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Penn State ranks third among alums in the NWSL
Senior Raquel Rodriguez nets game-winner in the 72nd minute
Penn State's 10 representatives in the NWSL ranks third in the league behind North Carolina and UCLA
The Nittany Lions wrap up their spring schedule April 15
Church will be one of five Nittany Lions on the Spirit's roster.
M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY AWARD SEMIFINALIST (2014)
NSCAA ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM (2014)
NSCAA ALL-GREAT LAKES FIRST TEAM (2014)
NSCAA ALL-GREAT LAKES FIRST TEAM (2012)
NSCAA ALL-GREAT LAKES SECOND TEAM (2013)
ECAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (2014)
BIG TEN DEFENDER OF THE YEAR (2014)
BIG TEN DEFENDER OF THE YEAR (2012)
ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (2014)
ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (2012)
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (2013)
ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM (2011)
M.A.C. Hermann Trophy award semifinalist ... NSCAA All-America first team honoree ... First team NSCAA All-Great Lakes pick ... Big Ten Defender of the Year ... All-Big Ten first team selection ... Started all 24 of Penn State's matches, logging at least 90 minutes in 20 matches for a team-best 2,106 minutes ... Commanded one of the top defenses in the nation, which allowed more than one goal just twice and posted nine clean sheets ... Scored a goal against Ohio State (9/19) ... Assisted on the game-winner against Nebraska (10/24).
NSCAA All-Great Lakes second team selection ... All-Big Ten second team honoree ... Logged the second-most minutes on the team, starting 21 of 23 games for 1,945 minutes ... Scored her first two goals of the season including the double overtime game winner in the Nittany Lions' conference opener versus Northwestern to earn Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (9/23) ... Also scored a goal at Nebraska (10/27) and in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Monmouth (11/15) ... One helper, at Bucknell (9/10).
NSCAA All-Great Lakes first team selection ... Selected to the All-Big Ten first team ... Named Big Ten Defender of the Year ... Played and started in all 27 contests for the Nittany Lions ... Contributed one assist to help lift the Lions over Wisconsin (9/16) ... Netted two goals, including the game-winner, against Minnesota (9/30) ... Tallied one goal against Michigan (11/18) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Earned All-Big Ten Freshman Team honors ... Made 26 appearances with 15 starts in the midfield for Penn State ... Scored one goal and one assist on 14 shots ... Named to Virginia Nike Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team ... Assisted on game-winning goal against second-place and then-No. 22 Illinois (9/25) ... Scored first collegiate goal, a game-winner versus Nebraska (10/14).
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Participated in three training camps for the U.S. U-17 squad in 2009.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Rated the No. 2 defender in the country and 10th-best player in the 2011 class by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Helped lead Broad Run High to three-straight State, Region and District Championship from 2008-10 coached by Claire Collins ... Named to the 2010 NSCAA All-Region team ... Earned VHSL AA State, Region and District Player of the Year in 2010 ... Named to the All-State first team in 2009 and 2010 ... 2010 Spring All-Met Player... All-Met honorable mention in 2009.
Played club soccer with the Loudoun U-18 squad coached by Randy May ... Team earned third place at the Disney Showcase ... Participated in Virginia ODP from 2005-10 while being a part of the Region 1 pool from 2007-10 ... Member of Virginia ODP trip to Germany as well as Region 1 ODP trip to Portugal and Spain.
Full name is Whitney Marie Church ... Born April 30, 1993 in Fairfax, Va. ... Parents are Donna and Ricki Church ... Majoring in kinesiology.
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