Five Penn State Women’s Soccer Stars Named To U.S. U-20 National Team World Cup Roster
Penn State women’s soccer is one of the best teams in the country, and now five players will be able to show off their skills to a worldwide audience. Rose Chandler, Maddie Elliston, Ellie Jean, Emily Ogle, and Kaleigh Riehl have all officially been named to the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
They will all be taking a trip to Papua New Guinea with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team from November 13 to December 3. Penn State will be represented more than any other school on this particular 21-member national team, and this isn’t even the first rodeo for a lot of these players. It’s Chandler and Riehl’s second FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. They were on the roster in 2014 too, but neither saw the field.
Last December was a different story. Chandler was in net for the United States as she helped the team capture its fourth-straight CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship with a 1-0 victory over Canada. She shined brightly in the tournament with three-straight shutouts and ended up receiving the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
With Chandler in net, the Nittany Lions will also contribute heavily towards Team USA’s defensive backline. Elliston, Jean, and Riehl will all help to secure a lockdown defense, while Ogle will aid in goal scoring.
The U.S. kicks off the tournament on Monday, November 14 against France, and then moves on to face New Zealand on Thursday, November 17. It will then finish group play against Ghana on Monday, November 21. You will be able to catch all of this action on the FOX family of networks.
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