GAMEDAY INFORMATION: BIG TEN TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL
Purdue (10-6-2, 5-4-2 B1G) at Northwestern (10-6-2, 7-3-1 B1G)
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Martin Stadium / Evanston, Illinois
All-Time Series: Purdue leads 15-5 / All-Time in Evanston: Purdue leads 6-3
All-Time in the Big Ten Tournament: Purdue leads 1-0
First Meeting of 2017: Purdue 2, NU 0 (Oct. 1 in West Lafayette)
Last Meeting in Evanston: NU 2, Purdue (2016)
Purdue's Last Win in Evanston: Purdue 2, NU 1 -- OT (2014)
Last Big Ten Tournament Meeting: Purdue 3, NU 1 (2007 in St. Paul)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's soccer's first Big Ten Tournament game since 2008 will be played at the league's most scenic venue as the Boilermakers visit Northwestern on Sunday for a quarterfinal matchup along Lake Michigan.
Kickoff at Martin Stadium in Evanston is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET. Sunday's winner advances to the semifinal round for a rematch with either Minnesota or Wisconsin on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.
The Boilermakers' 15 all-time wins vs. Northwestern are their most against any opponent. They're 6-3 all-time in Evanston, a mark that stands as the program's best on any Big Ten rival's home field. However, NU was excellent at home in conference play this year. The Wildcats did not concede a goal in any of their five Big Ten home games, earning 13 of the 15 possible points via four wins and a scoreless draw vs. Rutgers.
While the Lake Michigan backdrop makes for a scenic view at Martin Stadium, the unique lakefront conditions are also a integral part of what makes it tough for visiting teams. Northwestern's home pitch is the only one in the Big Ten to feature artificial turf. It's a fast surface, which can be compounded by the wind and elements that are often times in play at the lakeshore locale. Connecting long passes, especially through the air in the traditional run of play, can prove difficult in Evanston.
Kylie Hase scored both goals in the Boilermakers' 2-0 win vs. Northwestern on Oct. 1 at Folk Field. Purdue and Penn State were the only Big Ten teams to score multiple goals against NU this season, accounting for five of the seven the Wildcats conceded.
Hase (Orland Park) is among the nine Chicagoland natives on the Boilermakers' current roster. Alyssa Cwidak (Arlington Heights), Ryan Dudycha (Naperville), Sarah Griffith (Naperville), Maya Lambert (Northbrook), Hannah Mussallem (Palos Heights), Breana Robbins (Darien), Ena Sabanagic (Hanover Park) and Dannah Williams (Naperville) also return to their home state this weekend. Northwestern Athletics bills itself as Chicago's Big Ten Team. But Purdue actually has more Chicagoland natives (9 vs. 8) on its women's soccer roster this year.
Griffith, Hase, Lambert and Mussallem have all been season-long starters for the Boilermakers this season. Highlighted by game-winners vs. Michigan and Northwestern, Hase scored four of her five goals in Big Ten play this year. Surprisingly, the versatile midfielder was not selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by the league's coaches.
Led by Big Ten Forward of the Year Maddy Williams, Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with 36 goals. The Boilermakers have been shut out only one time this year (Oct. 8 at Minnesota). Conversely, Northwestern's 20 goals were the fewest of any of the eight Big Ten Tournament qualifiers and just 10th most in the league overall. But led by 2016 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Lauren Clem, the Wildcats reached the 10-win mark again by conceding just 15 goals while recording nine shutouts. Clem had seven saves at Folk Field on Oct. 1.
Only one of NU's 11 Big Ten games -- a 2-1 win at Indiana on Sept. 28 -- featured both teams scoring goals. Both teams scored in six of Purdue's 11 conference games this year. The Boilermakers were 1-3-2 in those six games, including an overtime loss to Nebraska.
AIMING TO END THE OPPOSITION'S SHUTOUT STREAKS AGAIN
In Purdue's Oct. 20 draw at No. 9 Penn State, the first of Williams' two goals ended a pair of long shutout streaks for the home side. Entering the night, PSU had not conceded a goal at home since the Aug. 18 season opener and had not surrendered a goal of any kind in the month of October. Northwestern enters Sunday's game having been equally excellent defensively. The Wildcats have not given up a goal since the 69th minute of their Oct. 7 loss at Illinois and have not conceded at home since the first half of their Sept. 10 non-conference finale vs. Pepperdine. NU's shutout streaks stand at 381 consecutive minutes overall and 534 consecutive minutes at home.
-- Purdue Soccer (@PurdueSoccer) October 26, 2017