Six Penn State Soccer Players Ranked Among Top-100 Nationally
Penn State boasts two of the best soccer teams in the country, and some of its best players to boot. One men’s team player, along with five members of the women’s team, are ranked within the top 100 players in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, a site that meticulously ranks and follows collegiate soccer.
On the men’s side, forward Connor Maloney is ranked as the No. 8 player in the nation, an impressive spot for the junior. Maloney was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, a first-team unanimous selection, and four team All-American. He played in every game, scored 10 goals, and tallied 23 points. He also started every game of his freshman season, so he hasn’t missed a game — or start — in his career. The No. 23 Nittany Lions open the season at home on Friday against San Francisco.
The women’s team, already 2-0 and ranked No. 6 in the country, feature five of the top 100 players in the nation. Its led by senior Raquel Rodriquez, ranked No. 13, an All-American last year and team captain. Rodriguez served as the only current Penn State student-athlete at last summer’s World Cup, helping lead Costa Rica to its first appearance. The forward from San Jose brings plenty of experience into her senior year.
Midfielder Emily Ogle, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season, joins Rodriguez in the top-50, ranked No. 27. Like Maloney one year prior, Ogle started in all of her games during her freshman campaign, and competed at the 2015 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team.
Forwards Frannie Crouse and Mallory Weber, and midfielder Maddie Elliston find themselves ranked No. 61, 67, and 71 respectively. Crouse, a sophomore, also enjoyed a stellar freshman season, earning All-Big Ten Freshman Team and All-Big Ten Second Team honors. Weber begins her senior season as a team captain, and was a member of the U-20 Women’s National Team that won the 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. Elliston also joined her teammates on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team last season, and participated in the 2014 U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team training camp.
Boasting numerous accolades, it should be a successful season on the pitch for both Penn State soccer teams.