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Women’s Soccer Legend ‘Rocky’ Rodriguez Up For Best Female College Athlete ESPY

Women’s soccer standout Raquel ‘Rocky’ Rodriguez solidified her place in Penn State history with the game-winning goal of the 2015 National Championship, and now she’s captivating national attention. The clutch footballer is one-of-five nominated for the coveted 2016 Best Female College Athlete ESPY. The kicker? You get to vote her into that number one spot.

Rodriguez, whose college career has always been about more than just the game, was recently named Penn State’s female student-athlete of the year. The Costa Rica native was the second Nittany Lion in program history to win the Mac Hermann Trophy, the Heisman of college soccer. She also made both the All-Big Ten First Team and the Academic All-Big Ten Team — the list of her accolades goes on.

For the uninitiated, an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) is an award that recognizes a range of  sports successes, both individual and team-wide, over the past year. In the Best Female College Athlete category, the lone Penn Stater is up against Michigan softball’s Sierra Romero, UConn basketball’s Breanna Stewart, USC volleyball’s Samantha Bricio and Maryland lacrosse’s Taylor Cummings.

Voting for Rodriguez is easy — just click on her picture here. You’ll increase her chances of two monumental life accomplishments: a well-deserved award and a chance to meet John Cena, the host of the 2016 ESPYs. You’ll also make sure Michigan doesn’t win and therefore still sucks. Tune in on ABC Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m.



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Sara Civian

Sara Civian is one of Onward State's three ridiculously good looking managing editors, a hockey writer at heart, and an Oxford comma Stan. She's a senior majoring in journalism, minoring in history, and living at Bill Pickle's Tap Room. Her favorite pastimes are telling people she's from Boston, watching the Bruins, and meticulously dissecting the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. She's seen Third Eye Blind live 14 times. If you really hate yourself, you can follow her at @SaraCivian or email her at [email protected]


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