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Frannie Crouse Scores Game-Tying Goal In Pro Debut

A hectic week for former Penn State women’s soccer star Frannie Crouse ended with a number of milestones.

The first round draft pick of the National Women’s Soccer League’s North Carolina Courage was placed on waivers last Monday to make room on the roster for Japan national team defender Yuri Kawamura.

But with the U.S. national team calling its players in early for upcoming friendlies against China — with a roster that includes four members of the Courage — North Carolina was forced to sign a number of national team replacement players for a game Sunday against the Houston Dash.

Crouse was one of those signings and after not appearing in any of the Courage’s first 11 games, she logged her first professional minutes as a sub in the second half.

Less than 20 minutes after making her debut, Crouse tied the game, 1-1, on a half volley from a couple yards out.

The 80th-minute goal helped keep the first-place Courage unbeaten at the halfway mark of the season. 

Crouse’s replacement contract was just for the game, but after making her mark in her debut, here’s to Crouse finding a roster spot somewhere along with the 10 other Nittany Lions in the league.

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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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