Penn State ladies’s soccer has dominated the Huge Ten Convention during the last three a long time, nevertheless it was not till the 2000 season that the Nittany Lions really stamped the start of a dynastic period.
On Oct. 27, 2000, they captured a detailed 1-0 victory over Michigan State that not solely rounded off a daily season championship with an ideal 10-0 report, but additionally gave Penn State its third straight common season convention title.
Penn State achieved an ideal report regardless of shedding their star ahead Christie Welsh to a stress fracture in her foot for five-straight video games.
The sport remained goalless for a majority of the outing till then-freshman Stephanie Smith completed off an unassisted effort within the 69th minute to win the match.
Smith would later be named to the All-Huge Ten second crew.
The crew, led by coach Patrick Farmer would proceed into the postseason, successful the 2000 Huge Ten Match and ultimately attain the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship with a 22-3-1 total report.
Farmer was the inaugural coach of Penn State’s ladies’s soccer program.
The 2000 season was his seventh — and closing — 12 months in Glad Valley earlier than changing into a coach for an expert aspect within the newly fashioned Girls’s United Soccer Affiliation.
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4 of the 11 starters for Penn State have been freshman, and that very same 12 months, Penn State’s ladies’s soccer’s recruiting class was declared the sixth-best within the nation by Soccer Buzz Journal.
The crew boasted a report six first crew All-Huge Ten gamers in Welsh, Joanna Lohman, Bonnie Younger, Megan Mills, Luanne Strom and Emily Oleksuik.
Welsh and Lohman have been named Huge Ten Participant of the Yr and Freshman of the Yr respectively.
This marked the second time Welsh was the recipient of the award.
Welsh would go on to be named a runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the Heisman Trophy of school soccer, an award she would ultimately win in 2001.
Following her freshman season in 1999, Welsh was given the nod to spend her spring semester taking part in for the U.S. ladies’s nationwide crew.
Within the 2000 season, Welsh amassed 17 objectives and eight assists. She led the convention in objectives and factors, whereas Smith led the Huge Ten together with her 12 assists.
The 2000 Penn State ladies’s soccer crew tightened its vice grip on the Huge Ten Convention.
Its quest for nationwide glory wouldn’t be acknowledged till 2015, although, because the 2000 postseason in the end led to heartbreak with the Nittany Lions falling 1-0 to Portland in time beyond regulation.
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