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Raquel Rodriguez Scores Costa Rica’s First-Ever World Cup Goal

Four Nittany Lions started off their World Cup campaigns with wins this past week, including Ali Krieger in Team USA’s 3-1 win last night. On Tuesday afternoon, the fifth and only current Penn State women’s soccer player in the tournament did what she does best in an attempt to clinch a win for her team as well. Forward/midfielder Raquel Rodriguez of Costa Rica scored her country’s first-ever World Cup goal in its first appearance.

Spain scored in the 13th minute of the game to take a 1-0 lead, but Costa Rica wasted no time as Rodriguez tapped the ball in a mere 74 seconds later. Rodriguez’s goal was the 25th of her career with the Costa Rica Women’s National Team, the most of any current player.

The goal was also the first-ever World Cup goal by a Nittany Lion (excluding Krieger’s game-winner in penalty kicks at the last World Cup, of course).

FIFA’s latest world rankings set Spain as the world’s No. 14 team and Costa Rica at No. 37. The two teams tied in this match, thanks in part to a big-time goal by a big-time player.

Way to go, Raquel!

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