LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Maddy Williams scored a natural hat trick to tie the program's single-game record for goals, powering Purdue women's soccer to a 3-2 victory at Louisville on Friday.
The Boilermakers improved to 5-1 for the second time in three years under head coach Drew Roff. Purdue has already exceeded last year's win (4) and goal (15) totals, scoring 16 times in its first six games. Louisville entered the night 5-1 while conceding only five goals its first six games.
Williams posted the fifth hat trick in program history, becoming the fourth Boilermaker to record 30 career goals and 10 game winners in the process. She scored three minutes and six seconds apart in the first half to give Purdue a 2-0 halftime lead. The senior finished off the natural hat trick with what proved to be the game winner in the 49th minute.
Of the four other hat tricks in program history, the last by Jordan Pawlik in a September 2012 win vs. Evansville, only Courtney Coppedge also posted hers away from West Lafayette. Coppedge recorded a natural hat trick in a September 2003 neutral-site win vs. Arkansas in Columbia, Missouri.
The Cardinals scored twice in the final four minutes to make the 90th minute more interesting. Mollie Rouse's goal in the 87th minute ended Purdue's shutout streak at 358 consecutive minutes. It ranks as the sixth-longest streak in program history and longest since 2007.
The Boilermakers played some excellent team defense to maintain their 2-0 first-half lead. Goalkeeper Katie Luce was credited with all three of her saves during a 90-second span about two and a half minutes after Williams had scored her second goal. Defenders Sarah Clark and Hannah Mussallem also blocked shots before they reached the goal line during Louisville's most active offensive stretch of the opening 45 minutes.
In the second half, defender Maya Lambert twice broke up a potential breakaway or 1-v-1 opportunity for the Cardinals' Brooklynn Rivers, who finally scored with 24 seconds remaining.
Purdue scored first for the sixth straight game and has now held the lead for 409 of the 540 minutes (76 percent) played this season. Friday's win was the 11th under Roff in which the opposition also scored at least once.
The Boilermakers enjoyed a 2-0 halftime lead on the road for the 12th time in program history. Williams' first-half goals were scored in the 26th and 29th minutes, giving the senior her sixth career multi-goal effort. She has scored in three consecutive games for the second time in her career. Shauna Stapleton was the last Purdue player to account for the game-winning goal in three consecutive contests, accomplishing the feat in September 2007.
Petrina connected a pair of long passes to Williams as she broke through the opposition's back line via the center of the park. On both occasions, she was able to out maneuver Louisville goalkeeper Gebrielle Kouzelos and score into an open net. Sarah Griffith assisted on the goal that completed the hat trick.
Petrina and Griffith nearly scored early goals as well. Petrina hit the left post with the game's first shot in the fourth minute and Griffith forced Kouzelos to make a diving save in the 19th minute.
Clark, Lambert and Mussallem went the distance among the Purdue field players. Brady Riley logged 29 minutes to lead the reserves. Vanessa Korolas and Williams both made their 60th career starts Friday.
Purdue closes out its weekend road trip Sunday with a 1 p.m. ET game vs. a Cincinnati team that is 5-0-1 this season.
WILLIAMS GOAL BREAKDOWN
5th Boilermaker to record a hat trick
3rd Boilermaker to record a natural hat trick (3 consecutive goals)
4th Boilermaker to reach 30 career goals benchmark
Scored her 10th career game-winning goal
Recorded her 6th career multi-goal game, 2nd most in program history
Purdue is now 17-3-3 when she has scored during her career
Scored in 3 straight games for 2nd time in her career
Has a point (goal or assist) in all 6 games this year, posting the 2nd 6-game streak of her career
First Boilermaker since 2007 to account for a game-winning goal in 3 consecutive games