Aug. 4, 2013
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Purdue women's soccer alumnus Felicia Schroeder was the winner of the unofficial Golden Boot award as the top goal scorer at the Dealympics for the second time, helping lead the USA Women's Soccer Deaf National Team to its third straight gold medal at the event.
Team USA defeated Russia, 2-1, Sunday in the gold medal match. The Russians regularly double- and triple-teamed Schroeder after she entered the day with eight goals in the tournament. The Russians kept Schroeder off the scoreboard for the first time in the tournament, but Team USA received goals from Kate Ward and Julia Nelson less than 10 minutes apart in the second half to open up a scoreless game. The Americans dominated possession for the final 18 minutes to hold on for the win.
Team USA finished the Deaflympics riding a 15-game winning streak that started at the 2005 Deaflympics, The Americans scored 27 goals to Russia's eight in the 2013 Deaflympics. USA's squad was balanced by eight players who scored goals, including five who had multiple goals at the Deaflympics.
Russia was the only team to score against Team USA at this year's tournament. Schroeder had a hat trick in the tourney opener against Greece and also scored twice in wins against Great Britain and Japan.
Schroeder was selected as the inaugural winner of U.S. Soccer's Disabled Athlete of the Year award in November 2012 after helping Team USA win gold at the World Deaf Football Championships last summer, scoring four goals in the tournament. She also played professionally in Sweden last year.
Schroeder played for the Boilermakers in 2007 and 2008 after transferring to Purdue from South Carolina. She scored 13 goals in 47 games for the Boilers, sharing the team lead with eight in 2008. The Cincinnati native played in all 25 games for Purdue's 2007 team that won a program-record 20 games, scoring five goals. Including her underclassman seasons at South Carolina, she finished her college career with 21 goals.
Purdue posted a 32-9-6 record during Schroeder's two seasons with the program. She played in all 47 games.