Oct. 20, 2005
BOILERMAKER NOTEBOOK - WEEK 9
No. 20 Purdue (10-5, 6-1 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (2-10-4, 0-5-2) and Illinois (8-4-3, 4-2-1)
THE `I's' HAVE IT: Purdue completes its regular season with three consecutive matches against the Big Ten's `I' schools: Iowa, Illinois and Indiana ... the Boilermakers' all-time record against the `I' schools is 11-8-3, which includes a 7-1 mark against the Hoosiers and a 3-2-1 mark vs. the Hawkeyes ... against Illinois, Purdue is 1-5-2 ... the Boilermakers have not lost to Iowa since 2000, and their last and only loss to IU was in 1999 ... the Fighting Illini have had Purdue's number, winning or tying every match with the Old Gold and Black since 2000.
HAWKEYES WITH BLACK EYES: After starting their conference season on a promising note with ties against Wisconsin and Northwestern in consecutive games, the Iowa Hawkeyes have dropped their last five Big Ten games by a combined score of 20-2 ... Iowa was blanked in its first three conference contests, losing to Ohio State (3-0), Minnesota (1-0) and Penn State (8-0) ... last weekend, the Hawkeyes lost consecutive 4-1 decisions to Michigan State and Michigan ... the Hawkeye defense has been swallowed up by opposing offenses, giving up an average of 17.1 shots per game and allowing 2.48 goals per game ... as a team, Iowa has been outshot this season, 273 to 181, and outscored 42-18 ... Erin MacIssac has been the starting goalkeeper as of late, and in 771 minutes she has given up 22 goals and made 50 saves ... her goals against average is a robust 2.57 and her win-loss record stands at 1-6-2 ... on offense, Stephanie Hyink has scored a third of the team's 18 goals with six ... Hyink has also provided three assists to give her 15 points ... Katelyn Quinn, who has traditionally been Iowa's leading scorer over the last few years, enters Friday's match with six points on two goals and two assists ... Iowa has proven itself to be a very physical team, picking up 223 fouls, 13 yellow cards and one red card ... the Hawkeyes are led by fifth-year head coach Carla Baker, who owns a career win-loss record of 19-43-9.
'ILL' COMMUNICATION: The Boilermakers are hoping to break their two-game losing streak to Illinois, when they play host to the Fighting Illini Sunday at 1 p.m. ... the last time these two teams met on the pitch of the Varsity Soccer Complex in 2003, the match ended in a 1-1 tie ... since then Purdue has lost to the Illini twice, dropping a 2-0 decision in the second round of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament, and losing 2-1 at Illinois Soccer Stadium in 2004 ... the Fighting Illini are currently embroiled in a four-team battle with Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan State for the second seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which begins Nov. 3 at the University of Michigan ... last Friday, Illinois was engaged in a shootout with Michigan, winning 3-2 ... Sunday, they played to a scoreless tie with MSU, despite outshooting the Spartans 21-10 ... against the Wolverines, Illinois outshot them, 24-18, and received goals from Eva Strickland, Natasha Karniski and Jessica Bayne ... the Karniski and Bayne goals were scored 41 seconds apart in the 50th minute ... Bayne, Strickland and Karniski lead the team on offense, having scored 14 of the team's 24 goals ... Bayne and Strickland lead the team with five scores, while Karniski is the team's assist leader with six ... as a team, Illinois has outshot its opposition, 270-155, and outscored them 24-16 ... goalkeeper Lindsey Carstens is following in the footsteps of former Illini keeper and All-Big Ten first-team selection Leisha Alcia (2001-2004), posting a 1.00 goals-against average and five complete game shutouts through 16 games ... however, since the start of the Big Ten season, Carstens has just one shutout and has allowed 12 goals through seven games, equaling a 1.58 GAA ... Carstens has been forced to make 54 saves this season, which is the second lowest total in the conference next to Penn State's Erin McLeod (49) ... Illinois is lead by fourth-year head coach Janet Rayfield, who owns an all-time coaching record of 94-89-15 ... at Illinois, Rayfield's win-loss record stands at 49-25-8.
EVERYTHING'S RELATIVE: Iowa sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Boldt is the younger sister of former Purdue goalkeeper Elizabeth Boldt, who played in between the pipes of the Varsity Soccer Complex from 1998 to 2001 ... Lindsey Boldt's high school coach was Rob Harrington, who was a Purdue assistant coach between 1999 and 2001.
PRETTY IN PINK: Fans making a minimum donation of $30 to Colleges Against Cancer will have the chance to win one of Purdue's pink jerseys immediately following Friday's game ... half the donation will offset the cost to produce this one-of-a-kind special game uniform, while the other $15 will go directly toward Purdue's CAC chapter ... the Boilermakers' alternate jerseys are part of Friday's "Pink Out" promotion, which is designed to raise breast cancer awareness in the college community ... members of Purdue's CAC chapter will be on hand to provide pink ribbons and information about cancer survivor support.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Parrissa Eyorokon and Lauren Mason were honored by the Big Ten Monday, receiving the conference's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards ... Eyorokon scored in both games coming off the bench, including the game-winner in the 89th minute against Wisconsin ... through both matches against Wisconsin and Northwestern, Mason and her teammates fended off 36 shots, while allowing just one goal ... Mason tied a season high with seven saves in the team's double-overtime win at Northwestern.
FIGHTS TO THE FINISH: Wisconsin and Northwestern may be resting on the bottom rungs of the Big Ten Conference stadnings, but they certainly gave Purdue a run for its money during last weekend's games ... the Badgers and Boilermakers were engaged in a scoreless tie until the 89th minute, when Parrissa Eyorokon knocked back a Shauna Stapleton shot that deflected off the left post ... the Wildcats took Purdue into double overtime Sunday, only to see senior forward Lauren Sesselmann score the game-winner in the 102nd minute off an assist from Rebecca Robison ... Sesselmann's goal was the 32nd of her career, breaking Annette Kent's varsity record of 31.
SALUTE TO THE SENIORS: Purdue wraps its regular-season home schedule Sunday, playing host to Illinois at 1 p.m. ... seniors Jayme-Lee Biamonte, Shannon Bradbury, Kim Comisar, Chelsea Ferrie, Lauren Sesselmann and Sharon Pagorek will be honored during pregame ceremonies prior to the match with the Fighting Illini.
COMING UP NEXT: Purdue travels to Bloomington next Thursday for a 7 p.m. match at Indiana ... fans who can't make the quick trip down south can listen to the match on 1410 WLAS-AM.