Penn State Women’s Captains for Soccer Team Names Declared
They will be taking over the spot that was led by Amanda Dennis, Ellie Jean, and Kaleigh Riehlin in 2019. This Trio will lead the Nittany Lions as captains as per the official announcement done on Tuesday. Along with the captains, the names of team members and players were released as well.
Coach Dambach said that these three players- Frankie Tagliaferri, Kerry Abello, and Sam Coffey- are incredibly talented. They will serve as befitting leaders for their soccer program. The Trio is said to represent the 3 pillars of support for their team and will be responsible to push the team forward. The coach further added that these three players are ideal choices as they will bring a set of diverse qualities to the team.
Performing hard both in their soccer skills and academics, these student-athletes have displayed dedication and drive towards what they do. Sam, Kerry, and Frankie will be great for this leadership post for the University’s programs. Coach Erica also said that these will be ‘phenomenal’ captains for the team.
Who are these new ‘Captains’?
Kerry Abello is a senior and was titled as 1st Team All-Big Ten honoree, CoSIDA 1st Team Academic All-American, and 2nd Team All-North Region in 2019. She has been playing with the Nittany Lions for a while now and has been a part of 62 games. Among these games, she started all 24 games that she played in the last soccer season.
Throughout her soccer career, Kerry has bagged 8 assists and 15 goals for her team; including 3 assists and 8 goals from 2019.
Sam Coffey is also a senior and received the title of 1st Team All-Big Ten honoree, 1st Team, and 1st Team All-North Region in 2019, just like Abello. She was also named 2nd Team United Soccer Coaches and 2nd Team Best X TopDrawerSoccer. Coffey has played a total of 25 games for Nittany Lion in her first season and had 24 starts.
She was tied for 2nd position in Big Ten with 32 points; Sam had recorded 10 assists and 11 goals. During her 2 season game in Boston College, she had scored 24 assists and a total of 17 goals. For the MAC Hermann Trophy, she played till the semifinals at Boston College. She was also the 1st Team All-American ACC Mid-fielder of the Year.
Frankie Tagliaferri in her senior year was rewarded with the titles of 2nd Team All-Big Ten performer and Big Ten All-Tournament team for the 2019 season. In 2018, she also got named 1st Team in both All-Big Ten honoree and All-North Region. Frankie had played 25 games in the last season and received 24 starts. As a junior with 6 goals, she scored 2nd rank for her 10 assists in Big Ten.
Tagliaferri also provided 4 assists in a single game for the Nittany Lions team against Michigan State; for which she was tied for the Big Ten record. In her Nittany Lion career, she has 48 starts from a sum of 74 games she appeared in. These three student-athletes have worked hard for years for their game and this could be a stepping stone in their journey to success.
Both Women’s and Men’s athletes have started to return to the University campus a few months back. The student-athletes are trying to make most of this time and prepare themselves for the upcoming season.
However, the team schedules are yet to be announced for their Big Ten tournaments.
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