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Women’s Soccer Slated To Play Two NWSL Teams

The National Champion Penn State women’s soccer team was dominant throughout the 2015 season — so dominant only three teams found a way to defeat them during the regular season. But after cruising through the schedule, the Lions are seeking a new challenge — professional teams.

Penn State women’s soccer will play a pair of professional teams from the National Women’s Soccer League this spring. The team first squares off against the Washington Spirit in Germantown, Maryland on March 26 before heading up to Rochester, New York for a meeting with the Western New York Flash on April 2.

The Spirit made the playoffs in the 2015 NWSL Season, and will be using the Nittany Lions as a preseason primer before regular season action kicks in. The club features Penn State graduate and World Cup champion Ali Krieger along with other Nittany Lions Whitney Church, Christine Nairn, Joanna Lohman, and Tiffany Weimer.

The Flash, on the other hand, did not have a stellar 2015 season, and drafted two players from the 2015 College Cup winning team to aid the rebuilding process. Britt Eckerstrom and Mallory Weber are expected to join the Flash during preseason training camp in March, and will in the unique position of facing their alma mater during the April clash.

Penn State also plays three additional games this spring — all of which will be on campus. The Nittany Lions will play Pittsburgh in an exhibition at Holuba Hall on February 27, followed by a two game stretch at Jeffrey Field against Duquesne and Bucknell on April 10 and 14, respectively.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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