WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A 10-win campaign and return to the Big Ten Tournament, made possible in part by Big Ten Forward of the Year Maddy Williams' program-record 14 goals, were all big parts of a successful 2017 season for Purdue women's soccer.
The Boilermakers (10-7-2, 5-4-2 B1G) enjoyed their finest season of the decade, reaching the 10-win benchmark for the first time since 2009. Purdue scored 36 goals to rank second in the Big Ten through the end of the regular season. The Boilermakers scored in their first 13 games and 17 of 19 overall, including all 10 at home. But they also excelled defensively, winning seven times in shutout fashion. Purdue posted a pair of 300-minute shutout streaks and compiled a program-record shutout streak at home of 470 consecutive minutes from Aug. 21 through Oct. 12.
Williams was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after her big games at Louisville (hat trick), Michigan State (single-game record 7 points) and Penn State (2 goals). She was the league's first player to be a three-time Offensive Player of the Week in the same season since 2013. Kylie Hase and Katie Luce were also recognized with Big Ten weekly awards.
Purdue will have to bid adieu to an important six-player senior class of Maddy Olsen, Vanessa Korolas, Gabby LaMere, Andrea Petrina, Erika Yohn and Williams. They made a combined 261 starts during their careers, including 79 this fall. However, the Boilermakers started six freshmen for much of the 2017 campaign. Juniors Hannah Mussallem (39 career starts) and Dannah Williams (28) have also been multi-year starters. They're also scheduled to return for the 2018 season.
Maddy Williams -- First Team Forward, United Soccer Coaches
BIG TEN FORWARD OF THE YEAR
M-WILLIAMS' NEW INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
* Tied a program record
Goals -- Game: 3* (Sept. 8 at Louisville), Season: 14, Career: 38
Assists -- Game: 3* (Sept. 17 at Michigan State), Career: 26
Points -- Game: 7* (Sept. 17 at Michigan State), Season: 36, Career: 102
Multi-Goal Games -- Season: 4, Career: 9
Game-Winning Goals -- Season: 6*
Shots -- Career: 285
Shots on Goal -- Career: 127
BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
Maddy Williams -- Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Oct. 24)
Kylie Hase -- Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3); Freshman of the Week (Sept. 19, Oct. 3)
Katie Luce -- Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3)
Aug. 9 -- Purdue wins 2-0 at No. 18 Notre Dame in preseason opener
Aug. 27 -- Purdue scores 5 second-half goals in 6-0 win vs. Indiana State; Petrina and Mussallem both score twice
Sept. 8 -- Maddy Williams' natural hat trick leads Purdue to 3-2 win at Louisville
Sept. 14 -- Kylie Hase scores game-winner in 83rd minute as Purdue opens Big Ten play with its first-ever win in Ann Arbor
Sept. 17 -- Williams' seven points (2 goals, 3 assists) carries Purdue to 6-2 win at Michigan State; Boilermakers win in East Lansing for first time since 2007 and sweep a two-game Big Ten road trip for only the fourth time ever
Oct. 1 -- Kylie Hase scores twice as Purdue defeats defending Big Ten co-champion Northwestern 2-0; Boilermakers join Penn State as the only Big Ten teams to score multiple goals vs. NU in 2017
Oct. 20 -- Williams scores twice and Purdue never trails in 2-2 draw at Penn State, earning a standings point in Central Pennsylvania for the first time; Boilermakers become only Big Ten team to score on PSU's home field in 2017
Oct. 25 -- Purdue defeats Maryland 2-0 to clinch its first Big Ten Tournament berth since 2008; Williams scores twice again to become the first Boilermaker since 2006 to account for four consecutive goals
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (3.0+ GPA)
BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS (3.7+ GPA)
Announced in June