Nov. 8, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue women's soccer scored early and often over the first half of the season, but for the second year in a row an extended losing streak during conference play ended the Boilermakers' campaign without a Big Ten Tournament berth.
Purdue (8-10-1, 3-8-0 Big Ten) posted its most wins since 2009 (12) but failed to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament for the third year in a row. Led by the forward trio of Maddy Williams (10 goals, 6 assists), Hadley Stuart (6 goals, 10 assists) and Alex Hairston (6 goals, 8 assists), the Boilers scored 34 goals and found the back of the net in each of the first 13 games. But after recording multiple goals in seven of its eight nonconference games, Purdue did not score more than once in any of its 11 Big Ten matches.
After starting conference play with losses to Wisconsin and Penn State, the Boilers reeled off three consecutive 1-0 victories -- shutting out Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern. Purdue entered the night of Friday, Oct. 11 with an opportunity to grab a share of first place in the Big Ten standings with a win against eventual Big Ten champion Nebraska. The Huskers blew open a game that was scoreless at the half with four goals in a span of 26 minutes. The Boilermakers did not win again and Nebraska did not lose the remainder of the regular season.
Purdue's 13-game scoring streak, the fourth-longest run in program history, was snapped that night versus Nebraska. The Boilermakers also saw their shutout streak of 329 consecutive scoreless minutes come to an end. It ranked as the team's longest defensive streak since October 2009.
But Purdue also played the role of streak snapper in its 1-0 wins against Ohio State and Illinois. The Boilermakers ended OSU's 12-game unbeaten streak vs. Big Ten opponents and became the first visiting team to win in Columbus in over a year. It was OSU's lone home loss of the year as well as Purdue's first win in Columbus since 2007. The Boilers kept Illinois winless (0-5-3) all-time in West Lafayette and also snapped the Illini's 20-game scoring streak.
The third straight 1-0 victory extended the program-long win streak against Northwestern to 10 consecutive games. Purdue had not won three consecutive games in 1-0 fashion since 2006 and it was the team's first three-game win streak in Big Ten play since 2007.
In the opening game of the three-game streak, Hairston scored only 31 seconds after kickoff at OSU to record the fourth-fastest goal in program history. Williams accounted for the game-winners against Illinois and Northwestern, winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for her big weekend. She was Purdue's first winner of the award since 2009 after joining Lauren Sesselmann (2001) as the only players in program history to account for the game-winner in consecutive Big Ten games.
Williams went on to eclipse Sesselmann's freshman points record, finishing the season with 26 while tying Jessica Okoroafo's freshman goals benchmark from 2005. Williams' 10 goals were the most by a Boiler since 2007 and represented only the sixth double-figure total in program history.
Stuart finished only one assist shy of the program's single-season record. Her 10 helpers were also the most by a Boiler since 2007. The senior assisted on three of Purdue's four scores in the Aug. 30 win against Northern Illinois to establish a new team single-game record.
Hairston scored in four straight games (Sept. 8-22) and recorded a point in eight consecutive contests (Sept. 6-29). She established a new record with the latter streak after coming up just one game shy of the goals run. Williams registered a point in eight consecutive games in which she played from Sept. 6 through Oct. 6, missing only the Sept. 13 win against IPFW during that stretch.
Hairston and Stuart both scored in the most exciting game of the season, Sept. 15 at Mid-American Conference East Division champion Miami (Ohio). But it was Jordan Pawlik that played the starring role that day. Purdue equalized three times in regulation and won the game in the 102nd minute on Pawlik's golden goal. The senior also assisted on Stuart's goal in the 82nd minute that sent the game to overtime. Pawlik became only the second player in program history to record a multi-goal effort in the same game in which she accounted for an overtime game-winner.
The Boilermakers also scored three or more goals in games against Akron (won, 5-0), Xavier (lost, 4-3), NIU (won, 4-1) and Dartmouth (won, 5-3) en route to entering Big Ten play with a program-high 26 goals scored. But Purdue surrendered 43 goals this season, the most in the Big Ten and the second most in team history.
Sept. 26 at Penn State, goalkeeper Clara Kridler recorded her 200th career save and Williams accounted for the Boilers' first goal vs. PSU in Central Pennsylvania since 2005. Kridler became only the fourth `keeper in program history to reach the 200 career saves benchmark and finished her time as a three-year starter third in the record book with 246 saves.
Early goals were a mini theme of the season. Chinyelu Asher scored only 68 seconds after the opening kickoff of the season opener against Akron, accounting for the fastest goal to begin a campaign. During the Boilers' six-game slide to end the season, Michigan State (1:27) and Minnesota (:55) both scored in the opening 90 seconds. Those were a pair of games that Purdue needed to have a chance at qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament and the team ended up trailing basically the entire day. Xavier defeated the Boilers after scoring twice in the first six minutes. All toll, there was a goal scored in the first five minutes in seven of the 19 games.
Purdue wore pink uniforms to highlight breast cancer awareness for the annual special jerseys game, held Oct. 24 against Indiana this year. The jerseys were available via silent auction during the game and the Boilers raised $905 in proceeds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Thanks to the support of the Greater Lafayette Recreational Soccer Alliance and the Pitch Protectors student support group, a new single-game attendance record (1,318) was established at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex for the Sept. 22 Big Ten opener against Wisconsin.
Purdue will have to bid adieu to five seniors -- Shae Desmond, Jordan Frick, Kridler, Pawlik and Stuart, whom combined made over 200 starts during their careers -- but is scheduled to return seven starters for the 2014 campaign.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS ALL-CONFERENCE
Maddy Williams, Second Team Forward
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 5
Mollie Kuramoto, First Team Midfielder
BIG TEN PLAYER & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Maddy Williams, Oct. 7
COLLEGESOCCER360.COM PRIMETIME PERFORMER
Jordan Pawlik, Sept. 17
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Pawlik, Sept. 16
BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD