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Penn State Women’s Soccer Rounds Out 2020 Roster With Two International Signings

Penn State women’s soccer added two new members to its 2020 roster on Tuesday, adding Eva Alonso and Maria Fjolnisdottir.

The squad gained some international flavor in the signings. Eva Alonso hails from Spain, while Fjolnisdottir is from Iceland.

Both players will join the squad with professional experience. Alonso played the past two seasons for Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish Women’s Primera Division, while Fjolnisdottir played for two different clubs in Iceland.

Alonso scored the only professional goal of her career in a 2-1 win against Espanyol last November and played a large part in Rayo Vallecano’s eighth-place finish in the 16-team Primera Division.

At the international level, Alonso has represented Spain at the U17 and U19 age groups. In 2018, the midfielder started in the championship match of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, taking home the title in Uruguay.

Alonso will hope to slot into the midfield rotation despite a strong returning cast.

Fjolnisdottir could be the defensive cog head coach Erica Dambach is searching for. Dambach described the Icelandic player as “a hard-nosed defender who can also make the game for us.”

Like Alonso, Fjolnisdottir appeared for both club and country before traveling stateside. She won the second tier title in Iceland with Fylkir in 2018 and earned a promotion to the top flight.

Fjolnisdottir has competed for her nation in the youth levels and made five appearances in the 2016-17 UEFA Women’s U17 Championship.

Both Alonso and Fjolnisdottir will come to Happy Valley as freshmen. They will have four years of eligibility for Dambach as the squad looks to improve on last season’s Sweet 16 exit.

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a freshman majoring in print journalism. He lives just outside of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Unfortunately, that means a lot of sadness. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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