UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Maddy Williams scored twice to increase her career goals total to a program-record 36, leading the way offensively in Purdue women's soccer's 2-2 draw at No. 9 Penn State on Friday.
Goalkeeper Erika Yohn matched her career high with nine saves while making her first start of the season (26th career). On a night in which the Boilermakers (9-6-2, 4-4-2 B1G) were out shot 23-4, the senior helped Purdue earn a standings point against the Nittany Lions (10-3-3, 6-1-3 B1G) for the first time since 2003. It was the team's first positive result ever against PSU in Central Pennsylvania.
Williams tied Jessica Okoroafo's program record with her 35th career goal in the 14th minute. After PSU had equalized in the 64th minute, Williams eclipsed Okorafo's benchmark with another goal in the 74th minute. Vanessa Korolas flipped the field and set up Williams' historic goal. Korolas stole the ball from a PSU player inside Purdue's 18-yard box and dribbled the ball all the way into the final third.
The Boilermakers moved into a three-way tie for sixth place (14 points) with Wisconsin and Nebraska in the Big Ten standings. Saturday, the Badgers play at Iowa (11 points) and Nebraska visits Northwestern (16 points). The top eight teams qualify for the Big Ten Tournament and Purdue is now three points clear of ninth-place Iowa. However, the Hawkeyes own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
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Penn State had not conceded a goal at home since its season opener vs. BYU. The Boilermakers also became the first Big Ten team to score multiple goals against PSU this year.
Williams' first goal snapped a pair of long shutout streaks for the Nittany Lions. As the first goal PSU had conceded in October, it ended an overall shutout streak at 422 consecutive minutes. Penn State's shutout streak at home was snapped at 604 consecutive minutes.
Purdue equaled the number of goals PSU had conceded in its first nine Big Ten games of the season combined.
The Boilermakers scored twice vs. the Nittany Lions for the first time since 2005, which was also the last year they took PSU to overtime.
Williams posted her eighth career multi-goal game, which is also the most in program history. Three of those multi-goal efforts have come this season. Lauren Sesselmann, whose seven career multi-goal games was the program record entering the season, is the only other Boilermaker with three multi-goal games in a season. Sesselmann accomplished the feat in 2005 and also had a multi-goal effort at Penn State.
Williams has also eclipsed Purdue all-time records for assists and points this season. With 36 goals and 26 assists, she has now had a direct impact on 62 goals during her career.
Williams' 12 goals this season are one shy of Loredana Riverso's program record (13) from 2007. She regained the Big Ten lead in points (32) and is now just two behind Riverso's record (34), also from 2007.
The Boilermakers had not held the lead at PSU's Jeffrey Field since 2005. Purdue led for 62 of the 110 minutes Friday after it had not led at any point since the end of its Oct. 1 win vs. Northwestern.
Ohio State's win at Minnesota coupled with the Purdue-PSU draw allowed the Buckeyes to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. OSU has also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
Yohn made four of her nine saves in the second half and two more in overtime. She made high-quality saves in the 35th, 42nd, 76th and 109th minutes. The senior also made nine saves at No. 4 West Virginia last season.
Williams scored both of her goals on well-placed shots from distance. Her first goal came via a shot over the top of PSU goalkeeper Rose Chandler from 25 yards out. The second-half score was via a shot inside the left post from the top of the 18-yard box after Korolas flipped the field.
Elizabeth Ball and Laura Freigang scored the Nittany Lions' equalizers. Ball buried a diagonal shot through traffic into the bottom right corner of the net after Emily Ogle served a long corner kick into the far side of the 18-yard box. Freigang's draw-salvaging equalizer in the 87th minute was scored via a well-placed shot into the top right 90 after a scramble inside the 18-yard box.
All eleven of Purdue's starters logged at least 89 minutes. Sarah Clark, Kylie Hase, Maya Lambert, Gabby LaMere, Hannah Mussallem and Korolas all went distance among the field players. Sarah Griffith (102) and Andrea Petrina (101) also played over 100 minutes. Brady Riley logged 16 minutes to lead the reserves.
The Boilermakers close the regular season Wednesday at home vs. Maryland. Purdue's specific Big Ten Tournament scenarios will be more clear after Saturday's results around the conference. All 14 Big Ten teams play their regular-season finales Wednesday evening. The Boilermakers are in position to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2008 (the event wasn't held in 2009 and 2010).