big Ten games, helping them earn points in eight of those games. They enter Friday's game riding a shutout streak of 409 consecutive minutes, having not conceded a goal since the second half of a 1-0 loss at Ohio State on Sept. 30. Of their 13 goals in conference play, nine were scored in home wins vs. Northwestern (3-0), Michigan (2-0) and Michigan State (4-0).
Eleven PSU players have scored this year, with seven accounting for multiple goals. Megan Schafer leads the way with five goals, which is notable because PSU has had at least one double-figure goal scorer in every year since 2011. Charlotte Williams (2 goals, 6 assists) and Schafer (3 assists) have both had a direct impact on eight goals this year. Four-year starter Elizabeth Ball and Kaleigh Riehl lead the way defensively. Reihl redshirted last season after missing the first few weeks of the season while for playing for the USA in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Goalkeeper Rose Chandler is in her first season as PSU's starter but is also a veteran of the U-20 World Cup.