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TEAM CO-CAPTAIN (2017)
NSCAA All-GREAT LAKES REGION SECOND TEAM (2016)
All-big ten FIRST TEAM HONOREE (2016)
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (10/13/15)
TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week (10/6/15, 11/11/15, 11/21/17)
TopDrawerSoccer player of the Week (11/21/17)
Team co-captain…Named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week and the Player of the Week (11/21)…Played in 23 matches, which included 21 starts…Played in 90 minutes or more in 16 matches…Ball played in 12 matches that the Nittany Lion defense tallied a shutout…Finished the year with eight points on three goals and two assists…Netted her first point of the year on an assist in Penn State’s 3-0 win over Hofstra (8/20)…Scored her first goal of the year in Penn State’s 4-0 victory over Michigan State (10/8)…Recorded her second goal of 2017 in a 2-2 draw against Purdue (10/20)…Netted a career-best three points on one goal and one assist in Penn State’s 3-1 victory over West Virginia in the third round of the NCAA Tournament (11/19)…Finished fourth on the team in minutes played (1,937)…Closed out her Nittany Lion career fourth all-time in minutes played (7,881).
NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team...All-Big Ten First Team honoree...Started all 21 matches on the Nittany Lion backline...Finished the season with five points on two goals and one assist...Played 1,801 minutes on the year, which ranked fourth-best on the team...Ball and the Nittany Lion defense tallied nine shutouts on the year...Netted an assist on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at Wisconsin (9/18)...Scored her first goal of the year in a 2-0 win against Iowa (9/23)...Tallied her second goal of the year in a 3-0 win at Maryland (10/9).
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (10/13)...Two-time TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week honoree (10/6 & 11/11)...Started all 27 matches on the Nittany Lion backline...Played the full time in 19 matches, including a 0-0 draw against No. 21 Duke (8/28)...Posted a career-high five shot attempts against Indiana (Oct. 11)...Netted her first goal of the season in a 4-0 win over Indiana (10/11)...Scored the game-winning goal over Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament championship match in the ninth minute (11/8)...Posted her third goal of the season against Boston U (11/20)...A member of the Nittany Lion backline that posted 15 shutouts on the year, including eight-straight to end the season...Finished third on the team in minutes played (2,318)...Her 2,318 minutes played are the sixth-most in a single-season in program history.
Started all but one game on the season as a centerback...Logged 1,825 minutes of playing time, including 102 minutes vs. North Carolina (9/5)...Her only goal of the season was the game-winner at Michigan State (10/19)...Took four shots, two of which were on frame...Played 90 minutes or more in 13 games, including four-straight games on full-time from 9/26-10/5, three-straight from 10/24-10/30 and the final three contests of the season (11/21-11/29).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Four-year varsity starter for Deep Run and coaches Nicole Marks, Jen Woodie and Brooke Rooney...NSCAA High School All-America in 2013 and 2014...Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year nominee from 2012-14...Earned Central Region Player of the Year honors in 2011 and Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year accolades in 2011 and 2013...District/Conference 11 Player of the Year in 2011 and 2014...Garnered First Team All-District, First Team All-Region and First Team All-State/All-Group accolades in 2011, 2013 and 2014...Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro first team and U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete in 2014...In 2013, team went undefeated en route to a State AAA Championship...Central Region/Conference 11 Champions in 2011, 2013 and 2014...Colonial District Champions in each of her four seasons...Also competed in track and field.
Played for the Richmond Strikers ECNL under head coach Jay Howell...Team leading scorer from 2011-14 with 57 goals in that span...Three-year co-captain...Attended Id2/ECNL Training Camp in 2012 and 2013.
Full name is Elizabeth Rose Ball...Born on Oct. 20, 1995, in Newport News, Virginia...Parents are Melvin and Cheryl Gray Ball...Has one brother, Christopher...Biobehavioral health major.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
“I chose Penn State not only because it is one of the top programs in the county, but also because this team isn’t just a team; it’s a family.”