9/30/21 Soccer Stock Photos, Aly Mielke

Senior midfielder Aly Mielke tries to corral a pass away from an Iowa defender.

The Purdue women’s soccer team entered the national rankings for the first time since 2009 after an upset victory over then-No. 18 Wisconsin over the weekend.

The Boilermakers (9-2-2, 4-1-0 Big Ten) came in at No. 25 in the country in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll. The team did not receive votes in last week’s poll, a statement released by Purdue Athletics said.

The team is also No. 3 in the North Region and No. 22 in the NCAA’s Rating Percentage Index rankings. The Boilers are one of three Big Ten teams in the national poll alongside No. 8 Rutgers and No. 16 Michigan.

Purdue has won seven of its last eight matches and is off to its best start to a season since 2007, the statement said. The team is tied with Rutgers (9-2-2, 4-0 Big Ten) atop the conference rankings with 12 points, the statement said.

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