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Incoming Nittany Lion duo receive Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honors
Incoming freshman Frankie Tagliaferri named to the U.S. U-20 WNT training camp, April 8-15
Four Penn Staters will take part in three matches for their respective national teams
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Took part in a U.S. U-20 WNT training camp (April 2017)...Joined the U.S. U-20 WNT at the 2017 La Manga Tournament (March 2017)...Took part in a U.S. U-19 WNT training camp (January 2017)...A member of the U.S. Women's National Team at the U-14, U-15, U-17, U-19, and U-20 levels...Attended numerous training camps and competitions with the USWNT...Played for the U.S. at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship and the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship...Was teammates with current Nittany Lion Ellie Jean on the U.S. U-17 WNT at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship...A member of the USWNT that competed at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup...Recorded 24 caps and 11 international goals with U.S. U-17 WNT...Scored a goal in the first two U.S. matches at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Ranked No. 5 overall, and the No. 3 forward, in the 2017 class by TopDrawerSoccer...Three-time NSCAA All-American (2014-16)...2014 and 2015 all-state and All-Shore Player of the Year...Three-time First Team All-Shore, all-state, and tri-state...2015 tri-state Player of the Year...2015-16 New Jersey Gatorade State Player of the Year...2015 USA Today National Player of the Year...2016 first team All-Shore, all-state, and tri-state (missed half of the year due to the 2016 U-17 Women's World Cup)...Played club soccer for PDA...PDA won the 2015 ECNL National Title...Played high school soccer for Colts Neck.
Francesca Claire Tagliaferri was born on January 18, 1999 in Red Bank, New Jersey...Parents are Francis and Tracy Tagliaferri...Has a younger brother, Trey...Plans to major in pre-med.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
“I chose Penn State because it feels like home. The students, teachers, teams, coaches, and the overall atmosphere gave me a comfortable and supportive feeling from the first time I visited. There are so many opportunities to succeed, and an incredible environment and support staff that will help me do so. After I visited Penn State for the first time, I knew exactly why they call it ‘Happy Valley.’ I can’t wait to call Penn State my home for not only the next four years, but for the rest of my life.”
DAMBACH ON FRANKIE
“Frankie is a versatile attacker with tremendous athleticism and a great understanding of the game. She can torture the opposition from a few different positions on the field and can score goals and set her teammates up equally well from anywhere on the field. She will be an absolute handful for any defender in the country!”