Oct. 17, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Chinyelu Asher played a role in three of the program record-tying eight goals for Purdue women's soccer in Thursday's rivalry win against Indiana, earning Big Ten Conference co-Freshman of the Week honors for her big night.
Asher scored twice and setup Mollie Kuramoto's goal, which was the first of the eight. She also created the penalty kick opportunity that Kellie Phillips capitalized on. Asher joins Alex Hairston as Boilers to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this year.
With goals in the 39th and 67th minutes, Asher joined Hadley Stuart and Phillips as Purdue players with a multiple-goal game this year. She posted the first multi-goal effort by a freshman since Jessica Okoroafo also scored twice in an October 2005 win against Ohio State.
And Asher's first goal Thursday was one of the most impressive individual efforts by a Boiler this season. After some nifty dribbling to create open space for her shot attempt from the heart of the field, she unleashed a wicked bending shot that soared into the top right 90 of the net.
Asher shared Freshman of Week honors with Penn State midfielder Emily Hurd, who had a goal and two assists this past weekend as the league-leading Nittany Lions posted wins against Nebraska and Iowa.
Phillips' four goals and one assist last week were the same totals as Big Ten Player of the Week Taylor Schram, also of Penn State. But Schram garnered the honor over Phillips partly because PSU won both of its games while Purdue split. Schram scored twice in both victories.
The Boilermakers also had two different Freshman of the Week winners in 2009, a season in which Vanessa Ibewuike and Jessica Warren were both recognized.
Purdue travels to Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend for a key Big Ten road trip. Kickoff Friday in Madison is slated for 8 p.m. (EDT).