Penn State Women’s Soccer, World Cup Alums To Be Honored Saturday At Halftime

Three Penn State women’s soccer alums, including the first two Penn State World Cup champions, will be honored this Saturday at halftime of the football team’s home match against Army.

Ali Krieger, Alyssa Naeher, and Carmelina Moscato are the three former players, the first two of which won the World Cup as part of the United States’ national team in July after a 5-2 victory over Japan in the finals. Penn State had five representatives in this past World Cup, tied for the second-most with Stanford.

Krieger became a nationally known face after starting all seven matches for the national team. She played every minute in the final, and served as a lead defender for a side that didn’t allow a goal in five consecutive matches. Incredibly, as Penn State Athletics notes, she missed only nine minutes in the entire tournament.

A three-time All-American, Naeher backed up Hope Solo in goal. It was her first stint with the team after she starred in goal as the U.S. U-20 women’s national team won the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Moscato, meanwhile, played for a Canada side that fell to England in the quarterfinals. It was her third World Cup appearance with Canada, and she posted a start against the Netherlands.

Photo: Ali Krieger/Twitter

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Ben Berkman

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