WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Maddy Williams scored twice for the second game in a row, propelling Purdue women's soccer to a 2-0 victory vs. Maryland and its first Big Ten Tournament berth since 2008.
As the No. 7 seed, the Boilermakers (10-6-2, 5-4-2 B1G) will take on No. 2 seed Northwestern on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET at Martin Stadium in Evanston, Illinois. The semifinals and championship game are set for the weekend of Nov. 3 to 5 at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. Minnesota and Wisconsin are also on the same side of Purdue's half of the bracket.
Led by a pair of goals from Kylie Hase, the Boilermakers won the regular-season meeting with the Wildcats 2-0 Oct. 1 at Folk Field. However, NU won each of its final four games in shutout fashion and did not concede a goal in any of it five Big Ten home games this season.
Williams scored her 13th and 14th goals of the season, establishing new Purdue single-season records for goals and points (36). She's also the first Boilermaker with four multi-goal games in a season. The senior's six game-winning goals this year have matched Jessica Okoroafo's program record from 2005.
Williams scored in the 12th and 78th minutes. Her classmates Korolas and Gabby LaMere set up the scores. Korolas connected a pass from the east sideline to Williams at the top of the 18-yard box. After taking an extra touch to create a more favorable angle and lane, Williams scored with a shot inside the right post. LaMere's long pass up the right flank set Williams free on a semi-breakaway. She fired a missile into the top half of the net.
Maryland goalkeeper Rachel Egyed made two excellent saves in the second half to keep it a one-goal game until the 78th minute. Egyed made a diving save to her right to stop an Andrea Petrina penalty kick in the 53rd minute. Sarah Griffith had been taken down inside the 18-yard box to create the PK opportunity. Egyed's other impressive save came in the 71st minute, again diving to her right to deny Hannah Melchiorre.
Yohn made four saves while recording her 14th career goalkeeper victory. Maya Lambert, Hannah Mussallem, Hase and Korolas went the distance among the Purdue field players. Maddy Duncan logged 24 minutes to lead the reserves as the first Boilermaker off the bench in both halves.
Purdue won the only previous Big Ten Tournament meeting with Northwestern, 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 tournament in St. Paul. The Boilermakers' 15 all-time wins vs. NU are their most against any opponent.
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