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Carly Niness
Carly Niness


Berwyn, Pa.

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Sixty-Eight Nittany Lions Earn Fall Academic All-Big Ten Accolades

Penn State has accumulated 3,852 honorees during 18 years of the program


No. 13 Nittany Lions Stopped by No. 6 Wake Forest, 4-2

Maya Hayes Scores 30th and 31st Goals of the Year, Setting New Penn State/Big Ten Single-Season Points Record at 70


No. 13 Lions Set for Sunday Sweet Sixteen Match at WFU

Penn State (21-4-0) Seeks First NCAA Quarterfinal Appearance Since 2006


No. 13 Lions Face No. 12 Marquette in NCAA Second Round

Fourth-Seeded Penn State (20-4-0) Seeks First Trip to Sweet Sixteen Since 2007


No. 11 Lions Seek Sixth Tourney Title on Sunday

Penn State (19-3-0) Will Play its Eighth Big Ten Tournament Championship Match; Nittany Lions Riding 13-Game Winning Streak

Year GP-GS Goals Assists Points GWG Shots
2008 19-1 1 3 5 0 11
2009 18-10 0 0 0 0 3
2010 20-19 0 0 0 0 4
2011 19-10 1 3 5 0 15
Totals 76-40 2 6 10 0 33


2011: Started first nine games of the season on back line, until rib injury at Wisconsin (9/17)...Moved to midfield and forward during Big Ten season, earning first assist and point since freshman year at Minnesota (10/2), helping on game-winning goal...Scored first goal in nearly three years at Indiana (10/9)...Ran point streak up to four games with assists in back-to-back games against Nebraska (10/14) and Iowa (10/16).

2010: Started the last 14 games in central defense, making 19 total starts in 20 appearances...Recorded a shot vs. Iowa (10/10), Wisconsin (10/17), Michigan (11/7) and Penn (11/12) in the NCAA Tournament.

2009: Started in 10 of 18 total appearances, including last eight games, in holding midfield position...Made second-career start in 1-0 opening day-win over then-No. 9 Virginia (8/21)...Recorded three shots on the year, two at Wisconsin (10/18) and another against Illinois (10/25)...Made first NCAA Tournament start against Colgate (11/13)...Named to Academic All-Big Ten team.

2008 Played in 19 games as a forward...Scored her first career goal against then-No. 1 Notre Dame (9/21)...Earned her first career start against then-No. 4 Portland (9/28) where she tallied an assist...Recorded a season high three shots-on-goal in a 1-0 victory over Northwestern (10/3)...Registered a helper on the opening goal against Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (11/14).

A four-year member of the Conestoga varsity team, Niness was one of only two freshmen to make the squad...Named Main Line Times Second Team freshman year...Member of the Central League Championship team her sophomore year...Scored the game-winning overtime goal...Three-time Main Line Times First Team...Named to the All-State team her junior and senior years...Member of the Southeastern Pa. Soccer Coaches Association All-Star Team her junior year...Two-time Daily Local First Team including Player of the Year her senior season...Two-time Central League First Team and MVP of the league her final season...Named to the Philadelphia Inquirer First Team her senior season...Chester County Female Athlete of the Year...Led her squad to the 2007 PIAA Championship ...Also lettered in track...Holds nine school records on the track...An All-State and All-American her freshman and sophomore years.

Full name is Carly Elizabeth Niness...Born October 23, 1989 in Berwyn, Pa. ...Daughter of Sam and Kathy Niness...Has older sister, Ashley, who runs track at Colgate University...Enjoys dancing when not on the field...Majoring in business.

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