Sheva receives @bigten Offensive Player of the Week honor.
— Penn State WSOC (@PennStateWSOC) August 22, 2017
The junior from Sellersville, Pa., scored two goals in the season opener Friday, leading the Nittany Lions to a 3-1 win over then-No. 8 BYU at Jeffrey Field. Michigan’s Brooke Cilley garnered defensive recognition, while teammate Sarah Stratigakis and Northwestern midfielder Madi Kennel took home co-freshman of the week laurels.
Sheva, who also runs middle and long-distance events for the track team, nabbed a spot in Penn State’s loaded starting lineup thanks to a strong showing in training camp. Dambach called her early production a pleasant surprise following Friday’s victory.
“Marissa has proven to be somebody who can handle those big moments,” Dambach said. “As a two-sport athlete, she wasn’t with us in the spring, so we weren’t exactly sure what we’d get out of her.”
Sheva and the Nittany Lions travel to Fayetteville Friday for a big road match versus Arkansas. After being unranked to start the season, Penn State checked in at No. 9 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.