Oct. 7, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- After providing the only offense Purdue women's soccer would need in a pair of 1-0 victories, becoming the first Boiler to score the game-winning goal in consecutive Big Ten games since 2001, Maddy Williams has been recognized as the Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week.
Williams is Purdue's first Player of the Week honoree since former goalkeeper Carianne Betts was recognized for consecutive shutouts in September 2010. Sylvia Forbes (Aug. 31, 2009) was the Boilers' last Offensive Player of the Week honoree.
Williams also joins Alex Hairston (2011), Chinyelu Asher (2011) and Kim Love (2012) as active Purdue players to garner Big Ten Freshman of the Week acclaim. Williams shared the honor this week with Minnesota's Tarah Hobbs, who was also named Defensive Player of the Week after posting shutouts against Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State.
Williams scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season as the Boilers posted 1-0 wins against Illinois and Northwestern. She's now only one goal shy of Jessica Okoroafo's Purdue freshman record from 2005. The Perrysburg, Ohio, native is third in the Big Ten in goals entering the week as the top freshman scorer in the conference.
Williams became the first Boiler to account for a game-winning goal in consecutive contests since Alex Hairston did so in the first two games of 2012. However, in Big Ten play, a Purdue player had not accomplished the feat since Lauren Sesselmann in 2001. Sesselmann was also a freshman in 2001 and finished her first season with nine goals. Williams tied Sesselmann's freshman record for points (24) Sunday.
Williams has recorded a point (goal or assist) in each of the last eight games in which she has played. She has found the back of the net in three of the last four games and seven of her 12 games. Purdue's single-season record for goals scored is 13, set by Loredana Riverso in 2007.
Goalkeeper Clara Kridler as well as center backs Mikayla Lasky and Love were also strong candidates for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. They've led the way defensively as the Boilers have posted three consecutive 1-0 wins for the first time since September 2006 and compiled a consecutive scoreless minutes streak of 283.
Purdue (8-4-1, 3-2-0 Big Ten) returns to action Friday when Nebraska visits the Boilermaker Soccer Complex for a 7 p.m. night game. The Huskers (9-3-1, 4-1-0 Big Ten) are tied with Penn State atop the Big Ten standings and also feature a freshman scoring standout in Jaycie Johnson (7 goals). Purdue has not been shut out this season and Nebraska has only been blanked once in 13 games.