Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Nittany Lions take top offense into final four
by Paul Kennedy, November 30th, 2012 1:40AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college women

MOST COMMENTED

[WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Penn State] Penn State makes its fourth appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament semifinals Friday when it faces Florida State in San Diego (TV:  ESPN3, 8:30 pm). But Coach Erica Walsh and goalie Erin McNulty know all about the Seminoles. Walsh was an FSU assistant when it went to the 2005 Women's College Cup, the last time Penn State advanced to the final four. And McNulty started for the Seminoles on their 2009 College Cup runner-up team.

THREE STARS:
Senior midfielder Christine Nairn scored the winning goal on a penalty kick in the 1-0 win over Penn State in the quarterfinals. The only active collegian who has been capped for the United States, Nairn leads the nation's top offense with 16 goals and 11 assists.

Junior Maya Hayes has tallied 15 goal and six assists for the 2012 campaign after playing a pivotal role in helping the USA win the Under-20 Women's World Cup in September. She led the nation with 31 goals in 2011.

Costa Rican international Raquel Rodriguez, who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, committed to Penn State sight unseen but didn't know she'd been cleared by the NCAA until 48 hours before her scheduled departure. Walsh says the Tica's resume is "unlike that of any other player in the college game."

TACTICS:
After Nairn's early goal against Duke, Walsh switched to four in the back with freshman Corey Persson, a converted forward, being brought on.

NUMBERS GAME:
The Nittany Lions have won 15 straight Big Ten regular-season titles.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"We’re prepared, we’ve done a ton of video and we’ve learned more about ourselves in this past tournament than we have all season." -- Nairn.

PROBABLE STARTERS:
Goalkeeper
00 Erin McNulty GS Canada
Defenders
14 Kori Chapic SO Novelty, Ohio
17 Whitney Church SO Ashburn, Va.
23 Bri Hovington JR Lothian, Md.
Midfielders
3 Emily Hurd SO  Sammamish, Wash.
10 Christine Nairn SR Arnold, Md.
11 Raquel Rodriguez FR Costa Rica
18 Maddy Evans  SR Glenside, Pa.
19 Taylor Schram JR Canonsburg, Pa.
Forwards
5 Maya Hayes JR West Orange, N.J.
16 Mallory Weber  FR Novi, Mich.
--------------------------------
Email: Send releases to Soccer America
Friend Soccer America
Facebook
Follow Soccer America Twitter
Sign up College Soccer Reporter



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Virginia upsets No. 1 seed Notre Dame    
No. 16 seed Virginia upset top-seeded and defending champion Notre Dame, 1-0, to move into the ...
Providence advances to final eight for first time    
A Markus Naglestad 30-yard free kick goal late in the second half gave No. 11 Providence ...
UMBC, the ACC giant slayer, strikes again    
UMBC won its third straight game on the road against current and former ACC giants, following ...
Texas A&M completes Women's College Cup field    
Texas A&M got two goals from Allie Bailey to defeat Penn State, 2-1, and advance to ...
NCAA Division I Men's Tournament schedule    
Play resumes in the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Sunday with the round of 16. Four ...
Keeper Campbell wins shootout for Stanford    
Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give Stanford a ...
Seminoles return to College Cup for fourth year in a row    
Second-ranked Florida State is headed back to the Women's College Cup for the fourth year in ...
Virginia stuns top seed UCLA in quarterfinals    
Virginia gained revenge for its defeat to UCLA in last year's Women's College Cup semifinals with ...
Anteaters stun Cardinal with first win in nine meetings    
[STANFORD-UC IRVINE: Men] Michael Sperber scored the first goal of his career in the 97th minute ...
Musketeers advance on 'legendary day'    
[INDIANA-XAVIER: Men] Xavier beat No. 5 seed Indiana for the first time with a 2-1 win ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives