No. 6 Nittany Lions continue B1G play and host Spartans

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. –Penn State’s No. 6 women’s soccer program is set to host Michigan State on Thursday, Sept. 29 with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Jeffrey Field.

GAME INFORMATION

Michigan State (7-1-3, 2-0-1)

  • Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 | Time: 7 p.m. EST
  • Location: University Park, Pennsylvania | Venue: Jeffrey Field
  • Live statistics | Look: B1G+
  • Admission: Free

Parking Information

Parking for all Penn State Athletics non-football related events will require a valid permit or payment of applicable parking fees for campus grounds. Fans with a valid Penn State University park parking permit will be permitted free parking at non-football sporting events in accordance with Transportation Services parking and access policies.

For women’s soccer matches, fans are asked to park at Jordan East, Stadium West or Porter North. Fans without a permit are encouraged to pre-pay for event parking at a discounted rate of $5.50 through ParkMobile – https://psu.parkmobile.io/. Prepayment is available until 11:59 p.m. the day before each event. Parking on the day of the event will cost $10 per vehicle and is cash only/can be purchased on the ParkMobile app. The east deck is also available for most events for $1 per hour.


Parking for all non-football sporting events is handled by Penn State Transportation Services. For more information or questions, visit transport.psu.edu or email [email protected]

PENN STATE DISTRIBUTION
Slip: 7-1-2, 2-0-1
Top scorers: Ally Schlegel (4 Goals), Penelope Hocking (4 goals)
Best assists: Kate Wiesner (5 assists)
Top saves: Catherine Asman (33 saves, 0.846 save percentage)

LAST TIME OUT

  • Penn State shut out Illinois in a 5-0 victory Sunday at Jeffrey Field.
  • The PSU defense limited Illinois to just four shots on goal with three Asman saves and a senior+ save Morgan Messner.
  • Asman was named the Big Ten’s Goaltender of the Week for her two flawless performances against No. 4 Rutgers and Illinois. She made six saves in the shutout for No. 4 Rutgers.
  • Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Sophomore Mieke Schiemann hauled in his second weekly honor this season. The Berlin, Germany native anchored the PSU defense as the youngest defender in back-to-back shutouts against No. 4 Rutgers and Illinois.
  • Hocking led the way by scoring a brace with his first goal coming just 30 seconds into the game. For her efforts, as well as her insurance goal in the 2-0 upset of No. 4 Rutgers, she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.
  • Senior+ Jillian Jennings scored the second goal of his career and his first goal for the Blue and Whites since transferring from Boston College in 2021.
  • First-year student Olivia Smith and junior Kaitlyn MacBean both scored their first career goals.
  • Nittany Lion’s five goals were the most conceded by the Fighting Illini this season after their 0-4 loss at Notre Dame on August 28.

MICHIGAN STATE SCOUTING

  • The Spartans are coming off a 3-1 road win over Purdue on Sunday.
  • Graduate student Camryn Evans and senior Lauren DeBeau are tied at six goals leading the Spartans this year.
  • DeBeau will not be available for the game after the Big Ten conference imposed a one-game suspension for a violation of league policy in MSU’s game against Purdue on Sept. 25.
  • 17 different Spartans have picked up an assist.
  • Senior Redshirt goaltender Lauren Kozal recorded 29 saves with an .853 save percentage.

PENN STATE VS MICHIGAN STATE

  • Penn State leads the all-time series against Michigan State 24-5-0.
  • PSU is on a five-game streak against the Spartans.
  • The Nittany Lions have beaten MSU 16-4 in the last five games.
  • The last time PSU played at Michigan State, the Nittany Lions won 2-1 on the road on October 21, 2021. Schlegel scored the equalizer in the 79e minutes and Ellie Wheeler scored what would be the match winner in the 84eminute.
  • Michigan State last beat PSU 3-1 in 2016.

OTHER NOTES

  • The Nittany Lions have been selected as favorites to win the 2022 Big Ten Conference championship alongside Rutgers, according to the conference’s annual preseason head coaches survey.
  • For the first time in Big Ten Preseason Poll history, there was a tie for first place with Penn State and Rutgers leading the list.
  • The Nittany Lions have been chosen as conference preseason favorites every year since 2003.
  • Under the direction of the head coach Erica Dambachthe Nittany Lions have won 11 regular-season Big Ten championships and four Big Ten Tournament championships as she enters her 16th season as head coach of Penn State.
  • The Nittany Lions have the No. 1 recruiting class of 2022 in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com
  • The Bleu & Blanc return 18 winners and welcome 11 new ones.
  • With nine points so far this season, Schlegel has 94 career points.
  • Seniors Penelope Hocking, Payton Linnehan and Schlegel were named Big Ten Players to Watch.
  • Hocking and Schlegel have been named to the United Soccer Players to Watch – Forwards coaching list and the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
  • The Nittany Lions faced four ranked opponents after beating 21st-ranked West Virginia, 2-0 and 4th-ranked Rutgers 2-0, lost to 12th-ranked Stanford, 2-0 and tied 19th-ranked Georgetown 2-2.
  • Mieke Schiemann was named Big Ten Defender of the Week on August 30 after scoring her first career goal and first career assist against WVU.
  • Amelia White was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on August 23 after collecting an assist in each of her first two collegiate games against Duquesne and Georgetown.
  • Wiesner is ranked third in the conference with five assists this season.
  • Penn State is 7-0 when it scores the first goal.

NEXT TIMEOUT

The Nittany Lions will travel to Ohio State on Sunday, October 2. Kick-off is scheduled for noon.

The Penn State women’s soccer season is presented by the Smeal College of Business.

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