Nov. 6, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After leading Purdue women's soccer with 10 goals while tying the program's freshman record, Maddy Williams has been selected as a second team all-conference performer by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
With 10 goals and six assists in her first season as a Boilermaker, Williams impacted 16 of the team's 34 goals. She recorded four of her 10 scores in Big Ten Conference play. The Perrysburg, Ohio, native scored in eight of the 18 games in which she played, posting multi-goal efforts in wins against Akron and Northern Illinois. She recorded a point (goal or assist) in eight consecutive games in which she played from Sept. 6 through Oct. 6.
Despite ranking second among Big Ten freshmen and fifth overall with her 10 goals, Williams was left off the All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Teams by the league coaches. Six forwards were named to the All-Big Ten Teams and three forwards were part of the All-Freshman Team. CollegeSportsMadness.com recognized eight forwards among its two all-conference teams.
Williams established a new Purdue freshman record with 24 points this season. She matched Jessica Okoroafo's 2005 freshman benchmark for goals. Williams also became the first Boilermaker to post a double-figure goal total since three players did so during Purdue's historic 2007 20-win campaign.
Williams accounted for the game-winning goal in the victories against Northern Illinois, Illinois and Northwestern. With the Illinois and Northwestern wins coming in back-to-back games the weekend of Oct. 4-6, she 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. Williams was honored as the Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week after her back-to-back game-winners, the program's first offensive honoree since 2009.
CollegeSportsMadness.com named Clara Kridler and Jordan Pawlik second team all-conference last season. The website also recognized Pawlik as its Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 16 of this season after the senior's big game in the overtime win at Miami (Ohio).