Nov. 9, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's soccer team was awarded one of 64 bids to the NCAA Tournament on Monday for the fourth time in the last five years.
Purdue (12-5-3) finished fourth in the Big Ten with 17 points after posting a 5-3-2 conference mark. The Boilermakers became just the second Big Ten school to record 10 straight 10-win seasons, and head coach Robert Klatte became the only coach in conference history to oversee 10 consecutive seasons of double-digit wins. Purdue also set a new program record for most consecutive weeks ranked. The Boilermakers debuted in the rankings on Sept. 1 and have stayed in the top 25 for all nine weeks since.
Purdue faces MAC champion Central Michigan (16-3-3) in the first round Friday in South Bend, Ind. In addition to the Boilermakers and Chippewas, Notre Dame and IUPUI also are featured in the pod. The Fighting Irish and Jaguars meet in the first round, with the winners advancing to face each other in the second round.
Purdue is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in South Bend. The last time the Boilermakers made the tournament was 2007, and the only other time they have been sent to South Bend was in 2002. Both appearances ended in the second round. The deepest run Purdue has ever made in the tournament came in 2003 when the Boilermakers defeated DePaul and Western Michigan before falling at eventual national champion North Carolina in the round of 16.
The NCAA Tournament begins Friday on 16 campus sites with all 64 teams in play.