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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 5 Penn State women's soccer team (4-1-0) heads to No. 8 Virginia (4-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 10, to close out its non-conference portion of the 2017 regular season. The match is slated for a 2 p.m. start at Klöckner Stadium.
The match will be broadcasted live on ACC Network Extra via WatchESPN. On the call will be Channing Poole (play-by-play) and Paddy Foss (color analyst). Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPSUsports.com
LOOKING AT UVA
The No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers fell to the No. 1 UCLA Bruins, 2-1, Thursday night at Klöckner Stadium.
Against UCLA, the Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Ashley Sanchez during the 11th minute of play.
The Cavaliers were able to tie the game at 1-1 before halftime on Taylor Ziemer’s second goal of 2017 in the 38th minute. UCLA then took back the lead in the 57th minute on Mackenzie Cerda’s third goal of the year.
In net, Laurel Ivory finished the evening with one save.
Virginia is 4-2-0 on the season, with its other loss of the year coming at home against Wisconsin (Aug. 31 - 1-0).
Earlier this season, Virginia captured a 2-1 double overtime victory at then-No. 2 West Virginia on Aug. 24.
Offensively on the year, Ziemer leads the UVA offense with six points on two goals and two assists. Taryn Torres has also tallied four points on two goals.
Ivory has played every minute in net on the year (555:15). In goal this year, she has allowed four goals, made eight saves, has a goals against average of 0.65, and recorded three shutouts.
PSU VS. UVA
The Penn State-Virginia series dates back to the 1997 season. Penn State leads the all-time series, 7-4-1, but Virginia has won the last two meetings.
The two programs last met season in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament with Virginia capturing a 3-0 victory.
Prior to the meeting last season, the two programs last met in 2013. In that contest, Virginia topped Penn State, 5-1.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 5 Penn State is coming off a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday night at Jeffrey Field.
In a contest that featured 13 combined shots, Penn State struck early in the seventh minute of play on its second shot attempt of the outing.
On the goal, junior Charlotte Williams played the ball to Frannie Crouse inside the 18-yard box. Crouse then extended her right foot and put the ball past the UNC goalkeeper for her second goal of the season at 6:17.
In net for the Nittany Lions, Rose Chandler recorded both of her saves on the night during the second half. During the 87th minute of play, Chandler kept the Tar Heels off the scoreboard with a leaping one-handed save on a shot from 30-yards out.
Following her first career two-goal game in a 3-1 victory against No. 8 BYU, junior Marissa Sheva was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 22. Her Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor was the first of her career.
A week later, Sheva netted her second two-goal game of the season in a 4-2 win at Arkansas.
For her two-goal outing at Arkansas, Sheva was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.
TEN IN THREE
During the first three matches of the 2017 season, Penn State recorded one of its best starts in program history offensively.
For the seventh time in program history, Penn State women’s soccer has scored at least 10 goals in its first three matches of the season.
The program record for goals scored in the first three games was set back in 1996 (12).
The Nittany Lions are ranked in the top-five in all three major polls. Penn State is No. 4 in both Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer polls, and is No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
Crouse ranks T-12th in points (82), 11th in goals (35), 10th in game-winning goals (13), seventh in shots on goal (93), and is 12th in shots attempted (195).
Schafer ranks 20th in points (69), 17th in goals (26), T-16th in game-winning goals (nine), is 24th in shots attempted (117), and 24th in assists (17).
TOUGH TEST EARLY
The Penn State women’s soccer team will embark on a tough stretch during its non-conference season. The Nittany Lions will open the season against No. 8 BYU (Aug. 18) before hosting Hofstra (Aug. 20).
After the opening weekend of the season, Penn State then travels to No. 17 Arkansas (Aug. 25) and then to Morgantown, W.Va., for a clash with No. 1 West Virginia (Sept. 2).
Following a two-game road trip, the Nittany Lions return home to host No. 6 North Carolina (Sept. 7) at Jeffrey Field and then the non-conference slate comes to a close with a trip to No. 11 Virginia (Sept. 10).
With matches against No. 6 North Carolina and No. 8 Virginia this week, Penn State women’s soccer will play three-straight matches against top-10 teams in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The three-match top-10 stretch is the first of its kind for PSU since the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
The Nittany Lions return 22 letterwinners to the program for the 2017 season, including seven starters from the 2015 College Cup Final.
Of the 108 points tallied as a team last season, the Penn State offense returns 97 of those points. Offensively last season, Frannie Crouse paced the Nittany Lions with 27 points on a Big Ten-best 12 goals and she added three assists. In addition to Crouse, Megan Schafer posted 17 points on six goals and five assists, while Charlotte Williams netted 16 points on six goals and four assists.
In net, Rose Chandler returns to the team after sitting out last season after joining the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Along with Chandler, Amanda Dennis is back for her sophomore season. As a true freshman last year, Dennis went 12-5-4, recorded seven solo shutouts, posted a goals against average of 0.92, and tallied 59 saves.
The Penn State women’s soccer class of 2021 is comprised of five members. Though it is a small class, it is a highly touted class; according to TopDrawerSoccer, the Nittany Lion freshman class is ranked No. 4 overall.
The quintet bring numerous accolades and experience with the U.S. Women’s National Team youth program to the Nittany Lions.
THE B1G SLATE
The 2017 Big Ten regular season schedule features Penn State playing six road matches and five matches at Jeffrey Field. Penn State opens the conference slate with fellow 2016 Big Ten champion No. 23 Northwestern on Sept. 14 at Jeffrey Field. The opening weekend of conference action continues with the Blue & White hosting Illinois on Sept. 17.
The Nittany Lions then head on the road for three matches against Iowa (Sept. 22), No. 22 Nebraska (Sept. 24), and Ohio State (Sept. 30). Following Penn State’s road trip, the Nittany Lions return home to host Michigan (Oct. 6) and Michigan State (Oct. 8).
The final stretch of conference play begins with a pair of matches at No. 21 Rutgers (Oct. 12) and Maryland (Oct. 15). Penn State then returns home for its regular season home finale against Purdue (Oct. 20) before heading to Madison, Wis., to close out the regular season against Wisconsin (Oct. 25).
Due to a rotating schedule, Penn State will not play Indiana or Minnesota during the 2017 regular season.
Senior Frannie Crouse has scored 35 career goals, 13 of which have been game-winners for the Nittany Lions. Her 13 game-winning goals rank 10th all-time at Penn State.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Nittany Lions have posted an all-time record of 227-26-12 at Jeffrey Field, which includes a Big Ten Conference record of 102-6-5. Since the start of the 2011 season, Penn State has a record of 67-6-6 at Jeffrey Field.
Penn State kicked off its 2017 campaign with the fifth-best crowd in program history at Jeffrey Field. Against No. 8 BYU on Aug. 18, 3,570 fans came out to witness the Nittany Lions capture a 3-1 victory.
Heading into her senior year, Ball has played in 72 matches, which includes 71 starts, scored six goals and added one assist.
Basinger will be a redshirt senior in 2017 as she received a redshirt during the 2014 season. Heading into 2017, she has posted 71 starts in 71 games played, netted 14 points on four goals and six assists.
#PSWS ON BTN
The Nittany Lions will have three regular season matches broadcasted live on the Big Ten Network (BTN) during 2017.
BTN is scheduled to broadcast the North Carolina-Penn State match (Sept. 7), the Northwestern-Penn State match (Sept. 14), and the Penn State-Rutgers match (Oct. 12).
PICKED TO DEFEND
Prior to the start of the 2017 season the Nittany Lions were picked to win the Big Ten regular season title.
Since the beginning of the coaches’ preseason poll in 2003, the Nittany Lions have been picked to win the conference every season.
The 2016 season saw Minnesota, Northwestern, and Penn State all tie for the league title.
Heading into the 2017 season, six Nittany Lions have received preseason honors.
TopDrawerSoccer announced its Preseason Top-100 list and its Preseason Best XI Teams.
On TopDrawerSoccer’s Top-100 list, Emily Ogle is No. 5, followed by Kaleigh Riehl at No. 7, Crouse is No. 18, Maddie Elliston is No. 43, and Ball rounds out the Nittany Lion contingent at No. 55.
Ogle and Riehl were also named to the TopDrawerSoccer Best XI First Team, while Crouse was named to the TopDrawerSoccer Best XI Second Team.
Along with the Big Ten and TopDrawerSoccer honors, Crouse and Ogle were named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY
The 2017 Penn State women’s soccer roster is bolstered with numerous Nittany Lions with national team experience with their respective countries.
Last fall, six Nittany Lions competed at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, as five Penn Staters represented the United States and Laura Freigang was a member of the German National Team. For the United States, Rose Chandler, Maddie Elliston, Ellie Jean, Emily Ogle, and Kaleigh Riehl donned the Red, White & Blue.
Along with the Penn State presence at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, a handful of Nittany Lions have taken part in competitions/training camps for their respective national teams at different age levels since the start of the calendar year.
The Nittany Lions begin the 2017 Big Ten regular season at Jeffrey Field on Thursday, Sept. 14, against the Northwestern Wildcats. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start live on the Big Ten Network.