ROSEMONT, Ill. – For their leading-role contributions in Purdue women’s soccer’s sweep of its conference-opening road trip, Maddy Williams and Kylie Hase have been honored as the Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week.
Williams is the league’s first player to repeat as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Ohio State’s Tiffany Cameron in October 2012. Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy also repeated as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this week.
Hase scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute Thursday in the Boilermakers’ first-ever win in Ann Arbor. It marked the first time a Purdue freshman has ever scored the game-winner in a 1-0 Big Ten road victory. With two goals and three assists in Sunday’s win at Michigan State, Williams had a direct impact on five of Purdue’s six goals. She tied program records with three assists and seven points.
Williams enters the week leading the Big Ten in goals (8), assists (7), points (23) and game-winning goals (4). She’s the primary reason why the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 24 goals. However, Hase became the fifth different Purdue player with multiple goals this season, a big reason why the team is off to its best nine-game start (7-2) since 2007.
THE LAST TIME
• A Boilermaker won Big Ten Player of the Week twice in same season: Jenny Bradfisch (Defensive), 2009
• A Boilermaker won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week twice in same season: Jessica Okoroafo, 2005
• Purdue had a Big Ten Player of the Week honoree in consecutive weeks: August 2009 – Aug. 24, Jessica Okoroafo (Offensive); Aug. 31, Sylvia Forbes (Offensive) and Jenny Bradfisch (Defensive).
• A Big Ten player repeated as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week: Ohio State’s Tiffany Cameron (Oct. 22 and 29, 2012)
• A Boilermaker won Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Erika Arkans (Sept. 3, 2014)
Hase’s goal was the first Michigan had conceded at home this year in 470 minutes. It lifted the Boilermakers to their first 1-0 win on the road since September 2013 at Ohio State. The 2013 campaign was also the last time a Purdue freshman accounted for the game-winner in a 1-0 victory when Williams accomplished the feat twice in a weekend sweep of Illinois and Northwestern. She earned Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week honors for her heroics.
Williams either scored or assisted on each of the first five goals Sunday at Michigan State as the Boilermakers recorded their most goals ever in a Big Ten road game. The senior eclipsed Purdue's all-time assists record in the victory and is now just one point shy of Lauren Sesselmann’s all-time record.
For the weekend, Hase played 166 of the 180 minutes while Williams logged 158 minutes. The Boilermakers opened Big Ten play 2-0 for the first time since 2008, which was also the last time they swept a two-game Big Ten weekend road trip. Purdue had beaten both Michigan and Michigan State in the same year once before (2005).
Williams is now just one of three Boilermakers to win Big Ten Player of the Week honors three times in her career, joining all-time saves leader Lauren Mason (6) and all-time goals leader Jessica Okoroafo (4).
Hase and Williams will lead the Boilermakers into action Saturday for the annual Golden Boot rivalry game against Indiana. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET in Bloomington.