Oct. 31, 2013
All-Time Series: Purdue leads 6-5-3
All-Time Series in Iowa City: Tied 3-3-1
Last Meeting: Iowa 3, Purdue 2 (2012 in Iowa City)
Last Purdue Win: #23 Purdue 3, Iowa 2 - OT (2009 in West Lafayette)
Last Purdue Win in Iowa City: Purdue 2, Iowa 1 (2008)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- As Purdue women's soccer closes out its season in Iowa City Saturday for the second in time in the last four years, the Boilermakers will be looking to play the role of spoiler and perhaps keep Iowa out of the postseason.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET at the Iowa Soccer Complex, where Purdue (8-9-1, 3-7-0 Big Ten) has not won since 2008. The last two meetings between the Boilers and Hawkeyes in Iowa City have ended in 3-2 wins for Iowa (12-5-1, 4-5-1 Big Ten). Five of the last eight meetings in the series dating back to 2005 have gone to overtime.
The Hawkeyes (13 points) enter the final week of the regular season in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Big Ten standings with Illinois and Wisconsin. However, Iowa comes up on the short end of head-to-head and three-way tiebreakers with the Illini and Badgers. Therefore, the Hawkeyes are in need of a win or a draw against Purdue to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament.
Minnesota (14 points) and Ohio State are also among the five teams fighting for the final four tourney berths. Of the five, Ohio State faces the toughest regular-season finale this week with a road date at second-place Michigan. Illinois plays at Minnesota and Wisconsin hosts last-place Northwestern in the other significant games to deciding the field for the Big Ten Tournament.
Iowa is the only Big Ten team that has not been shut out this year. The Hawkeyes upset Penn State last weekend but then fell behind 3-0 in a Sunday loss to Ohio State, a result that kept OSU's realistic Big Ten Tournament hopes alive.
Iowa is not only fighting for a Big Ten Tournament berth, but is also a contender for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. With 12 overall wins and an RPI of 49, the Hawkeyes are on the bubble with the likes of Big Ten rivals Minnesota (11-5-2, 22 RPI), Wisconsin (9-6-2, 44 RPI), Ohio State (10-5-3, 46 RPI) and Illinois (9-7-2, 54 RPI).
Purdue is looking to finish the season with a .500 record of 9-9-1. It would be the program's best mark since the 2009 team went 12-6-2. Maddy Williams tied the Purdue freshman record for goals Sunday vs. Minnesota with her 10th score. She could take sole possession of that record with a goal in Iowa City. With 10 assists, Hadley Stuart is one shy of matching the program's single-season record. Both players have impacted (goals plus assists) 16 scores this year. Those represent the highest totals by a Purdue player since 2007.
Alex Hairston (2011) and Hadley Stuart (2012) are the active Boilermakers that have scored against Iowa during their careers. Stuart and her classmates Jordan Frick, Clara Kridler and Jordan Pawlik will be playing in their final collegiate games Saturday.