Williams Named B1G Player of the Week
Sept. 12, 2017


ROSEMONT, Ill. - Maddy Williams' hat trick in Purdue women's soccer's win at Louisville has earned the senior her second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Williams posted the fifth hat trick in program history, tying the Boilermakers' record for goals in a game. She scored three minutes and six seconds apart in the first half. The third score of the natural hat trick was also her 30th career goal and 10th career game winner.

Purdue won 3-2 after Louisville scored twice in the final four minutes. It was the Boilermakers' first regular-season non-conference win on a Power Five opponent's home pitch since September 2010 at Colorado.

Williams also helped set up Purdue's goal in Sunday's loss at unbeaten Cincinnati. Her long pass up the right flank led to an own goal after Hannah Melchiorre escorted UC's stray back pass into the net. The Boilermakers have scored first in each of their first seven games this season.

Williams was also named Big Ten Player of the Week in October 2013 after she scored the lone goal in consecutive 1-0 wins vs. Illinois and Northwestern. She joins Jessica Okoroafo (4) and Parrissa Eyorokon (2) as Boilermakers to win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week multiple times during their careers. Goalkeepers Lauren Mason (6) and Jenny Bradfisch (2) were also Defensive Player of the Week winners on multiple occasions.

While recording a point in each of the first six games, Williams leads Purdue with six goals and four assists. Her return to the lineup after redshirting in 2016 with a knee injury helped the Boilermakers score 17 goals while compiling a 5-2 non-conference record. Purdue has already exceeded its season-long totals for wins and goals from a year ago.

Williams' six-game point streak was the second of her career, making her the first Boilermaker to accomplish the feat twice. With 30 goals and 22 assists for her career, she continues to chase the program's all-time records held by Okoroafo (35) and Alex Hairston (23). Williams and Okoroafo are the only players in program history with both a hat trick and 30 career goals.

Purdue opens Big Ten play this weekend with a Michigan-Michigan State road trip. Kickoff Thursday in Ann Arbor is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

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