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Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
Four upperclassmen, four freshmen receive postseason honors
Nittany Lions open Big Ten Tournament play Sunday, Nov. 1, against Illinois at Jeffrey Field
BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (2015)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2016)
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.”