EAST LANSING, Mich. - Purdue women's soccer scored five unanswered goals after conceding the first score for the first time this season, blowing out Michigan State 6-2 Sunday to sweep its conference-opening road trip.
Maddy Williams and Andrea Petrina both scored twice for the Boilermakers (7-2, 2-0 B1G). Williams assisted on three other goals to push her career total to 25, establishing a new Purdue all-time record. Her helper on Hannah Melchiorre's game-winner in the 30th minute was the record-breaking 24th assist, allowing her to overtake former teammate Alex Hairston. With seven points on two goals and three assists Sunday, Williams tied program records for assists and points.
Katie Stephens scored the sixth and final goal for the Boilermakers, becoming the team's fourth freshman to score this year. She joined Hannah Mussallem, Vanessa Korolas, Dannah Williams and Maddy Duncan as current Purdue players to score their first collegiate goals in Big Ten play.
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Maddy Williams leads the Big Ten with eight goals, seven assists and 23 points.
The Boilermakers have opened Big Ten play 2-0 for the first time since 2008, but seventh time in program history overall. Their 7-2 mark is the best nine-game start to a season since 2007 (7-1-1).
The Boilermakers' six goals are their third most in a Big Ten game and second most in a true road game of any of kind. They scored seven in a September 2000 win at Valparaiso.
Having never won in Ann Arbor prior to Thursday, the Boilermakers had obviously never swept a Michigan-Michigan State road trip before. The 2005 season marked the only time in program history in which Purdue beat both Michigan schools in the same year.
The Boilermakers swept a two-game weekend road trip for the first time since winning at Northwestern and Wisconsin to open league play in 2008.
The Boilermakers snapped a seven-game (0-6-1) winless drought against MSU, posting their first win in the series since 2008. It was the program's first victory in East Lansing since 2007.
The Boilermakers scored at least three goals in both halves for the second time in program history, also accomplishing the feat in an October 2011 win vs. Indiana.
Andrea Petrina and Williams became the sixth duo to both score multiple goals in the same game. Hannah Mussallem and Petrina also accomplished the feat last month vs. Indiana State. It marks the first time in program history dual multi-goal efforts in the same game have happened twice in a season. Petrina joins all-time goals leader Jessica Okoroafo as the only Boilermakers to be on the list twice.
The Boilermakers also scored six times in the Indiana State win. They have two wins with at least six goals in the same season for the first time ever.
Michigan State scored in the third minute Sunday to end Purdue's program-record streak of scoring first in nine straight games dating back to last year's finale. Lexy Warner's goal allowed just 123 seconds after the opening kickoff was the earliest goal conceded by the Boilermakers since October 2013 vs. Minnesota (55 seconds).
The Boilermakers rallied to win after conceding the game's first goal for the first time since last year's overtime victory vs. Cincinnati. Purdue rallied to win on the road after going down 1-0 for the first time since October 2015 at Maryland.
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Maddy Williams opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Petrina connected a long thru ball up the left flank, setting up Williams for a diagonal shot from 15 yards out into the bottom right corner of the net.
Melchiorre's left-to-right cross led to Petrina's first goal in the 22nd minute. Williams had a slight touch on her run and the ball came to Petrina in the heart of the 18-yard box. Petrina won a battle with the nearest defender, scoring with a shot inside the left post after a spin-and-shoot sequence.
In the 30th minute, Williams connected a lead pass up the left flank to spring Melchiorre for a semi-breakaway. The freshman dribbled deep into the 18-yard box before scoring from about eight yards out with a shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
Purdue wasted no time extending its lead early in the second half, with Vanessa Korolas setting up Williams' second goal in the 48th minute. Korolas overcame a slide tackle in the bottom left corner of the 18-yard box. She got to her feet first and connected a quick, short pass to Williams at the top of the six-yard box for redirected tap-in.
Petrina's second goal was the end result of the wildest sequence of the game. In the 57th minute, MSU goalkeeper Reilley Ott made an impressive leaping save on a rising strike by Williams from the right flank. The ball remained in play and Williams corralled the rebound. Petrina joined the back side of the play, taking possession of Williams' deflected back pass at the top of the 18-yard box. Petrina's perfectly placed shot floated into the top right 90 of the net.
Stephens capped the scoring in the 84th minute with a rising blast from 25 yards out over a leaping Ott. Breana Robbins and Stephens connected passes back and forth to create the shooting lane from the right flank.
Purdue goalkeeper Katie Luce finished with three saves before giving way to Erika Yohn in the 85th minute. The Boilermakers successfully defended 11 corner kicks while surrendering only five shots on goal.
Alyssa Lum logged 30 minutes to lead the reserves. As was the case with the Indiana State win, no Boilermakers were required to go the distance.
Purdue closes out its five-game road stretch Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. match at rival Indiana. The Boilermakers will take the Golden Boot traveling trophy with them to Bloomington and can keep possession of it with a win or draw.