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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 14 Penn State women's soccer team returns home to Jeffrey Field following its three-match road trip. The Nittany Lions (7-1-3, 3-1-1 B1G) will host Michigan (5-2-6, 2-1-3 B1G) on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. before taking on Michigan State (5-8-0, 1-5-0 B1G) on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.
Both matches will be streamed on BTN2Go.com, but fans must have a BTN Plus account to access the stream. Live stats will be available on GoPSUsports.com.
ATTENDING JEFFREY FIELD
Admission and parking for women's soccer regular season events are free. Fans are reminded that there is a no bag policy in place on stadium grounds.
- Pink Zone Game
- Breast Cancer Survivors can walk out with the Nittany Lions and be recognized at halftime
- Pink Zone Warm Up T-Shirt auction
Michigan State Promotions:
Senior Day ceremony, presented by the Penn State Alumni Association - Our seven seniors will be recognized prior to kick off so arrive early!
- Social Sunday - follow our social media pages for more details closer to the match
- THON Day
LOOKING AT MICHIGAN
Michigan enters the match against Penn State with an overall record of 5-2-6 and a record of 2-1-3 in Big Ten action.
During the non-conference slate, the Wolverines tallied a 2-0 victory over Washington (Aug. 18), finished in a 1-1 tie against Ole Miss. (Aug. 25), fell to then-No. 11 South Carolina (Sept. 3), 2-1, and tied then-No. 17 Wake Forest (Sept. 10), 0-0.
Two weeks ago, Michigan went to Minnesota (Sept. 21) and recorded a 2-2 tie before heading to then-No. 9 Wisconsin (Sept. 24) and posting a 2-1 in overtime.
Offensively, three Wolverines have tallied 10 points-or-more this season. Leading the team in points is Reilly Martin (13), followed by Sarah Stratigakis (11), and Taylor Timko (10). Martin and Timko lead the team with four goals apiece. A trio of Wolverines lead the team in assists with five apiece (Brooke Cilley, Martin, and Stratigakis).
In net, three Wolverines have seen time in action this season. Senior Sarah Jackson leads the team in minutes played with 735:47, followed by Hillary Beall (470:00), and Megan Hinz (90:00). Jackson has recorded 50 saves, a goals-against average of 0.98, and has a save percentage of 0.862.
LOOKING AT MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State heads into the weekend with an overall record of 5-8-0 and a record of 1-5-0 in Big Ten play. Prior to Sunday’s match against Penn State, Michigan State takes on Ohio State on Friday.
Earlier this season, the Spartans took the then-No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers to overtime, but fell 2-1.
Last weekend, Michigan State recorded a 3-0 loss against Nebraska (Sept. 29) before tallying a 3-2 win against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Offensively, Jamie Cheslik leads the team in goals (six) and points (15). Along with Cheslik, Lexy Warner has chipped in 10 points on four goals and two assists.
In net, Reilley Ott has played in all 13 matches, allowed 25 goals, has a save percentage of .747, a goals-against average of 2.16, and has posted two solo shutouts.
LAST TIME OUT
Penn State wrapped up its three-match road trip last weekend with a 1-0 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. In the contest, the Nittany Lions outshot the Buckeyes, 12-5. Ohio State tallied its lone goal of the game during the 65th minute. Looking for the game-tying goal, the Penn State offense tallied five shot attempts during the final 15 minutes of regulation, including a shot from Alina Ortega Jurado that hit the crossbar in the 82nd minute.
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.
THE FINAL STRETCH
With six games left (for the majority of the teams) in the Big Ten regular season, the top six teams in the standings are separated by three points. Purdue currently leads the table with 13 points followed by Ohio State (12) and four teams are tied with 10.
In the most recent polls, Penn State sits at No. 10 (Soccer America), and No. 12 (TopDrawerSoccer), and No. 14 (United Soccer Coaches). The Nittany Lions are also No. 20 in the NCAA RPI.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Seniors Frannie Crouse and Megan Schafer have ascended the Penn State all-time charts during their Nittany Lion careers.
Crouse ranks 12th in points (86), 11th in goals (35), 10th in game-winning goals (13), is sixth in shots on goal (99), is 12th in shots
attempted (212), and T-25th in assists (16). Schafer ranks tied for 19th in points (71), 17th in goals (27), T-15th in game-winning goals (10), is 23rd in shots attempted (128), and is 24th in assists (17).
Along with Crouse and Schafer, a trio of Nittany Lions have also etched their names into the PSU record books.
Haleigh Echard has netted 44 shots on goal during her career, which ranks tied for 20th. Emily Ogle’s 14 goals rank 23rd all-time, while her four penalty kicks made are third-most in program history. Junior Charlotte Williams is tied for 25th in assists (16), is T-13th in shots on goal (64), and is T-21st in shots attempted (129).
COMING UP CLUTCH
Seniors Frannie Crouse and Megan Schafer have combined for 23 career game-winning goals. Crouse’s 13 game-winning goals rank 10th all-time at PSU, while Schafer’s 10 game-winning goals are tied for 15th.
Since the start of the 2011 season the Penn State women’s soccer team has scored the second-most goals in the country (381). UVa leads the nation in goals scored during that stretch (437). (Stats courtesy of UVa Sports Info.)
On Sept. 17, Laura Freigang captured a 1-0 victory for the Nittany Lions in a double overtime thriller over Illinois. Freigang’s goal with 42 seconds left in the second overtime session marked the latest goal in a game for Penn State since Nov. 7, 2010, when Ali Schaefer scored a goal with 17 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Nittany Lions to a 1-0 victory over Michigan.
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 West Virginia, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 8 Virginia, Penn State women’s soccer played three-straight matches against teams ranked in the top-10 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 threeassists. 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.
I n 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.
Kerry Abello, Casey Ballow, Shea Moyer, Frankie Tagliaferri, and Emma Thomson make up the Penn State freshman class this fall. 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.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Nittany Lions have posted an all-time record of 229-26-12 at Jeffrey Field, which includes a Big Ten
Conference record of 104-6-5. Since the start of the 2011 season, Penn State has a record of 69-6-6 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.
Among the national leaders in attendance, Penn State ranks sixth in overall attendance (9,939) and fourth in average attendance (1,988).
OH CAPTAINS, MY CAPTAINS
Defenders Elizabeth Ball and Brittany Basinger have been named the captains of the 2017 Penn State women’s soccer team.
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 will 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.
DEPENDABLE DEFENSIVE DUO
Seniors Elizabeth Ball and Brittany Basinger have been a mainstay on the Nittany Lion backline for the past few seasons.
Heading into the weekend, Ball ranks 10th all-time at PSU in minutes played (6,878), while Basinger is 20th (6,132).
Heading into the 2017 season, six Nittany Lions have received preseason honors.
The Big Ten announced its players to watch list with Elizabeth Ball, Brittany Basinger, and Frannie Crouse garnering 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.
No. 14 Penn State takes to the road next weekend for a pair of matches at No. 23 Rutgers and Maryland. The Nittany Lions take on the Scarlet Knights live on the Big Ten Network on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Maryland on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.