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Penn State Women's Soccer Gets #2 Seed in NCAA Tournament

The Nittany Lions will host Buffalo in the first round of the tournament, this Friday at 7:30PM.

Midfielder Emily Hurd in last year's National Championship game. Like a boss.
Midfielder Emily Hurd in last year's National Championship game. Like a boss.

It's been quite a season for the Penn State Women's Soccer team. They finish the regular season ranked #4 overall, behind UCLA, Stanford, and Texas A&M, with a final record of 17-2-0. They won the regular season Big Ten Championship for the 16th time, after cruising to a 12-1-0 record in conference.

The team was quite busy collecting their post-season awards as well. Let's just run down the insanely impressive list of accolades that were presented to the Nittany Lions.

  • Erica Walsh, Big Ten Coach of the Year (the third time she has been honored)
  • Whitney Church, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (the second time she has been honored)
  • Raquel Rodriguez, Big Ten Midfield of the Year (she was also Freshman of the Year in 2012)
  • Emily Ogle, Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • Raquel Rodriguez and Whitney Church, First Team All-Big Ten
  • Emily Hurd, Frannie Crouse, Kori Chapic, and Britt Eckerstrom, Second Team All-Big Ten
  • Emily Ogle and Maddie Elliston, Big Ten All-Freshmen Team
  • Kindrah Kohne, Sportsmanship Award

An extremely impressive list, for sure. Unfortunately, the team stumbled in their Big Ten Tournament debut, falling to #8 seed Northwestern, 1-0, despite only allowing one shot on goal. It was a disappointing end to the Big Ten season, but the girls have the chance to more than make up for it in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State will take on Buffalo at 7:30 PM at Jeffery Field this Friday (11/14/14). The Lions sit as the #2 seed in their portion of the bracket, with Texas A&M as the #1 seed, West Virginia as the #3, and Notre Dame as the #4. Should the Nittany Lions defeat Buffalo this Friday, they will advance to face the winner of New Hampshire and UConn in the second round.

Also representing the Big Ten in the tournament will be Rutgers and Big Ten Tournament champions, Wisconsin. Rutgers faces a first round match up with La Salle, and #4 seed Wisconsin will take on DePaul.

Make sure you get out to Jeffery Field this Friday night, and help cheer on the girls to take one more step towards the National Championship!