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Elizabeth Ball and Alina Ortega Jurado honored by TopDrawerSoccer
Penn State hosts Michigan Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.
Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (2015)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2016, 2017)
Academic All-Big Ten...Started all 21 matches on the Nittany backline...Played 1,932 minutes, which was second-best on the team...Ortega Jurado and the Nittany Lion defense recorded nine shutouts on the year...Tallied two points on the year (2a)...Recorded assists in back-to-back games (9/9-9/11)...Posted an assist in 3-0 win against San Diego State (9/9)...Recorded an assist in 2-0 victory against La Salle (9/11).
Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team (Midfielder)...Appeared in 20 matches and started the season-opener against Hofstra (8/21)...Netted her first career point on an assist in a 4-2 victory over Arkansas (8/30)...Tallied back-to-back matches with at least one point (Iowa - 9/27 & Northwestern - 10/4)...Recorded a career-high two assists in a 5-1 victory over Iowa (9/27)...Scored her first career goal against Northwestern (10/4).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Member of the German U-15, U-17 and U-19 Women’s National Teams...A member of the 1. FFC Frankfurt soccer club that won the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League...Competed at the U-17 European Championship (2013) and U-19 European Championship (2015).
Alina Ortega Jurado was born on April 22, 1997, in Wetzlar, Germany...Parents are Maria Mercedes Jurado Cabrera and Valentin Ortega Sañudo...Has an older sister, Samira…Psychology major.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
“It is the perfect place to develop myself in academics and athletics. As soon as I heard that there was any chance to become a part of Penn State, I knew that this was the best choice.”