Season Begins With Exhibition vs. Milwaukee
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team begins its 2021 season with an exhibition matchup against Milwaukee on Wednesday, August 11, at 4 p.m. ET, at Folk Field.
Admission is free for all fans. University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.
As coach Drew Roff enters his seventh season at the helm, the Boilermakers return to the pitch after going 4-6-2 in a Big Ten-only 2020 season, contested in the spring of 2021. Then-junior forward Sarah Griffith and junior midfielder Grace Walsh were recognized on the All-Big Ten Team, Purdue’s first honorees since 2017 and the third and fourth since 2010. Twenty-two Boilermakers were named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Griffith and Walsh both return in 2021 and are two of 10 seniors on the roster. The 30-player squad features 22 returners and eight newcomers, while 10 of Purdue’s 11 starters from the 2020 campaign are back.
Milwaukee is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance and Horizon League tournament title last season. The Panthers posted a 9-2-1 record during the 2021 spring slate, which included a first-round win over Elon in the NCAA Tournament.
TEAM CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED
Following the first week of preseason training, Roff announced that the team’s captains are Griffith, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova and senior defenders Teagan Jones and Maya Lambert. Griffith and Lambert served as captains in 2020-21, while Bova and Jones are first-time captains.
UP NEXT: VS. MARQUETTE
In their final exhibition match, the Boilermakers host Marquette on Saturday, August 14. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Folk Field, and admission will be free.
A LOOK AT THE 2021 SLATE
Purdue’s 2021 schedule features 20 matches, 13 at Folk Field and seven on the road. The Boilermakers will play 10 Big Ten Conference contests in addition to eight regular-season non-conference games. The regular season commences on Thursday, August 19, against Kentucky at 7 p.m., in West Lafayette, while the Big Ten opener is at Nebraska on Sunday, September 19.
The 2021 slate includes matches against in-state rivals Indiana and Notre Dame, and the Old Gold and Black will face a total of seven clubs that made the 2020 NCAA Tournament. The complete schedule can be found here.