LAFAYETTE OUEST, Ind. – The No.18-ranked Purdue soccer team returns to Folk Field for their penultimate game of the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET, against Northwestern in a game broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Admission is free for all fans to all home games of the regular season in 2021. The Boilermaker Band, the support team and Purdue Pete will all be in attendance on Thursday, and fans are encouraged to help Fill Folk Field for the nationwide television competition.
University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on match day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics as necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events at Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.
The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and the Fox Sports app, and live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates can also be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow are available on the calendar page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Purdue is 11-3-2 overall and 6-2-0 in the Big Ten, two of his best scores since 2007. The team has 11 wins for the first time since a 12-game campaign in 2009 , and the six Big Ten wins. is the biggest on the program since winning eight in 2007. The Boilermakers are second in the conference standings with 18 points, four ahead of the third team with two games to go. The team just lost 2-1 to Penn State on Sunday, which ended a three-game winning streak as they entered the game after winning nine of their last 10.
Seventeen players have earned at least one point and 15 have at least one assist, both tied for most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers scored one goal, tied for fifth in the conference. Purdue has a 30-16 advantage in goal differential, including 20-8 in the second half and 2-0 in overtime.
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 5.50 saves per game, and they are second in assists (30), points (90) and save percentage (.846) and third in goals (30).
Individually, senior striker Sarah griffith is No. 4 domestically with 13 goals, No. 9 with 2.40 shots on goal per game, No. 11 with 4.53 shots per game, No. 14 with 27 points and No. 15 with four game-winning goals. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is 18th in the NCAA with 1476: 23 minutes played and 21st with 85 saves. She is also second in the Big Ten with a save percentage of 0.842.
In addition, the second-year midfielder Emilie Mathews is second on the team with five goals and 13 points, and a first-year forward Gracie dunaway has a top six assists team, which is the sixth best in the Big Ten.
The Wildcats come to West Lafayette with a 7-7-1 record and a 3-4-1 record in the Big Ten. NU is 10th in the conference standings with 10 points.
NATIONAL RANKING BOILERS
Purdue earned a spot in the nationwide rankings at No.18 in United’s Top 25 Coaching United this week. The Boilermakers are ranked nationally for the third week in a row, and it’s their highest ranking since 2009, which was also the team’s final year. was filed before two weeks ago. Purdue debuted at No.25 on October 5 and was at No.19 last week. The Old Gold and Black also remain at No. 2 in the Northern Region rankings, and they are No. 27 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 27 in the Top 30 in the College Soccer News poll.
In her career, Bova’s 0.92 goals-against average is the second-best of all time, she is third with 17 shutouts and fourth with 25 wins, save percentage of .802 and 4,906.36 minutes. . She is fifth in the history of the school for stops (202) and starts (52).
In a single season, Bova is fourth with a save percentage of 0.842, tied for 6th with 11 wins, for 8th with a goals against average of 0.98 and 85 saves. His 11 wins are the most by a Boilermaker keeper since 2009.
Griffith’s 23 career goals and nine game-winning goals are the sixth all-time and his 53 points are the ninth. In 2021, she has 13 goals, tied for second in school history, while her four game-winning goals are tied for fourth and her 27 points are tied for sixth.
She has scored in seven straight games, the longest goal streak in program history, with eight goals in that streak. Griffith has at least one point in all eight Big Ten games, also the team’s record point streak. Meanwhile, the senior midfielder Teagan jones has a streak of three assists, a shy one to match the school record.
In addition, Griffith is three times honored as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week this year, tied for fourth by just one player in conference history.
Dunaway’s six assists are tied at No.2 in the school’s record books by a freshman and a spot on Purdue’s All-Time Top 10 list for assists over the course of ‘a season.
LAST TIME OUT: 2-1 LOSS AT PENN STATE
In his last regular season road game, Purdue lost to Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon in State College, Pa. Griffith scored the goal in the 58th minute to give the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead, but the home side responded with the equalizer in the 62nd minute and the go-ahead in the 78th minute. Griffith’s goal came from Jones and Mathews.
The Boilermakers outscored the Nittany Lions 13-12, although PSU had a 6-5 lead in penalties. Purdue had one corner kick and Penn State had two, all coming in the second half. Griffith had eight shots and four shots on goal, two record totals. Mathews had two hits. Bova and his counterpart Nittany Lion each made four saves.
A full recap of the match, including the box score, is available at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
HISTORY OF THE VS SERIES. NORTH WEST
Purdue is 16-7-1 against Northwestern after a 1-0 win at home and a 1-0 loss at neutral last season. The Boilermakers are 9-2-0 in the series at West Lafayette. As a ranked team, Purdue is 6-1-0 against NU.
Last season at home, the Old Gold and Black won a 1-0 game on March 13. Griffith scored the only goal in the 74th minute, while Bova made two saves. Northwestern had an 8-7 advantage in shots, although Purdue maintained a 5-2 lead in shots on goal. At Big Ten Regional Weekend on April 8, the Wildcats won 1-0 in Madison, Wisconsin, as a 67th-minute penalty made the difference. Griffith led the team with five shots while the Boilermakers had 13 shots against six for the Wildcats, with shots on target 5-3 in favor of Purdue. Bova made two saves.
WILD CAT SCOUT
Northwestern is 7-7-1 on the season, 3-4-1 in Big Ten action and 3-5-1 on the road. The Wildcats have lost three in a row, a streak that came after a four-game unbeaten streak. NU is 1-1 against the top 25 opponents, both on the road, with a 2-0 loss at No.2 North Carolina and a 2-1 win at No.12 Penn State.
The Wildcats are third in the Big Ten for shooting accuracy (.504) and sixth for saves per game (4.27). Josie Aulicino leads the league with four game-winning goals and is second with seven assists.
NEXT: BACK HOME TO NATIONAL TELEVISION
With two games to play in the regular season, the Boilermakers will host Northwestern on Thursday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET. The competition will be broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network. Admission is free for all fans to every home game of the regular season in 2021.
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