Purdue Back in the Big Ten Tournament
Oct. 25, 2017


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Maddy Williams scored twice for the second game in a row, propelling Purdue women's soccer to a 2-0 victory vs. Maryland and its first Big Ten Tournament berth since 2008.

As the No. 7 seed, the Boilermakers (10-6-2, 5-4-2 B1G) will take on No. 2 seed Northwestern on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET at Martin Stadium in Evanston, Illinois. The semifinals and championship game are set for the weekend of Nov. 3 to 5 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. Minnesota and Wisconsin are also on the same side of Purdue's half of the bracket.

Led by a pair of goals from Kylie Hase, the Boilermakers won the regular-season meeting with the Wildcats 2-0 Oct. 1 at Folk Field. However, NU won each of its final four games in shutout fashion and did not concede a goal in any of it five Big Ten home games this season.

Williams scored her 13th and 14th goals of the season, establishing new Purdue single-season records for goals and points (36). She's also the first Boilermaker with four multi-goal games in a season. The senior's six game-winning goals this year have matched Jessica Okoroafo's program record from 2005.

WEDNESDAY NOTABLES
• Purdue has reached the 10-win mark for the first time since 2009 (12-6-3, 5-3-2 B1G), which was also the last time the program finished .500 or better in Big Ten play. The 2009 Boilermakers qualified for the NCAA Tournament but did not play in the Big Ten Tournament because the event went on a two-year hiatus from 2009 to 2010. Purdue's seven home wins this year were its most since the 2009 team went 8-1-2 at Folk Field.
• The Boilermakers scored in their 14th consecutive home game dating back to October 2016. Assuming Wednesday was the home finale, Purdue scored in every home game for only the third time (2002, 2003) in the 20 years of the program.
• Williams accounted for the Boilermakers' final four goals of the regular season, posting multi-goal efforts in consecutive games for the second time in her career. She's the first Boilermaker to do it twice and the first Purdue player to account for four consecutive goals since Parrissa Eyorokon in September 2006.
• More importantly, Williams provided the offense that prevented Purdue from trailing at any point over the last 200 minutes of game action. Prior to the Oct. 20 draw at No. 9 Penn State, the Boilermakers had not held the lead since the end of their Oct. 1 win vs. Northwestern.
• Williams reached the 100 career points plateau on her first goal Wednesday. Prior to kickoff, she was presented with three personalized game balls commemorating the Purdue all-time records for goals, assists and points she has established this season.
• Williams has now scored at least once against 10 of the 13 Big Ten rivals.
• Williams finished the regular season tied for the Big Ten lead in goals with Minnesota's Sydney Squires. Williams' 36 points and six game-winning goals are also tops in the league.
Vanessa Korolas recorded the assist on Williams' first goal, her fourth helper of the season and ninth career. Seven of Korolas' nine career assists have set up game-winning goals.
• Goalkeeper Erika Yohn earned her fourth career solo shutout. The Boilermakers' seven shutouts this season are the program's most since the 2007 team set a program record with 14.

Williams scored in the 12th and 78th minutes. Her classmates Korolas and Gabby LaMere set up the scores. Korolas connected a pass from the east sideline to Williams at the top of the 18-yard box. After taking an extra touch to create a more favorable angle and lane, Williams scored with a shot inside the right post. LaMere's long pass up the right flank set Williams free on a semi-breakaway. She fired a missile into the top half of the net.

Maryland goalkeeper Rachel Egyed made two excellent saves in the second half to keep it a one-goal game until the 78th minute. Egyed made a diving save to her right to stop an Andrea Petrina penalty kick in the 53rd minute. Sarah Griffith had been taken down inside the 18-yard box to create the PK opportunity. Egyed's other impressive save came in the 71st minute, again diving to her right to deny Hannah Melchiorre.

Yohn made four saves while recording her 14th career goalkeeper victory. Maya Lambert, Hannah Mussallem, Hase and Korolas went the distance among the Purdue field players. Maddy Duncan logged 24 minutes to lead the reserves as the first Boilermaker off the bench in both halves.

Purdue won the only previous Big Ten Tournament meeting with Northwestern, 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 tournament in St. Paul. The Boilermakers' 15 all-time wins vs. NU are their most against any opponent.


 

 

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