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Nittany Lions face Scarlet Knights

UNIVERSITY PARK – The No. 17 Penn State women’s soccer team hosts No. 4 Rutgers Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. ET on Jeffrey Field.

The game will be on national television as the Nittany Lions and Hoosiers square off on Big Ten Network with Dean Linke (PxP) and Jackie Manny (Analyst) on the call.

GAME INFORMATION

Rutgers (9-0-0, 1-0-0)

Date: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 | Time: 6 p.m. ET

Location: University Park, Pa. | Venue: Jeffrey Field

Live Stats | Watch: BTN

Admission: Free

Parking Information

Parking for all Penn State Athletics’ non-football events will require a valid permit or payment of the applicable parking fee for campus lots. Fans with valid Penn State University Park parking permits will be permitted to park at non-football athletics events for free, following Transportation Services parking policies and access.

For women’s soccer matches, fans are asked to park in the Jordan East, Stadium West or Porter North lots. Fans without a permit are encouraged to prepay for event parking at a discounted rate of $5.50 through ParkMobile – https://psu.parkmobile.io/. Prepayment is available through 11:59 p.m. the day prior to each event. Event day parking will be $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 athletics events is managed by Penn State Transportation Services. For more information or questions, visit transportation.psu.edu or email parking@psu.edu.

PENN STATE BREAKDOWN

Record: 5-1-2

Top Goal Scorers: Ally Schlegel (3 Goals), Mieke Schiemann (3 Goals)

Top Assists: Kate Wiesner (4 Assists)

Top Saves: Katherine Asman (24 Saves, .800 save percentage)

LAST TIME OUT

No. 8 Penn State opened Big Ten play with an 0-0 draw at Indiana on Sunday afternoon.

While the Nittany Lions out-shot the Hoosiers 15 to seven, IND’s keeper, sophomore Jamie Gerstenberg, kept her team in the game by saving eight shots on goal.

Freshman forward Amelia White led the Blue & White in her home state of Indiana with six shots, four of which were on goal. Three of her on target shots came in the first half.

The PSU defense limited Indiana to three shots on goal, all saved by Asman.

The 0-0 draw was Indiana’s sixth this season.

SCOUTING RUTGERS

Rutgers (9-0-0) and UCLA (8-0-0) are the only two programs with a perfect record in Division I.

This will be Rutgers’ first road game in six matches. They started the season on the road with three matches winning at New Mexico, UNLV and Providence.

The Scarlet Knights most recently won 2-0 versus Ohio State on Sunday.

The squad is ranked in the top-10 nationally in several statistical categories, ranking sixth in total goals (29), seventh in assists per game (3.11), eighth in points per game (9.56) and tenth in scoring offense (3.22).

Juniors Sam Kroeger and Allison Lowrey are ranked seventh in nation on the individual leaderboard each with three game-winning goals. Both Scarlet Knights have six total goals and two assists to lead team with 14 points each.

Sophomore Riley Tiernan is ranked 10th in the nation with six total assists.

Rutgers is the defending Big Ten regular season champs, but the Scarlet Knights fell in the Big Ten Tournament 1-0 to Michigan last season.

In 2021, Rutgers advanced to NCAA semifinals before falling to Florida State 1-0.

PENN STATE AGAINST RUTGERS

Penn State leads the all-time series against Rutgers 10-9-4.

Over the last five matches, PSU is 0-4-1 against the Scarlet Knights. The four losses were all one goal advantage wins for Rutgers. The tie came in 2017 as the teams drew 0-0 in the Big Ten Tournament opener with PSU advancing 4-3 on penalty kicks. PSU would win the tournament.

In their last matchup, No. 16 Rutgers beat No. 8 PSU 2-1 in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights used a late penalty-kick goal to top the Nittany Lions.

Rachel Wasserman scored a goal in the last season’s match at Rutgers.

The year PSU won the national championship in 2015, PSU and Rutgers played each other three times. Penn State lost the regular season game 0-1 but would win 2-0 in the Big Ten Tournament and 2-0 in the College Cup semifinals before defeating Duke 1-0 for the title.

OTHER NOTES

The Nittany Lions were selected as the favorite to win the 2022 Big Ten Conference championship alongside Rutgers, according to the annual preseason poll of conference head coaches.

For the first time in the 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 picked as the conference preseason favorites every year since 2003.

Under the direction of head coach Erica Dambach, the Nittany Lions have won 11 Big Ten regular season championships and four Big Ten Tournament championships as she enters her 16th season as Penn State’s head coach.

The Nittany Lions have the No. 1 2022 recruiting class in the nation per TopDrawerSoccer.com

The Blue & White return 18 letterwinners and welcome 11 newcomers.

With six points so far this season, Schlegel has 91 career points.

Seniors Penelope Hocking, Payton Linnehan and Schlegel were named Big Ten Players to Watch.

Hocking and Schlegel were named to the United Soccer Coaches Players to Watch – Forwards list and to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.

The Nittany Lions have faced three ranked opponents having defeated No. 21 West Virginia, 2-0, lost to No. 12 Stanford, 2-0 and tied No. 19 Georgetown 2-2.

Schiemann was named Big Ten Defender of the Week on Aug 30 after notching her first career goal and first career assist against WVU.

White was Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Aug. 23 after tallying an assist in each of her first two collegiate matches against Duquesne and Georgetown.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Nittany Lions stay at Jeffrey Field to host Illinois at noon on Sunday.

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