Maryland (7-7-3, 1-7-2 B1G) at Purdue (9-6-2, 4-4-2 B1G)
Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Folk Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Series: Purdue leads 2-1 / All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 1-0
2016: Purdue 1, Maryland 0 (Oct. 13 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer needs just one standings point via a win or draw in Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. Maryland to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament.
Maddy Williams will be recognized prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff for establishing new program records for goals (36), assists (26) and points (98) this season.
The Boilermakers are in position to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2008. The event was not held in 2009 and 2010. A win Wednesday would give Purdue its first 10-win season since 2009 (12-6-3, 5-3-2 B1G), which was also the last year the program finished over .500 in conference play. That's another possibility for this season's team.
But it was the conference-opening win at Michigan, Purdue's first-ever victory in Ann Arbor, which has given the Boilermakers some margin for error Wednesday. Purdue and Nebraska are tied for seventh place in the standings with 14 points. The Wolverines (12) are two points back in ninth place. However, the Boilermakers would win both head-to-head and three-way tiebreakers involving Michigan. Iowa is still alive as well with 11 points, but needs Purdue (or Nebraska) to lose Wednesday to have hope.
The Boilermakers' draw at No. 9 Penn State on Friday, in which they earned their first-ever point at PSU, was also significant because it opened up the possibility of a draw vs. Maryland clinching a bid this week. Without the draw in Central Pennsylvania, both Michigan and Iowa could have leapfrogged Purdue this week if those teams won their regular-season finale and the Boilermakers had to settle for a draw. Wisconsin also helped Purdue's cause with a win in Iowa City on Saturday.
All 14 Big Ten teams play their regular-season finales Wednesday. The Michigan-Rutgers game at 4 p.m. ET (live on BTN) is the first of the seven games to kick off. Purdue-Maryland gets underway at 7 p.m. and other three games of note -- Iowa-Illinois, Minnesota-Nebraska and Penn State-Wisconsin -- start an hour later while being contested in the Central Time Zone.
If they qualify for the Big Ten Tournament, the Boilermakers will be the seven or eight seed. Ohio State is the only team that has clinched a home game in Sunday's quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes (24 points) clinched the No. 1 seed when they locked up at least a share of the regular-season title with Friday's win at Minnesota coupled with the Purdue-Penn State draw. Penn State (21 points), Northwestern (19), Minnesota (19), Rutgers (18) and Wisconsin (17) still have an opportunity to host one of three other quarterfinal games as well. Penn State has the inside track to the No. 2 seed.
Purdue was picked 13th in the Big Ten's preseason coaches poll.
The semifinals and championship game of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament are slated to be played at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. Those games are set for the weekend of Nov. 3 to 5.
2017 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS
Standings as of Oct. 24 -- Opponent for Regular-Season Finale
6. Wisconsin (5-3-2, 17 Points) -- vs. Penn State, 8 p.m. ET
T-7. Nebraska (3-2-5, 14 Points) -- vs. Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
T-7. Purdue (4-4-2, 14 Points) -- vs. Maryland, 7 p.m. ET
9. Michigan (3-4-3, 12 Points) -- at Rutgers, 4 p.m. ET (on BTN)
10. Iowa (3-5-2, 11 Points) -- at Illinois, 8 p.m. ET
Purdue Qualifies for the Big Ten Tournament with...
Win vs. UMD (No additional help is necessary)
Draw vs. UMD (No additional help is necessary; MICH is odd team out of possible 3-way tie)
Loss vs. UMD plus a loss or draw by both Michigan & Iowa
Potential Head-to-Head Tiebreakers
Purdue over Michigan
Iowa over Purdue
Nebraska over Purdue
Wisconsin over Purdue
Potential 3-Way Tiebreakers (Big Ten WINS is tiebreaker if 2 teams did not play)
Purdue vs. MICH & NEB -- MICH is odd team out via 0-1-1 record vs. PUR & NEB
Purdue vs. Iowa & NEB -- PUR is odd team out via 0-2 record vs. Iowa & NEB
Purdue vs. UW & NEB -- NEB is odd team via fewer Big Ten wins (DNP: UW & NEB)
After a team is eliminated from 3-way tie, the head-to-head tiebreaker then applies