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Girls’s Soccer to Face Alabama State in First Spherical of NCAA Event

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The #9 Penn State girls’s soccer workforce (10-2-1, 9-1-1) will meet the SWAC champions Alabama State Hornets within the first spherical of the NCAA Event on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. ET.

That is the primary matchup between the groups in program historical past.


Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: Cary, NC. | Venue: WakeMed Park

Collection Report: First Ever Assembly


Report: 10-2-1, 9-1-1

High Scorers: Ally Schlegel – 11 Objectives, Frankie Tagliaferri – 7 targets, Sam Coffey – 6 Objectives,

High Assists: Coffey – 9 Assists, Tagliaferri – 9 Assists


The No. 4 Penn State girls’s soccer workforce (10-2-1, 9-1-1) fell 1-0 to the Iowa Hawkeyes within the Massive Ten Event semifinal match. Iowa’s aim within the forty eighth minute was sufficient to carry the Hawkeyes previous Penn State.

The Nittany Lions offensive assault tallied 17 pictures within the second half with 9 on aim. Penn State additionally had seven corners within the half as they tried to tie the match.

Regardless of the livid effort by Penn State, the Nittany Lions couldn’t tie the match. Penn State had one ultimate probability with 30 seconds to play within the sport, a header by Eva Alonso went simply over the crossbar and Iowa held on for a 1-0 win.


Penn State makes its Twenty sixth-straight NCAA Event in 2020-21, a streak relationship again to 1995.

The Nittany Lions are 19-3 in first-round matches (PSU obtained byes from the primary spherical in 1998, 1999 & 2000). Penn State is within the midst of a 10-match first spherical successful streak.

A five-time Faculty Cup participant (1999, 2002, 2005, 2012, & 2015), Penn State superior to the quarterfinals 13 instances (5-8).

Penn State has a 55-23-2 all-time file within the NCAA Event with a file of 29-12-1 underneath Erica Dambach.


Head coach Erica Dambach was named the Massive Ten Coach of the Yr for the fifth time in her profession. Redshirt sophomore Ally Schlegel was named the Ahead of the Yr, senior captain Sam Coffey was named the Midfielder of the Yr and Eva Alonso was named the Co-Freshman of the Yr.

Penn State was additionally properly represented on the respective All-Massive Ten groups. Schlegel, Coffey and Frankie Tagliaferri all earned first workforce honors. Payton Linnehan and Alonso had been named to the All-Massive Ten second workforce and Alonso was additionally named to the All-Massive Ten Freshman Staff. Senior captain Kerry Abello was honored with the Massive Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Dambach led the Nittany Lions to this system’s twentieth Massive Ten common season championship this season. It was the eleventh Massive Ten common season championship for the Nittany Lions underneath the path of Dambach. Regardless of the COVID-19 shortened schedule, Dambach led this system to double-digit wins for the 14th consecutive season and continued Penn State’s streak of double-digit wins in each season in program historical past.

Dambach beforehand earned the Massive Ten Coach of the Yr honors in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2018.

Ally Schlegel adopted up her spectacular freshman season, which she was named Massive Ten Freshman of the Yr, with an equally spectacular sophomore marketing campaign. Schlegel led the league in targets for the second-straight season with 11 and led the Massive Ten in factors with 27. She was additionally tied for the league lead with 3 game-winning targets. Schlegel’s 11 targets are tied for sixth within the NCAA and her 27 factors are tied for seventh.

Schlegel is the latest Nittany to earn Massive Ten Ahead of the Yr since Maya Hayes gained the award in 2011 and 2012.

Coffey earns the second Midfielder of the Yr award in her collegiate profession. She was named the ACC Midfielder of the Yr as a sophomore at Boston Faculty. Coffey netted six targets and added 9 assists on the season and tied for the Massive Ten lead with teammate Frankie Tagliaferri with their 9 assists. She was additionally tied atop the Massive Ten along with her three game-winning targets.

Coffey is the NCAA energetic chief in each factors (111) and assists (43). She is the one participant in school soccer with 40 or extra assists

Alonso follows in Schlegel’s footsteps after being named Co-Freshman of the Yr. Alonso has began all 12 video games of her freshman season at heart again for the Nittany Lions on a again line that has allowed simply 10 targets for a 0.83 targets towards common. Alonso has performed all 1,110 minutes to date this season, which leads the workforce. Since 2012, Penn State has earned Freshman of the Yr honors 4 instances (Raquel Rodriguez – 2012, Emily Ogle – 2014, Schlegel – 2019, Alonso – 2021).

Tagliaferri earns the fourth Massive Ten All-Convention honor of her Nittany Lion profession and the second time she has garnered first workforce plaudits. Tagliaferri was named to the All-Massive Ten second workforce in 2019, first workforce in 2018 and freshman workforce in 2017.

Tagliaferri was second within the convention with seven targets and tied for the league lead with 9 assists. Earlier this season, she tied the Massive Ten and faculty file with 4 assists in a single sport. She is the one participant in Massive Ten historical past to have two video games of 4 assists.

Tagliaferri is seventh on the NCAA energetic profession leaders listing with 25 assists and is second with 86 video games performed.

Payton Linnehan earns the second All-Massive Ten honor of her profession after being named to the All-Freshman Staff in 2019.  Linnehan began all 12 video games, scoring 4 targets and added six assists for 14 factors.

Linnehan additionally was named the Massive Ten Event Offensive Most Invaluable Participant in Penn State’s 2019 Massive Ten Event championship.

Senior captain Kerry Abello earned the primary Massive Ten Sportsmanship Award. Abello has been a staple for postseason awards for the convention, incomes first workforce honors in 2019 and third workforce honors in 2018.


Report: 8-2-2, 6-0-1

High Scorer: McKenna Wiscombe – 7 Objectives, 3 Assists. Teaggan Illela & Kassandra Schoen – 5 targets.


Alabama State enters the match on a 10-match unbeaten streak after defeating Grambling State on penalty kicks within the convention championship sport earlier this month. McKenna Wiscombe, the SWAC Event MVP, leads Alabama State with seven targets on the season and is tied with Teaggan Ilela with 17 whole factors.

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