Another Home Battle

Dores host Purdue Sunday

No. 18 Vanderbilt Commodores (1-0-0) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (0-0-1)
Sunday, Aug. 22  •  1 p.m.
Vanderbilt Soccer Complex
Nashville, Tenn.
SEC Network
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Game Notes

At a Glance

  • Fresh off a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over Tennessee Tech in the season opener, Vanderbilt is set to host Purdue at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex at 1 p.m. Sunday. 
  • Vanderbilt and Purdue have never met for a regular season game. 
  • Purdue opened the season with a 1-1 draw versus Kentucky.
  •  The Dores are ranked No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 poll, while Purdue is unranked.

Game Promotions

  • Futbol in Music City
    • Stop by the Fan HQ Tent to see our friends from Nashville SC for a chance to win free tickets.
  • $1 candy at the concessions stand
  • Kids Day
    • Free ice cream & toppings bar for the first 100 kids.

Last Time Out 

  • Abi Brighton scored the golden game in the 97th minute to lift the Commodores to a 1-0 win over Tennessee Tech in the Aug. 19 season opener. 
  • Vandy outshot the Golden Eagles by a 21-3 margin and took six corners to Tennessee Tech’s one. 
  • Kate Devine posted two saves for her first shutout of the season. 


  • The Commodores are ranked No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll.
  • In the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Poll, Vandy is ranked No. 21.

Preseason Honors 

  • Vanderbilt was picked fourth in the SEC Preseason Poll – voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches. 
  • Abi Brighton, Maddie Elwell, Madiya Harriott, Raegan Kelley and Ella Shamburger were named to the SEC Soccer Preseason Watch List.

The Squad

  • Among Vanderbilt’s returners, 12 played in at least 12 games a season ago.
  • Among the returners are All-SEC performers Maddie Elwell and Ella Shamburger.
  • Now a sophomore, Abi Brighton secured SEC All-Freshman Team accolades a season ago.
  • The leading scorer among the returners is senior Raegan Kelley with five a season ago. The Atlanta, Georgia, native scored three goals in the 2020 SEC Tournament, including one in the championship game versus Arkansas.

The Schedule

  • The 2021 fall schedule includes 18 regular season games. 
  • A total of 10 regular season games will be played at home in Nashville.
  • The Commodores will play eight nonconference games before the gauntlet that is the SEC portion of their schedule.
  • The Commodores will take on six teams that finished ranked or receiving votes in the final United Soccer Coaches poll—No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 22 South Carolina, No. 23 Ole Miss and receiving-votes Pepperdine.

Head Coach Darren Ambrose

  • Now in his seventh season leading Vanderbilt soccer, Darren Ambrose has guided one of the best runs in program history.
  • The Dores have amassed a 71-39-11 record and 33-20-7 SEC mark during his tenure.
  • Fourteen of those wins are over ranked opponents, meaning Ambrose has guided the program to 14 of its 22 wins over ranked teams.
  • To date, Vanderbilt has four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, an SEC regular season championship (2018), a tournament championship (2020) and an SEC East Division championship (2019) under his leadership.

Up Next

  • Vandy takes on Western Kentucky on the road at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.