Sept. 3, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Purdue women's soccer's Kim Love has been selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after going the distance at center back as the Boilers surrendered only one goal in the first three game of their six-game homestand.
Not only has Love started each of the first six games this season, the freshman has also yet to leave the pitch during game action. Fellow center back Jessica Warren has done the same.
Purdue (4-2) held Butler without a corner kick opportunity Wednesday in a frustrating 1-0 loss. The lone goal of the night was scored on a second-half penalty kick. Love then helped the Boilers post shutouts in weekend victories against Tennessee-Martin and Evansville. It was Purdue's first set of consecutive shutouts since September 2010. Purdue allowed only 13 shots on goal in the three games.
While Love was the Boiler honored by the conference office Monday, defensive players Melissa Casella, Emma Lancaster, Jordan Frick, Marta Lynch, Tayler Francel and Warren as well as goalkeepers Clara Kridler, Yana Lyon and Samantha Rosa were also contributors to the team efforts.
Love joins Alex Hairston, Chinyelu Asher and Warren as active Purdue players to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. This past week, Hairston assisted on four of the Boilers' six goals. Asher scored the game-winner Friday vs. UTM and setup the first of Jordan Pawlik's three goals Sunday vs. Evansville. Pawlik recorded only the fourth hat trick in program history.
Love is one four Purdue freshmen to start at least once and among the eight that have seen action this season. Love is also one of seven players on the team overall that have started each of the first six games of 2012.
The six-game homestand continues Friday at 7 p.m. versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee.