KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Big Ten Forward of the Year Maddy Williams of Purdue women's soccer has added first team All-Midwest Region honors to her long list of senior-season awards and accomplishments.
The Big Ten leader in goals (14) and points (36) was among the five forwards on the Midwest Region first team, announced by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA). Williams is now eligible for All-America recognition.
Williams is the first Boilermaker to garner All-Region acclaim since Liz Secue was a third team defender in 2010. Purdue's other first team All-Region honorees have included Annette Kent (2003), Kira Bilecky (2007), Parrissa Eyorokon (2007) and Shauna Stapleton (2007).
Eleven of the 18 players on the Midwest Region first team were student-athletes from Big Ten Conference universities. The Midwest Region also features the Big East, Mid-American and Missouri Valley Conferences as well as the Horizon League.
Williams established new Purdue single-season and career records in goals (14, 38), points (36, 102) and multi-goal games this fall (4, 9). Her 26 career assists was also a new program benchmark and she eclipsed team records for shots (285) and shots on goal (127) while closing out her career as a four-year starter.
Williams accounted for the game-winning goal in six of the Boilermakers' 10 victories, the program's most since 2009. She was a big reason why Purdue scored in every home game for just the third time in team history, and first time since 2003. The Boilermakers scored in 17 of their 19 games overall, ranking second in the Big Ten with 36 goals through the end of the regular season.
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. First team all-conference honors accompanied her selection as the Big Ten Forward of the Year.
Williams has accepted an invitation to participate in a U.S. Soccer U-23 National Team camp this week in Orlando, Florida.