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The Nittany Lions have sat atop the Big Ten preseason coaches' poll every season since the poll began in 2003
Redshirt senior defender Maddie Elliston will captain women's soccer in 2018
Penn State hosts Michigan Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2015, 2017)
BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (2014)
Academic All-Big Ten…Played in all 24 matches, which included 21 starts…Finished the year with a career-best five points on a career-best five assists...Her five assists ranked tied for second on the team in 2017…Elliston and the Nittany Lion defense recorded 13 shutouts on the year…Elliston recorded an assist in back-to-back games against Hofstra (8/20) and at Arkansas (8/25)…Elliston tallied an assist on the game-winning goal with 42 seconds left in double overtime against Illinois (9/17)…Posted an assist in Penn State’s 2-1 win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament title match (11/5)…Recorded her final assist of the year in Penn State’s 2-0 victory over Wake Forest in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (11/17)…Finished the year fifth in minutes played on the team (1,719).
Redshirted during the 2016 season...Started all six matches for the United States U-20 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Academic All-Big Ten...Missed the early part of the season due to an injury...Played 47 minutes in her season-debut at Nebraska (9/25)...Netted an assist in her second game of the season at Iowa (9/27)...Made seven starts on the year...Played the full 90 minutes against Purdue (10/15), UAlbany (11/13), No. 4 West Virginia (11/28) and No. 9 Rutgers (12/4)...Played on the Nittany Lion backline in 11 shutout victories.
Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree...Started all 24 games for Penn State, logging 2,085 minutes of playing time...Registered two assists on the season: one at Wisconsin (10/5) and one vs. Maryland (10/30)...Played at least 90 minutes in 18 games, including 102 minutes vs. North Carolina (8/24)...Took two shots with one shot on goal.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
Was one of five Nittany Lions on the United States U-20 Women’s National Team at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup...Took part in U.S. U-20 WNT training camps in October 2016, September 2016, July 2016, June 2016, April 2016 and January 2016...Joined the U.S. U-20 WNT for a training camp and pair of matches in Papua New Guinea (May 2016)...Traveled to La Manga, Spain, with the U.S. U-20 WNT for the 2016 La Manga Tournament (March 2016)...Participated in the 2014 U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team training camp...Took part in U.S. National Youth Team camps from 2010-14.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Rated the No. 2 defender and No. 8 overall recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com...Two-time Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year honoree...NSCAA All-America honoree and Omaha World-Herald Elite Eight All-Class team pick...Two-time Lincoln Journal Star Class A All-State first team selection and Omaha World-Herald All-Metro first team honoree...In 2014, helped lead Marian to an 18-1 record in 2013 and its 12th-straight Class A state title...Crusaders reached the Class A State Qualifier in 2011 and 2013, and the State Championship in 2012...Also competed for Marian’s cross country team.
Competed for Omaha Elite Girls under head coach Marcus Kelcher...Club won the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Nebraska State Cup Championship...Helped lead team to the 2013 ECNL Heartland Division Championship as a member of Sporting Blue Valley, competing for head coach Huw Williams...Competed with the Region II U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program from 2009-14 and earned the title of team captain for the annual Thanksgiving Interregional four-straight years (2010-13).
Full name is Madeline (Elliston) Nolf...Born in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 29, 1996...Parents are Jim and Patricia Elliston...Has three brothers, David, Daniel and Joseph...David played non-varsity ice hockey for Iowa State...She married Penn State wrestler Jason Nolf on June 30, 2018...Nutritional sciences major...Last name is pronounced Nol-ph.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
“I chose Penn State because it was the one school I fell in love with; it’s as simple as that. It has an unbelievable soccer program with such knowledgeable coaches and the school is excellent. I could not be happier going here.”