2011: Made 24 appearances, while starting last 13 matches during Big Ten and tournament play...Tallied a goal and an assist in her second game as a Nittany Lion vs. Nevada (8/21)...Recorded an assist vs. North Carolina State (9/2)...Scored a goal at Bucknell (9/20)...Notched a goal in the win vs. Ohio State (9/29)...Tallied a goal vs. Nebraska in the Nittany Lions shootout win (10/14) and a pair of assists vs. Iowa (10/16) on her way to receiving Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (10/17)...Scored first game-winning goal, a long-range blast, vs. Purdue (10/30)...Assisted game-winner at Northwestern (11/2)...Scored opening goal of 4-1 victory over Marquette (11/18) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
2010: Red-shirted the season due to stress fracture injury.
Member of Crossfire Premier `91 under the direction of Dick McCormick...Served as team captain from 2002-08...Team was five-time Washington State Cup Champions (2003-05, 2007, 2009)...Team reached the finals of the State Cup from 2003-07 as well as 2009, recording six goals and three assists in the '09 tournament...Squad was Region IV Finalists three times (2004, 2007, 2009), winning the championship twice...Team placed fifth at the National Championships in 2009...Squad was the USL North American Champions in 2006...Squad reached the finals of the Surf Cup in 2006 and 2008, while also reaching the finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup U.S. Finals in 2006...Was the Red Bull Girls National League 2007-08 leading scorer, while the team also participated in the Nike Friendlies in 2007...Team went 263-63-41 from 2002-09...Region IV '91 Olympic Development Program Invitational Camp participant in 2008...Member of Region IV '91 ODP squad from 2005-07...Super Y League National ODP team member in 2007...Named 2007 USL G14 National Tournament MVP.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Three-year starter for Eastlake High School coached by Chuck Krieble...Elected to not play high school soccer senior year and focus on club team...Eastlake reached the Washington 4A Tournament Round of 16 three-straight times from 2006-08, winning the championship in 2007 and the semifinals in 2006...Named to adidas/NSCAA Youth All-Region squad in 2008...Earned Washington Gatorade Player of the Year Award in 2008-09, while being named the state's 2008 AP Player of the Year, All-State 4A Player of the Year, 4A King County MVP and ESPN Rise All-America First Team honors...Also received 2008 Seattle Times All-Star Team recognition and Seattle Post-Intelligencer All-Area team honors...Three-time 4A All-King County First Team honoree from 2006-08...2007 All-State 4A Honorable Mention...Also participated in track and field.
Emily Mary Hurd was born November 22, 1991 in Kirkland, Wash. to Mike and Suzanne Hurd...Has two sisters, Rachel, who plays soccer at Clemson, and Natalie...Credits Dick McCormick, Joe Morris, and Peter Hattrup for helping with progression as a soccer player...Assisted with team camp for Eastlake and Crossfire Premier on a volunteer basis...Member of the Homeless Feeding Program, National Honor Society and worked as a math tutor...Majoring in advertising and public relations...Intends to work in communications following college.
QUOTING COACH WALSH ON HURD
"A true left-footed talent out of the state of Washington, she's one of the best wide-players in the country in her class. An athletic and talented one-on-one player, she is a great crosser. Emily should be able to come in and make an impact for us right from the start."
QUOTING HURD ON PENN STATE
"Penn State provides me with the best opportunity to excel at the highest level both academically and athletically."