Griffith wins second player of the week honor

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LAFAYETTE OUEST, Ind. – For the second time this season, senior soccer forward Purdue Sarah griffith was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Griffith’s distinction comes after she scored two goals last week, the first which was recognized as a Top 10 Play on Sports Center, and the second an equalizer with 18.9 seconds remaining in regulation, to help the Boilermakers to extend their winning streak and go undefeated in the Big Ten game.

This is the fourth Player of the Week award Purdue is receiving this season. Griffith and second defender Nicole kevdzija were both honored on August 31 and the sophomore midfielder Emilie Mathews was recognized last week.

Griffith’s week started with a goal in Illinois on September 23. His 55th-minute score gave Purdue a 1-0 lead and was ESPN’s No. 5 in the Top 10 later that night. The Boilermakers beat the Fighting Illini, 2-1, as Griffith tied for seven shots and a record four shots on goal.

Three days later, Purdue beat Iowa 2-1 in an overtime thriller at Folk Field. Griffith scored the equalizer in the 90th minute, with just 18.9 seconds left, after the Hawkeyes took a 1-0 lead in the 87th minute. Griffith’s goal forced overtime before the Boilermakers won in the 98th minute.

Hailing from Naperville, Illinois, Griffith leads the Big Ten with seven goals and is third with 15 points. She also keeps pace with the conference and is 15th nationally with 46 shots and second in the league with 24 shots on goal.

The Boilermakers (8-1-2, 3-0-0 Big Ten) have won six in a row and eight of their last nine games. Purdue is enjoying his best start to the regular season since 2007 and is 3-0 in the Big Ten also for the first time since 2007. In the first two weekends of conference competition, the Old Gold and Black are sitting alone atop the Big Ten. standings with nine points, and they are one of two teams without a defeat or a tie.

Next, Griffith and the Boilermakers welcome Michigan’s No.17 to Folk Field on Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. ET. The game is the Hammer Down Cancer team’s annual game. Admission is free for all fans to every home game of the regular season in 2021.

To learn more about the Purdue Football Team, visit PurdueSports.com/Soccer and follow and connect with the Boilermakers at @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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