WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Leading the Big Ten in goals and points during the final season of her record-setting college career earned Purdue's Maddy Williams an invitation to U.S. Soccer's U-23 training camp this week in Orlando.
Williams traveled to Florida for U.S. Soccer U-23 Women's National Team training camp, which opened Tuesday and continues through Dec. 4. The seven-day camp is highlighted by two scrimmages at the UCF Soccer and Track Complex. The U-23 camp team will take on a men's team from the Orlando City Development Academy on Dec. 3 after also hosting a Dec. 1 intrasquad scrimmage.
U.S. head coach B.J. Snow called 22 college players and four NWSL players to the fifth domestic event of the year for the U-23 age group. Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy, Penn State defender Kaleigh Riehl and Nebraska midfielder Haley Hanson are the other Big Ten players attending the training camp. Hanson also closed out her college career this fall.
"It's a great honor for Maddy to be invited to this U.S. Soccer camp," Purdue head coach Drew Roff said. "Her consistent scoring and leadership was such a big part of our successful season this fall. She has proved herself as one of the most proficient goal scorers on the college level and this experience with the U-23 National Team is a great next step as she looks to continue her career professionally."
As a four-year starter who set Purdue all-time records for goals (38), assists (26), points (102), multi-goal games, shots and shots on goal, Williams finished her college career last month as the top offensive player in program history. She scored 22 of her 38 career goals in her two seasons under Roff. Her return from the knee injury that sidelined her for all of the 2016 campaign coincided perfectly with the arrival of the talented freshman class that joined the program this fall. The Boilermakers went on to enjoy their finest season of the decade, winning 10 games while scoring in 17 of their 19 matches.
Professional opportunities for the 2017 Big Ten Forward of the Year will come into focus over the next two months. Williams will look to follow in footsteps of Lauren Sesselmann (2001-05) and Hannah Leinert (2015-16), two former Purdue forwards who played professionally in 2017. Sesselmann helped the Santa Clarita Blue Heat return to United Women's Soccer's championship final. Leinert continued her career in Europe with Olimpia Cluj, helping the Romanian club win its group to qualify for round of 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The NWSL College Draft is set for Jan. 18, 2018.