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Maryland women’s soccer vs. Purdue preview

It’s the Terps’ last game of the season.

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For the last time this season, Maryland women’s soccer will take the field as it travels to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers. The Terps are coming off a three-game homestand where they played two top-15 teams tough and drew a tie on senior night.

Meanwhile, Purdue needs a win or tie in this game to clinch a spot in the Big Ten tournament. The Boilermakers haven’t won a game since Oct. 1 and have been outscored 11-6 in their last five games.

Maryland and Purdue will match up Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, and BTN Plus will have the broadcast.

Purdue Boilermakers (9-6-2, 4-4-2 Big Ten)

2016 record: 4-12-1, 2-8-1 Big Ten

Head coach Drew Roff. In his third season as Purdue’s head coach, Roff has the Boilermakers on the rise. In 2015, he led Purdue to a 9-8-1 record, which was the team’s first winning record since 2009. Roff came over from Illinois State, where won six Missouri Valley Conference titles and made five NCAA tournament appearances.

Players to know

Maddy Williams, forward, redshirt senior, No. 12. Since her freshman season in 2013, Williams has been one of Purdue’s most prolific players. In 72 games played—71 of which have been starts—she’s recorded 36 goals and 98 points, including a career and team high of 12 goals and 32 points this year. Her 69 shots, 27 shots on goal and five game-winning goals also lead the team this year.

Andrea Petrina, forward, senior, No. 19. Like Williams, Petrina has contributed to Purdue’s program since her freshman year. In 68 career games, she has 14 goals and 39 points, and her season totals have increased each season, setting career highs every year.

Strength

Scoring. Purdue’s offense has made a significant improvement from last year, going from 0.88 goals per game last season to 2.0 this season, which ranks in the top 50 in the country. Additionally, the Boilermakers are have a shot percentage of 15 percent, including 46 percent on goal, both of which are upgrades over last year’s total.

Weakness

Defense. Despite the strong offense, Purdue’s defense has struggled at times this season. As a team, the Boilermakers are allowing 1.2 goals-per-game, which is just outside the top 150 in the nation. They have also allowed at least two goals in each of their last five games.

Three things to watch

  1. Can Maryland avoid last year’s fate? The Terps are trying to avoid ending a second straight season on a scoreless streak, as they are approaching 500 minutes without a goal. However, Maryland has come close to breaking the seal in each of its last three games, so maybe a game against a struggling defense is exactly what it needs to end the season on a high note.
  2. Will Rachel Egyed and the defense continue their strong play? The Terps’ goalkeeper and defensive unit played well over the homestand, allowing just three goals in three games including a shutout last Saturday. Purdue’s offense will give this team a good final test before heading into the offseason.
  3. What can Maryland take away heading into the offseason? With this being the final game of the season, the Terps will get a final chance to improve against a Big Ten opponent. Ray Leone hasn’t been shy to incorporate his bench in every game, so expect some lesser known freshman to get in this game along with trying to end the season on a high note.