Maumee soccer player Maddy Woolford, who is one of the best to ever play for the Panthers, has signed to continue her career at Purdue University.
Woolford, an outside midfielder, earned All-Ohio first team honors as a junior and senior. Woolford, who recently graduated, set Maumee school records for goals in a career with 70, and goals in a season when she scored 29 as a senior.
“I'm excited. I really like it here,” Woolford said in a phone interview from West Lafayette, Ind. “I like the size of the school and the location. It's a fantastic program, and I really like the coach.”
Woolford, a four-year varsity starter, earned All-Northern Lakes League first team honors all four seasons.
She also holds school records for assists in a career with 54, and in a season with 20 last fall.
Maumee coach Holly Hamilton said she primarily put Woolford at outside midfield, but that she could play anywhere.
“Her foot skills are unbelievable,” Hamilton said. “She was the fastest on our team and could run down anybody. She has a desire and a will to win. She came out every day saying that we were going to win.”
Woolford was the Division II district player of the year as a junior and senior. She earned all-district first-team honors the past three seasons.
Woolford started on the varsity as a freshman and had 10 goals and nine assists. She followed that with 16 goals and 12 assists as a sophomore. Woolford had 15 goals and 13 assists as a junior.
She led the Panthers to the D-II regional semifinals last fall. Maumee posted a 13-6-1 record, and was the first team in the program's history to win a district title.
Woolford, who had originally signed to play at Owens Community College, was offered the scholarship to Purdue late in the recruiting process when a roster spot opened up. She signed last Friday.
She will join former Perrysburg star Maddy Williams as a Boilermaker. Williams led the Yellow Jackets to the Division I state title in 2012. Williams earned All-American honors when she had 48 goals and 17 assists and led Perrysburg to a perfect 23-0-0 record.
“It makes the transition easy because Maddy Williams is here,” Woolford said. “I played with her on club teams. She is one of the best athletes I've ever seen. It's exciting just to even train with her and play at this level.”
Woolford said she is already enrolled at Purdue and is participating in offseason conditioning.
“A lot of the girls are from big areas like Chicago and Cincinnati,” Woolford said. “It's scary, but I think I'll transition well.”
Woolford said she is undecided about her major, but might go into nursing.
“It's kind of like a job,” Woolford said. “But it's better than working.”