WOMEN’S SOCCER TRAVELS EAST FOR CHALLENGING LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRIP /// AUG. 31, 2016
Purdue (2-2) at No. 4 West Virginia (3-0-1)
Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium / Morgantown, West Virginia
All-Time Series: WVU leads 2-1-1
Last Meeting: Purdue 2, WVU 2 (9/9/12 in West Lafayette)
Last Meeting in Morgantown: #13 WVU 3, Purdue 0 (8/21/11)
Purdue’s Last Win vs. WVU: Purdue 2, WVU 0 (9/3/00 in West Lafayette)
Purdue at Dayton (0-3)
Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m.
Baujan Field / Dayton, Ohio
All-Time Series: Dayton leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Dayton 2, Purdue 0 (8/27/99 in Dayton)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.purduesports.com) – Purdue women’s soccer faces two preseason conference favorites this week during an eastbound Labor Day Weekend trip that features games at No. 4 West Virginia and Dayton.
Kickoff Thursday evening in Morgantown in set for 7 p.m. Sunday’s game in Dayton begins at 1 p.m. Since opening the 2011 season with a similar Toledo-WVU road trip, the Boilermakers have played consecutive non-conference true road games only once (Marshall-Youngstown State in 2014). But the quality competition and Thursday-Sunday format this week should help prepare Purdue for Big Ten play, which begins in just two weeks with road games at Illinois and No. 24 Northwestern.
West Virginia was the preseason favorite in the Big 12 Conference and Dayton was voted likewise in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Mountaineers represent the top-ranked non-conference team Purdue has played since losing to No. 3 Stanford in September 2009 at a tournament hosted by Santa Clara.
Morgantown native Erika Yohn returned to the starting goalkeeper role in Sunday’s win vs. Cincinnati. She helped lead the Boilermakers to a 2-1 win at Marshall in their last trip to the state of West Virginia. Maddy Williams and Delia Repasky also scored in the win. Purdue played WVU to a draw at Folk Field in 2012.
The Boilermakers have not played Dayton in the regular season since 1999. That represents the longest gap between games of any opponent on the 2016 schedule. However, Purdue and UD played spring exhibition games against each other for three straight years from 2012 to 2014. The series produced a 1-1-1 record for both sides – Purdue winning 2-1 in Dayton in 2013. The Flyers were victorious inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center in 2012 and the 2014 meeting, also played inside Mollenkopf, ended in a scoreless draw. Dayton won the Boilermaker Challenge Cup at Folk Field in September 2011, but did so by defeating Cal State Northridge and Kansas.
Over the first two Sundays of the regular season, Purdue was part of a pair of overtime games that played out in yin-yang fashion. The Boilermakers rallied to win the Aug. 28 game against Cincinnati after trailing for 37 minutes. In program history (since 2000), that represented the second-longest amount of time the team trailed in a game it rallied to win. A week earlier it was Purdue that was lamenting a 2-1 overtime defeat at the hands of Montana after leading for 77 minutes, the longest amount of time it had ever led in a game it ended up losing.
In each of Purdue’s first two wins this season the goals have come from Andrea Petrina and Mikayla Lasky, in that order. It marked the fifth time in program history (since 1998) that the same two players both scored in each of the Boilermakers’ first two victories, also happening in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2013. However, in each of the previous four occurrences, Purdue scored at least a combined six goals in those first two wins. This year it was only four goals, all from Petrina and Lasky.
Vanessa Korolas and Petrina will square off against some familiar foes Thursday in fellow Toronto-area natives Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Carla Portillo. All five were part of the same club system. As starters for the Canadian Women’s National Team that won bronze in Rio de Janeiro a couple weeks ago, Buchanan and Lawrence are big reasons why the Mountaineers are ranked among the top five in the country. Buchanan is regarded as one of the best center backs in the world and was among the 10 candidates for the 2015 Women’s World Player of the Year.
Dayton’s Alexis Kiehl has scored all three of her team’s goals this season entering Friday’s game against Xavier. She entered her junior season with 12 career goals. The Flyers lost their season opener in overtime at Cincinnati and had an Aug. 26 home game against Bucknell canceled due to inclement weather. Dayton was named the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 for the eighth consecutive season. Mike Tucker will be retiring at the end of the season after leading the Flyers to a combined 20 A-10 titles (regular season and tournament) and 300-plus wins over 22 years as the head coach.
West Virginia has been to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament dating back to 2000. After winning their fourth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title a year ago, the Mountaineers reached the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time. It was eventual national champion and regional rival Penn State that ended WVU’s 2015 season. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the 2016 season opener two weeks ago. But the Mountaineers were without Buchanan and Lawrence.