Oct. 29, 2012
College Sports Madness Big Ten All-Conference Teams
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Jordan Pawlik and Clara Kridler earned spots on the College Sports Madness Big Ten All-Conference Teams after being the respective offensive and defensive leaders of Purdue women's soccer this season.
Pawlik was recognized as a First Team midfielder. Kridler was named the Second Team goalkeeper.
In her first season with the program, Pawlik led the team with nine goals, the most by a Boilermaker since 2007. She posted the fourth hat trick in program history in the Sept. 2 win against Evansville and also scored twice in her return to Louisville, where she played her first two college seasons. Her impact on the team was evident in both the season and Big Ten openers. The Fort Wayne native assisted on the goals by Alex Hairston and Hadley Stuart scored only 48 seconds apart in the season-opening win versus Toledo. A month later against Michigan State in East Lansing, she found the back of the net in her Big Ten debut, becoming the sixth player in program history to accomplish the feat.
Kridler started every game except the senior night season finale. She finished the regular season leading the Big Ten with 86 saves, tallying seven or more saves seven times. With 178 saves the last two years, Kridler is just the second goalkeeper in program history to record consecutive seasons of 80-plus saves. She went the distance in shutout wins against Toledo, Tennessee-Martin, Central Michigan and Northwestern.
The All-Big Ten teams selected by the league coaches and announced by the conference office will be unveiled later this week. The eight-team Big Ten Tournament opens Wednesday morning in Bloomington. Iowa defeated Wisconsin Saturday in Iowa City to steal the final Big Ten Tournament berth away from the tourney host Hoosiers. This year marked the first time the tournament host was not granted an automatic bid to the event.
Pawlik and Kridler are among the 12 players that started games this fall that are scheduled to return for Purdue's 2013 season. All seven players that scored goals for the Boilers this season have eligibility remaining.